Registration is now open

BARKA The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has opened its registration for the winter semester 2017/18. “Students who applied via the Ministry of Higher Education portal were registered with us between 10-16 August. International students can still register until 30 August at the university’s premises in Halban, Department of Registration. The applicants need to fill out the application form that can be found on the university’s website,” said Salim Al Araimi, Head of Registration at GUtech.

GUtech offers a Foundation Year and full-time programmes in BEng in Process Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering. BSc in Computer Science, Urban Planning and Architectural Design, International Business and Service Management and Logistics. All programmes are taught in English. The university is also planning to introduce MSc and PhD programmes soon. During the summer semester 2017 around 1,600 students were studying at GUtech, the majority of them were Omanis.

Computer Science students awarded to create their own businesses soon

MUSCAT A student project of the Department of Computer Sciences at GUtech was selected for incubation and will become an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) start-up soon. The student’s Bee App was selected out of 69 participating teams; it aims at transforming the retail sector. The project was among the best three graduation projects of the ‘Upgrade’ programme. The Bee App was presented by Sultan Al Subhi, Alya Said Al Shanfari and Hana Al Raisi from GUtech’s Department of Computer Science. The project will get seed funds and incubation at SAS for Entrepreneurship of the Information Technology Authority for three years. While the project designers will have ownership of the companies, they will have to work towards preserving the intellectual property rights.

Another GUtech team was among the best nine teams: Alshifa al Hadi (Computer Science) and Ayman Elyatmi (Mechanical Engineering) were awarded for their innovative “It is an online C2C and B2C marketplace, creating a new interactive environment between customers and vendors. It is also an alternative to manual cash-payment as it provides a full e-commerce marketplace experience,” said Alshifa. Mohammed Yahya al Salmi, senior manager of Corporate Communications at Omantel said: “We are looking forward to seeing these projects in reality as start-ups that enrich the ICT sector in Oman and supporting the Sultanate’s efforts towards the digital transformation, broadband Internet and communications networks and hence, creating a positive change in the community.”


International Architecture Summer School in Berlin

A group of GUtech students and their professors participated in an international Urban Planning and Architecture Summer School in Berlin (Germany). The course was organized and held in collaboration between Prof. Alexander Kader of GUtech’s Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Iowa State University (USA) and the City College in New York (USA). During the four week Summer School the students were working in the Design Studio Alte Kantine in the Berlin district of Wedding. “It was a beautiful location and a great work space where we worked in groups, sharing our knowledge and our cultures,” said Petrit Pasha, GUtech lecturer. During the workshops, the students were introduced to different computer programmes such as Grasshopper, Diva and Sepheira which help to analyse the energy performance of sustainable building designs.

The students also conducted on-site excursions to different parts of Berlin and they visited the so-called City Models of Berlin, a public permanent exhibition showcasing the urban development of Berlin. Furthermore, the students traveled to other cities in Germany such as Hamburg where they visited the harbor district and they visited the famous School of Architecture the Bauhaus in the city of Dessau with the Master houses of famous modern architects like Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe. “The course was a great opportunity for us to learn more about the energy performance of buildings, the culture of Berlin and also meet with people from all around the world. We shared our knowledge, culture and created bridges, which will be integrated in our future work. I recommend this programme to anyone who is interested in learning and developing skills in energy performance, sustainable building design and exploring the bustling city of Berlin,” said GUtech student Salim Al Kalbani at the end of the Summer School.


Caption: The group of GUtech students and Prof. Alexander Kader at the City Models of Berlin exhibition

GUtech signs MoU with PSI Software AG in Germany

HALBAN To elaborate collaboration with international companies GUtech has recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the German company PSI to set up a laboratory and training center equipped with special software from PSI Software AG. “We are pleased to sign the MoU with PSI, a leading international supplier of software for utilities and industry, especially in the oil and gas industry,” said Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. GUtech students who are enrolled in Engineering, Computer Sciences, Applied Geosciences and Logistics programmes will benefit from this unique partnership. “We will train GUtech students especially in SCADA software systems and how pipelines and/or gas and water networks are operated with our Pipeline Management Software,” said Dr. Martin Bürgel, Vice-President and Director Oil & Gas at PSI. The company will also utilize the GUtech laboratory as a training center for its customers in the region.

PSI Software AG is the European market leader for energy control systems for gas, oil, electricity, heat and energy trading. The company develops and integrates complete solutions for energy management (gas, oil, electricity, heat, energy trading), production management (mining, metals, automotive, mechanical engineering, logistics) and infrastructure management for transport and safety. Based in the German capital Berlin, PSI was founded in 1969 and employs more than 1,600 persons worldwide in projects in the US, Europe and Asia. Previous prestigious projects include the delivery, implementation and support of the dispatching and information systems for German gas transporters as well as the Gazprom control systems for gas transmission of Nord Stream and Blue Stream Pipeline in Russia. On the Arabian Peninsula, PSI has developed in cooperation with the Kuwait Oil Company the leak detection and location system for a total of 12 countrywide gas and condensate pipelines in Kuwait.