German university delegation visited GUtech

BARKA To enhance cooperation in research as well as academic exchange between both universities, the President and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Bernd Engler of The Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen (Germany) visited GUtech on 3 November. The President of the university was accompanied by a delegation of professors of the university including Prof. Dr. Peter Grathwohl, Vice-President for Research, and Prof. Dr. Ruggero Vimercati Sanseverino of the University’s Center for Islamic Theology.

The Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell and the Deputy-Rector for Administration and Finance, Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, introduced GUtech, its vision, development and current scientific research projects to the German delegation. This was followed by a visit to the different departments of the university, where they met the heads of the Departments of Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Engineering, Applied Geosciences as well as Logistics and International Business and Service Management and Urban Planning and Architectural Design. At GUtech students conduct study-excursions abroad and some students do their BSc thesis at GUtech’s partner-university in Germany, RWTH Aachen University. Currently more than 1500 students are studying at GUtech.

The Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen is one of the oldest universities in Europe. The university belongs to one of the eleven top universities in Germany. The University specializes in a number of fields of research: Neuroscience, Clinical Imaging, Translational Immunology and Cancer Research, Microbiology and Infection Research, Molecular Biology of Plants, Environmental and Geoscience, Astro- and Elementary Particle Physics, Quantum Physics and Nanotechnology, Archaeology and Anthropology, Language and Cognition, Education and the Media.

GUtech celebrated the Omani Women’s Day

BARKA Under the auspices of H.H. Sayyida Basma Fakhri Al Said, students and staff of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) celebrated the Omani Women’s Day on campus last week. Many female students gathered in the university’s research hall, where H.H. Sayyida Basma inspired the students to follow their own dreams, to be self-motivated and to focus on their studies. Her motivational speech was followed by a student theatre play in Arabic, a fashion show showcasing colourful Omani dresses with elaborate designs, a taekwondo show and a recitation of Omani poetry. Moreover, an Omani mountaineer and the first Omani shoe designer shared their experiences. Outside the hall a number of students from GUtech and other universities had displayed their business ideas in small stalls with food items, including handmade ice cream and other sweets. Traditional palm frond handicrafts from Rustaq was also on display.

Furthermore, six Zumba instructors created an energetic atmosphere in the GUtech sports hall and inspired the students get moving. The Omani Women’s Day has been celebrated every year since 2010. The event was organised by the Department of Student Affairs at GUtech.