Oman Oil Company (OOC), the government’s investment arm in the energy related sectors, signed a collabouration agreement with Muscat University.
According to the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Muscat University will support OOC’s continuous efforts to boost in-country value (ICV) by advancing academic and career development of the students of the Muscat University.
According to a press release, the MoU will run for three years and will pave the way for qualified employees of the company and its subsidiaries to be involved in academic activities. The two organisations will also work together in organising, promoting, and coordinating long and short-term Muscat University student placements and internships to Oman Oil and its affiliated companies.
According to the agreement, OOC and Muscat University will facilitate professional development activities of interest to both parties and the engineering and business community in general. This also includes organising seminars, academic interactive sessions, conferences, and coordinating student visits to the OOC’s affiliated companies’ labouratories and coordinating student visits and field trips to various operational sites.
Further, the agreement allows for the provision of guest lecturers to Muscat University education programmes as may be relevant to chemical engineering, oil and gas, and energy related topics.
Additionally, OOC will assist with sponsoring of a professorial chair at the university for research and teaching in the field of energy and unlock potential research and academic consulting projects.
Saleh al Musalhi, director of human capital, ICT and supply chain at OOC said, “Signing this MoU will bring about opportunities to Muscat University students, where the students would be able to tap into real life experience and get acquainted with essential skills during their placements, as well as visits to some of our operational sites.”
From the Muscat University side, Professor Mouzughi, vice chancellor, said, “At the heart of Muscat University’s vision is developing close links with industry and the signing of this MoU with Oman Oil is yet another manifestation of this vision and our commitment to being close to the community in which we operate. We believe that this agreement will provide excellent opportunities for both Oman Oil staff and Muscat University students”.