“Making Clever Minds Active” – Football and Basketball Tournaments held

To connect with each other, between students and staff members and to enhance their overall well-being, GUtech has launched a series of Tuesday sports outdoors and indoors competitions. After having held table tennis and badminton competitions recently, a total of 96 students and staff participated in the Football 6aside competition and 14 participated in the Basketball 3on3 indoor games last week. Therefore, opening up the brand new grass football field in front of the GUtech campus building. Two matches were held at the same time and the competition was sponsored by Strabag Oman. In addition two referees from Oman Football Association (OFA) participated in the games.

“In times when everybody is connected via social media, physical sports activities are important to improve the overall well-being and to connect with each other. While playing students and staff have to communicate and engage with each other on the field,” said Gunhild Pfaff, manager of the Sports office at GUtech.

“For playing 6aside you have to be quick and fast,” said Ghassan Al Shaaili, Foundation Year student in Engineering who is a member of the GUtech futsal team. He does sports every day along with family members or friends. I go to the gym in the mornings and throughout the day I like to play badminton, table tennis, or beach volleyball. Sports make a person fitter and healthier,” he said while adding, that he has to carefully manage the time for sports and studies. “Outside the university I like to play football with friends on the beach or on an artificial grass field,” said Amar Dahir, 1st semester Process Engineering at GUtech. He and his team were successful during the matches. To continue throughout summer indoor competition for Women and men like futsal, table tennis and dancing are planned.

 

The winning teams were:

Football competition:

  1. Place: Libya: Marwan Al Mahrouqi, Saleh Al-abadi, Atallah Kubas, Amur Al Wahaibi, Ali Al Hajri, Abdulaziz Al Ma’amari, Anas El Bera and Sanad Al Harthi
  2. Place: Black star: Musaab Amer, Said Al Harthi, Mazin Al houti, Hassan Al sahlani, Abdullah Al Rawahi, Mohammed al Busaidi, Mansoor al Kindi and Laith Saeed AlKharusi
  3. Place: Escobar: Al Mahanad al Ghafri, Sultan al Karosi, Haitham al Waaili, Qusai al Hajri, Al Yagdhan, and Qabas Al-Khusaibi

 

Basketball competition:

Ammar Al Aghbari, Said Al Ofi and Tim Reisdorf claimed the win of the tournament over Ferdinand Marcelo, Omai Albalushi, and Chaudhry Taimoor Niaz.

Third place was earned by Ali Mansuri’s team with Baha Al Kahlawi and Mohammed Mansuri.

 

 

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.

 

Ibn Al Haytham Teaching Award 2016 for Prof Bernhard Heim

On the 14th of December 2016 the Rector Prof. Dr-ing. Modigell awarded Prof. Dr. Heim with the 1st ibn Al Haytham teaching award of GUtech’s Faculty of Science.

The German University of Technology went through a series of major changes recently affecting its student numbers and lecture structures. Due to the increase in class size the classic interactive teaching method did not work satisfactory anymore. Prof. Dr. Bernhard Heim took that challenge and in an ideal way he restructured his courses to accommodate the requirements top level teaching faces. This new teaching style become known as Kaizen Teaching and is well documented in two publications.

In his lectures since then he did not only include pedagogic student centric elements (application of Kolb’s learning cycle, cybernetic testing and student activation) but made perfect use of modern electronic devices like the learning platforms video clips, electronic shot tests during lectures and tutorials, and clicker systems, like the Aachen App. These activities soon found their way to the local and international news and were explicitly mentioned in the RWTH Aachen press bulletins.

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Heim has to an excellent degree proven his capacity as an academic teacher and multiplier of student targeted best practice teaching techniques in ways every university can be proud of.

5th Graduation Ceremony held

The 5th Graduation Ceremony was held at GUtech on Sunday evening, 11th December. A total of 69 Omani and Non-Omani graduates, 42 females and 27 males, were celebrated during an official ceremony held in the auditorium of the campus in Barka. The ceremony was held in the presence of members of the Majlis Al Dowla and Majlis Al Shura as well as members of the Board of Governors of GUtech and other dignitaries, GUtech staff members and families of the graduates. The Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, encouraged the students to search for jobs that are in harmony with their personalities “Only then you will be successful. Do not work just for money and do not stop learning,” he advised the students.

The students graduated from Bachelor of Science programmes in Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Applied Geosciences, Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development as well as Bachelor of Engineering programmes in Process Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Most of the graduates have found jobs in the private and government sector.

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.

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).