Prof. Basel Dayyani during is motivational talk at the British School Muscat

A Young Innovator talk for Generation Z held at the British School Muscat

MUSCAT During an inspiring, motivational talk held at the British School Muscat yesterday Assoc. Professor Basel Dayyani, Department of Computer Science at the Germany University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) encouraged the young school students to think as inventors, creating ideas from an early age onwards, while helping to solve everyday problems. Computer Science is not only about programming but about “how to think” about problems our world is facing, said Prof. Basel Dayyani, during an afternoon talk entitled “The Young Innovator”.

Inventions could be “anything that makes you more comfortable in everyday life. Anything that brings comfort and is easy to use,” he said. “Once you like doing something it becomes fun and you can achieve many things. For example, I love to code with artificial intelligence,” he said. Currently Prof. Basel is involved in many projects such as programming software for Machine Learning as well as for the financial and health sector, e.g. for cancer detection. Professor Basel stressed that technology has become the second nature of the Generation Z, those born after 1997. At the same time it is important to play games, to do sports and to read in order to enhance the production of neurones in our brains and therefore to enhance imagination. “When children play with toys it is not a waste of time.”

Prof Basel Dayyani graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder from the Center of Astrodynamics Research. He is a former NASA scientist. He has worked on mapping the gravity field of Earth at NASA. He also worked in Silicon Valley/ California (USA) and he has over 30 years of experience in the software industry in different engineering fields, working for IBM, Microsoft, Parametric Technology, Synopsys and Unisys. During the talk Prof. Basel showed a short video about the NASA Mars exploration that started in the 1980s; Prof. Basel was part of the initial team that started its research about Mars already around 30 years back.

Looking back on his own work and career path, he had some strong and clear messages for the young innovators in the classroom. To achieve certain goals, patience, hard work and failures are essential. “To train for the World Cup you have to train hard,” he said while adding that failures are important for the entire learning process. “You will fail many times, but the tenth time you will succeed – do not give up. You learn from your failures. Keep on going until you find the solution,” he said, encouraging the students to pursue their ideas.

Prof. Basel Dayyani is teaching Software Engineering and programming at GUtech. The BSc in Computer Sciences at GUtech is a four year programme with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Information Systems.

 

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GUtech team prepares for the Shell Eco-marathon Asia

HALBAN A group of eight GUtech students from the departments of Engineering and Computer Science are currently building an eco-friendly car to participate in the annual Shell Eco-marathon Asia challenge, planned to be held in Singapore this March. For the third time GUtech will participate in this global competition. For the first time two female students participate, one of them is Arjawan Al Hajri, 3rd year Process Engineering student. She will drive the car: “I love driving cars. I think it will be a very good experience,” she said. The software programming of the car has been developed by another Omani female student, Al Shifa al Hadi. “The automatic control programming is an important feature of the car. The team studied the cars of their Asian competitors in the previous challenges and came up with innovative ideas, such as automatic control programming for the car. “The computer programme will increase the car’s performance. It will mainly focus on sensing and reporting car-related parameters to the driver,” said Prof. Dr. Nafaa Jabeur, Head of the Department of Computer Science at GUtech.

Commenting on GUtech team’s preparations for Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017, Muna Al Shukaili, General Manager of External Relations at Shell Development Oman stated: “We are very pleased to see that German University of Technology in Oman is set to compete in Shell Eco-marathon for the third time. I hope the competition will help develop students’ talents and make a contribution to sustainability in Oman. We are also very pleased to see that for the first time we have female students in the Omani teams participating in Shell Eco-marathon. I wish them all the best of luck as they arrive in Singapore in March for this challenge.” The chassis of the car is ready, it will take another month to build the body before the shipment. “The team worked hard in their free time and on the weekends. In June they started designing the car,” said Dr. Emmanouil Bouzakis, Senior Lecturer of the Engineering Department at GUtech. He is supervising the entire team work. The team used lightweight materials such as aluminium alloys and carbon fibre composites. “The car is very light it should be very fuel efficient,” said Mohammed Salman, the team leader of the GUtech team. A number of companies are sponsoring the team: Oman Air, Oman Cables and Europoles Middle East.

Last year, after passing the technical checks and improving the different features the students drove a specific fuel consumption of 0.6 l per 100 km. Around 100 teams participated in the Shell Eco-marathon in previous years, but many failed the inspection tests and therefore were not accepted for the race.

The students hope that their ideas and inventions can contribute to building lighter and eco-friendlier cars in future. The students would like to motive other students to think in more sustainable ways. After the competition, they are planning to showcase the car to school students in Oman.

 

Engineering students Thikra and Aseel study German at GUtech

Students present their videos in German

Thirty-two groups of students from GUtech have presented their projects on “German Celebrations throughout the year” on Tuesday afternoon to the public. On the sidelines GUtech staff members and students were invited to taste Christmas cookies and cake. “The aim of the project is to work in a group and to use basic vocabulary to describe German festivals by applying it for example to a theatre play, a short movie, a newscast, a shadow-play or a comic. Most of the groups decided to produce a video of their projects at GUtech or in their home environment,” said Andrea Cornelissen, DAAD Representative and German lecturer at GUtech. Cornelissen and her colleagues of the German Department gave the students various suggestions, regarding religious holidays or more secular ones like the German National Day celebrated on the 3rd of October each year to commemorate the German Reunification.

Several groups created a film about the German National Day. The students did not have a lot of time to realize the movie. “We realized the project in between our assignments. To get some background information we interviewed GUtech interns who are from Germany. They told us about the history of the reunification,“ said Atheel Al Fouri, 4rd semester student in BEng Environmental Engineering. “For us German is not a difficult language, since it is close to English. I can understand more than I can speak,” she said. Her friend Thikra Al Harrassi, BEng Environmental Engineering enjoys studying German at GUtech. “It’s a beautiful language. We would like to practice more,” she said. Both students are looking forward to attend an Engineering laboratory course at GUtech’s partner-university RWTH Aachen in Germany in the 7th semester of their study programme.

At GUtech German is taught as a second language, since English is the language of teaching. All students study German for 3 semesters within their Bachelor programmes. The goal is to acquire a basic level of communication in German, including conversations while traveling within the country. For everyday use, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland German is the official language and it is necessary for foreigners to know its basics.

 

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German State Secretary and his delegation visited GUtech

HALBAN The Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell received Matthias Machnig, State Secretary at Germany’s Ministry of Economy and Energy and his accompanying business delegation on campus. The delegation was accompanied by H.E. Hans-Christian Freiherr von Reibnitz, German Ambassador to the Sultanate. The Rector introduced the State Secretary to the university, its faculties, their research activities and future development plans. The delegation was on a two-day exploratory visit to the Sultanate. Members of delegation represented various industry sectors such as agriculture, engineering, construction, logistics, health services, business consultancy as well as lawyers.

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GUtech Programming Team wins Gulf title

A GUtech team named ‘GUtech Eagles’ has won the title of ‘Gulf Champions’ during the 2016 Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) held in Egypt. The programming team was the most successful among other GCC teams. The contest was sponsored by IBM.

The GUtech team included Prof. Dr. Rudolf Fleischer of the Department of Computer Science (Coach) as well as Abir Al-Ansari (Contestant), Neeraj Krishnan Gopikrishnan (Contestant) and Maram Mohamad (Contestant).

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International Geosciences Conference to be held at GUtech on 9 -15 Nov. – top scientists will attend –

HALBAN An International Geosciences Conference entitled “Sea level Change from Minutes to Millennia” will be held between the 9-15 November at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). A total of 50 scientists from 50 different countries including Germany, US, China, Estonia and Canada will participate. “We analyse the impact of sea level changes. Sea level changes are either the impact of instant changes like storms, indundations and tsunamis or long-term changes as the consequence of global climate change. This is important as coastal areas are densely populated, including critical infrastructure, such as desalination plants,” said Prof. Dr. Goesta Hoffmann, Associate Professor at GUtech’s Department of Applied Geosciences and at Bonn University (Germany). For his research achievements, Professor Goesta Hoffmann received the National Research Award of The Research Council last year. The conference has been organized five times per year. The meeting in Oman will be a kick-off meeting for a joint project, to be scheduled between 2017-2021, which will have four principal investigators. The six-day conference will include a one day workshop at GUtech, two day oral and poster presentations at the university and three days field workshop in different places in Oman. The conference is sponsored by UNESCO, the German Association of Geoscientists in Bonn, Cologne and Julich and GUtech.

 

The Programme of the conference supports work on five themes:

Earth Resources: Sustaining our Society

Global Change: Evidence from the geological record

Geohazards: Mitigating the risks

Hydrogeology: Geoscience of the water cycle

Geodynamic: Control our environment

 

About the IGCP: International Geological Correlation Program

The Programme has always built bridges between disciplines and between scientists, including young ones, with aims of stimulating cutting-edge research and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of all.

For over forty years, UNESCO has worked with the International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS) to mobilize global cooperation in the Earth sciences through the International Geoscience Programme. This Programme has provided a platform for scientists from across the world to push the frontiers of knowledge forward through concrete projects. Better understanding the Earth is essential for the diversity of life and future of human society. The Earth sciences hold key answers to the challenges we must overcome to preserve our environment and develop sustainably.

UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity in geology and geophysics, and the International Geoscience Programme is our flagship.”

 

BSc Logistics students visit Germany

Logistics Operations in Germany – GUtech conducted Study Excursion

BARKA To learn more about logistics operations in Germany, a group of GUtech 5th semester students and the acting Head of the Department of Logistics, Prof. Dr. Halil Guenduez, recently conducted a study-excursion to Germany. The excursion was financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). “The students learnt about supply chain management how logistics work in different fields and on different scales. We have been conducting field trips in Oman. However, this is the first logistics excursion abroad. The students were very impressed about the automatization and the size of supply chain and logistics operations and even got ideas about where to conduct their internships next year,” said Dr. Halil.

 

The students stayed in the city of Aachen where they first visited GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University. There they met the Dean of the School of Business and Economics Prof. Thomas Kittsteiner and by Prof. Dr. Oliver Lorz who introduced them to the department, the studies at RWTH Aachen and the campus.

 

Each day the group then visited a different Logistics company in the field of airport, maritime and distribution logistics in the region, such as DHL in Aachen-Wurselen and Cologne-Frechen, the baggage handling logistics center of the Airport of Cologne, and Zalando Apparel and Shoes warehouse in Mönchengladbach as well as a coal mining industry and the port of Duisburg. On the sidelines the students also visited historical cities of Cologne, Stolberg, and Monschau in Germany, the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and the Belgium capital Brussels.

 

About the programme

 

“The Bachelor of Science in Logistics aims at providing students with a solid and in-depth knowledge of logistics, supply chain management, and transportation management. The programme combines a comprehensive education in engineering subjects of logistics and in business subjects of logistics and supply chain management. The graduates will primarily gain knowledge about the most important business methods and theories, the understanding of logistics and the ability to apply optimization and simulation techniques. Beside those skills the programme offers management and entrepreneurial courses, so that graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to work in a responsible position of an established logistics company as well as in a start-up or emerging business, in particular in the field of logistics service providers.” said Dr. Halil.

The programme has a quantitative orientation which includes many courses where good mathematical understanding is required. Graduates of the Logistics programme will be able to take over responsible administrative or management positions in logistics in the Sultanate of Oman and the region or to enroll in further postgraduate programs. Our aim is to support Oman’s logistics chain investments with very good qualified graduates, boosting the Sultanate’s capacity to move its domestic and export cargo, as well as strengthen its credentials as a major freight transshipment hub.

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GUtech conducted Professional Development Days for its employees

BARKA The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has conducted professional development workshops for its employees recently. “Knowledge is changing in a very fast pace. We have organized the professional development days for the third time, just before the start of the academic year. It is important for us to train and motivate our staff so that they learn themselves and motivate the students throughout the year,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech.

This year two groups of academics from GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University conducted training courses in the basics of Blended Learning and on Teaching Methods. The workshop included different sessions on key challenges in teaching, conducted by a group of researchers from the Center of Learning and Knowledge Management (ZLW) at RWTH Aachen University.

Knowledge changes very fast and needs to be renewed continuously. “Ten years after school, there is no added value for a learner. Five years after graduating with a Bachelor or Master’s degree there is no value anymore,” said Prof. Dr. Heribert Nacken, the Rector’s delegate for Blended Learning and Exploratory Teaching Space at RWTH Aachen University. According to Prof. Nacken, those who teach at university should be aware of how we learn. In order to apply and improve the work of our brains with its neurotransmitters, knowledge usually needs to be practised and repeated. To increase the learning outcome for students various teaching techniques can be applied, according to the motto “Life is where there is a connection,” said Prof. Nacken. He suggested to use e-learning, a self-paced learning media to teach certain skills, e.g. in natural sciences, in engineering and even in language learning. “The first input always comes from a human being,” said Prof. Nacken. Referring to the Dual Code Theory a link between the verbal or oral and pictoral or visual perception create knowledge in the long-term memory of the brain. However “visual information is usually faster than aural information” he said. Explanations for illustrations are usually better understood in a spoken (oral) form than in a written presentation only.” Prof. Nacken also recommended to reduce the learning material for students and to apply various media while teaching. GUtech staff was introduced to new teaching techniques involving ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ or the ‘flipped classroom technique’ where the lecturer plays the role of a mentor instead of a presenter and the students themselves acquire their own knowledge from various sources.

The second part of the workshop conducted by a team from the Center of Learning and Knowledge Management at RWTH Aachen University, GUtech academic staff was asked to give sample presentations and their teaching styles was recorded and analysed by their fellow colleagues. They were also given advice how to improve their presentation style, based on the body language, the spoken words and the tone of the voice. At the end of the one week workshop an academic vision was projected for GUtech. Participants gave suggestions about their vision for the year 2015 – how the teaching, the student-lecture interaction and the overall study environment will look like. Due to the very positive feedback to the workshop, the university is planning to conduct a follow-up workshop next year.

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GUtech students conduct study-trip to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

MUSCAT A group of Omani and international students of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) travelled to GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University in Germany last week. The annual study-trip has been conducted since 2009, its main aim is to introduce the students to life in Germany so that they experience the classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. For most of the students it is the first trip to Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded the students with study-scholarships. DAAD is one of the world’s largest and most respected intermediary organizations in the field of academic exchange. Every year the organization sponsors a large number of foreign and German academics worldwide. The GUtech students of different study-programmes had to apply with a letter of motivation that was followed by an interview.

The group students and two GUtech staff members study German at RWTH Aachen’s Language Centre in the mornings and in the afternoons they attend a university and cultural programme that includes sightseeing around Aachen and its countryside, to the Netherlands, to Belgium and other German cities like Cologne as well as an Omani evening for students and RWTH Aachen professors along with GUtech alumni and GUtech fly-in professors.

RWTH Aachen University is located in the centre of the city of Aachen. Currently more than 42,000 students are studying at RWTH Aachen University, which is one of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe. RWTH Aachen is a member of the prestigious IDEA league, a network of leading Universities of Technology in Europe. The Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg is Head of the Board of Governors at GUtech.

GUtech offers German classes for BSc or BEng students. The university promotes study and research exchange with RWTH Aachen University and other universities in Europe.

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GUtech welcomes all new students

German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) is pleased to congratulate all the students whom been accepted in GUtech, and to welcome them in their second home. Studying in GUtech is considered as a totally different milestone in your academic and career path, with its distinguished high quality curricula presented with innovative and interactive methods. GUtech is proud by the International accreditation of all it’s academic programmes being partnered with the prestigious Aachen University, its Eco friendly campus and the variety of facilities it offers for the students. We wish you all success. Kindly communicate with the Us on 80082222

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