BARKA The Department of Applied Geosciences (AGEO) at GUtech, recently conducted a two weeks international excursion to Germany with a group of 18 students and their professor and an assistant. The study-trip was part of the curricula, with its main goal to learn more about the geology of Germany and the regional development of a region. “The students had to familiarize themselves with different aspects of applied geology such as the development of natural resources or the usage of ground- and sub-surface water as well as natural stones in the lower Rhine district. With a focus on the presentation of thermal springs, coal and base metal deposits as well as volcanic rocks, we gave the students an overview of topics that cannot be presented here in Oman,” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, who organized and headed the excursion along with his assistant.
In the second part of the excursion the students learnt more about the socio-economic development of a region, that developed from a coal mining region to a more diversified economy today. Throughout the excursion the group also visited the geological garden and the mining museum in Bochum. “During our visit to the mining museum the students got an impression about the coal-based economic rise of the Ruhr region,” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, who is specialized in mining sector. “Although coal mining will be closed in two years, the production of metals will continue with cheaper imported energy resources since the skills and know how is still there.”
The students visited different cities like Cologne, Bochum, Xanten, Krefeld and Aachen. At GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University, they had the opportunity to attend a lecture in the MSc programme in Applied Geosciences. A number of AGEO alumnis are currently studying in the MSc programme at RWTH Aachen University.