GUtech celebrates International Cultural Night

The International Student Group of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) organised the first International Night entitled “Unity in Diversity” at the university’s premises in Halban last week. Throughout the evening, GUtech students presented poems in German and Arabic, a fashion show of Bangladeshi dresses was showcased and traditional Sri Lankan dances were shown. “The event shows the commitment and the vision of our university being an international university. We appreciate the work of the International Student Group to unite all nationalities,” said Dr Juergen Werner, Deputy-Rector for Academic Affairs in his speech.

International students and staff attended the event in their traditional attires, making the whole ambience vibrant with rich colours and beautiful dresses. Various food stalls, boutiques, and quiz programmes also kept up the multi-cultural spirit of the evening. “During my initial days at GUtech I was surprised on observing the cultural, linguistic and ideological diversity and richness of students and staff. Cultural events of this kind help create a general feeling of tolerance and appreciation for the unique aspects of various cultures and traditions. Also when various cultures meet, we learn that there are more similarities and fewer differences,” said Shaharin Hassain, President of the International Student Group.

All through the event food stalls offered authentic dishes from Oman, Germany, Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Philippines, Italy, Africa and Iraq and a stand by the US Embassy. There were raffle draws and awards for best dress, best performer and best stall, as well as quiz programmes and prizes. “The event has been organised as a means to showcase the rich cultural diversity of GUtech and also to generate among the students a feeling of appreciation for other cultures, views and lifestyles,” said Ayisha Albright, student affairs executive. “Considering conflicts and a sense of distrust and intolerance increasingly becoming the norm, no effort should be spared to bring together various cultures and viewpoints to facilitate meaningful dialogue and mutual understanding and respect,” she said. A children’s fashion show by the Annanya group from Bangladesh, and the traditional Kandyan dance of Sri Lanka as well as Indian and Bangladeshi dance performances received appreciative applause.

GUtech and German Railway signed MoU

To initiate special training programmes for the upcoming railway sector in Oman, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed last week between GUtech and the DB International GmbH, the international frontrunner of the German Railway, Deutsche Bahn DB at GUtech in Halban.

Due to the upcoming railway project in Oman, that will connect all GCC countries, there is a demand for specialized training in the coming years. “In cooperation with DB International this MoU will allow us to design and set up a specialized training programme for railway engineering students and technicians in Oman.” said Dr.-Ing. Tobias Effey, Head of Training and Smart Solutions Center at GUtech. The training programme will be held at GUtech Campus in Halban.

“Through this cooperation with DB International we will also be able to send highly qualified students and local faculty for on the job training programmes in facilities of the German Railway,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances of GUtech.

The German Railway / Deutsche Bahn AG is one of the world’s leading passenger and logistics companies and operates in 130 countries. The company’s railway activities in Germany – with about seven million passengers and 1,138,000 tons of freight transported every day – is its core business.

“We decided to partner with the German University of Technology in Oman since they are a well-established University of Technology with an excellent reputation in the Sultanate of Oman. Together we will offer high quality technical training programs for the Oman National Railway sector”, said Michell-Auli, Member of the Board International Markets

Charity Fun Fair

The Student Council at (GUtech) planned their annual charity event. This year theme was Fun Fair. The event included around 15 local vendors, who displayed their products, and music performances accompanied with Omani songs, local bands, and comedy show which made the event entertaining. The event also included bike show and car show.  A special area was set up for kids’ games including a Bouncy Castle and there was also a raffle draw.