15 students will participate in a Language and Culture Course at RWTH Aachen University in August

MUSCAT A group of 15 students and two supervisors from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) will travel to GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University to attend a special German Language and Culture Course next month. Its main aim is to introduce the students to life in Germany and to a classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. For most of the GUtech students this will be their first trip to Germany. Students from all study-programmes had to apply with a letter of motivation that was followed by an interview. “RWTH is among the top 10 universities in Germany. I feel privileged to visit the institution. I hope that the trip enhances my knowledge about various cultures and helps me to become an independent individual,” said Osama Pervez Abdul Rahman, who is studying Computer Sciences in the 2nd year. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been funding the annual study-trip for GUtech students since 2009.

(c) GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

Engineering student conducts an internship at the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany

MUSCAT A GUtech student from the Department of Process Engineering, is currently conducting a two months internship at Faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe. During his internship, Khamis Hassan is involved in the institute’s research group that works on the chemical processes for manufacturing solar cells. “My supervisor is very kind, knowledgeable and he knows how to instruct students. In general, Karlsruhe is a nice place for engineering students because great engineering works like electromagnetic waves, cathode ray tubes and others were invented here. There are two large museums in the city centre, where you can learn a lot about the history of Karlsruhe and of Germany in general,” said Khamis who has been studying Process Engineering at GUtech in the past three years. His internship was organized through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) worldwide and the IAESTE office in Oman. IAESTE is an association of national committees representing academic, industrial and student interests. IAESTE serves around 4000 students, 3000 employers and 1000 academic institutions through career-focused professional internships in Engineering and in Sciences abroad, including social and intercultural reception programmes, international networking and other career and employer branding activities in more than 80 countries worldwide. Since three years GUtech has been participating in the international exchange of engineering students. In exchange for the internship at the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, GUtech’s Department of Engineering will welcome two international IAESTE students in the next semester.




Eco-friendly designs presented by UPAD students

MUSCAT Second year students who were supervised by the lecturers Petrit Pasha and Dawood Al Salmi,  from the Urban Planning and Architectural Design Department (UPAD) have presented their concepts for a future commercial extension of the GUtech campus, ‘The Walk’ to a group of experts and fellow students.

While temperatures are high on the Arabian Peninsula, GUtech students showcased some eco-friendly ideas during their final presentations at the end of the semester. Several UPAD students focused on environmental sustainable building solutions. For example, Najlaa Al Marhoon and Noor Al Ibrahim focused on concepts of a suitable environment for administrative and managerial employees within a mixed-use office building providing restaurants, coffee shops and other facilities. “The concept was inspired by the archaeology of valleys and mountains. The shape of the two buildings are following the natural look of valleys having different directions and angles creating a modern facade. Our project is consist of two offices and mixed-use buildings, each building designed as a three-story connected with a bridge on the second floor. At the middle of the bridge, there is a waterfall going inside a tube glass from the top to the bottom cutting through the bridge reaching to a fountain on the ground level between the two buildings,” said Najlaa. The layout of the two buildings is purposely shifted back and front of the main horizontal and vertical axis of the building envelope creating shade under the slaps of the floors and to reduce heat and direct sunlight from working space.

Another UPAD student, Iman Al Mughairi, designed a Spa retreat for a hotel. The concept of this building is to have strong privacy while still maintaining features of openness. The main features are a swimming-pool along with massage and steam rooms, an open-air jacuzzi and several saunas. A cafe was also added to serve the rooms and as an extension of the main concept. “By adding trees and skylights, the atmosphere has shifted from dark and humid to a more light and airy atmosphere. As an extension of the idea of privacy, there are many separation walls that act as both structures and as a means of concealment,” said Iman.

(c) GUtech, Photo and Text: Petrit Pasha, Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

GUtech students win in Maths and Physics competition

HALBAN Engineering students from GUtech have won the first prize in Mathematics during the Summer Quiz Competition organized by the Military Technological College in Muscat recently. The students competed against four other student groups from different universities and colleges in Oman. During a Physics competition another student group from GUtech secured the second position among four teams. The teams were supported by Prof. Dr. Yathrib Ajaj and Mr Rab Nawaz from the Mathematics and Science Department of GUtech.

The winning teams:

Mathematics Team Physics Team
Ahmed Abdulla Ahmed Abdulla
Khamis Hassan Sadiyah Manidhar
Suliman Al Mahrooqi Suliman Al Mahrooqi
Aya Al Abri Al Makhtar Al Hamedi