HALBAN Under the auspices of Her Excellency Dr. Muna Bint Salim Al Jardani, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Manpower, 45 Omani students from Duqm were awarded with training certificates on Thursday afternoon at the campus of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). The majority of the trainee graduates were females. DTI is the first of its kind professional skills training programme conducted in Duqm in the past six months. Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech, stressed that GUtech supports vocational training: “We do not only educate Engineers, Architects, Computer Scientists, Geoscientists and Business leaders, GUtech educates responsible citizens who are skilled for their professional lives,” said the Rector of GUtech in his speech. Due to the success of the programme, GUtech hopes to continue next year. The Duqm Training Initiative (DTI) was initiated and funded by the Special Economic Zone Authority Duqm (SEZAD), Duqm Refinery and Duqm Terminal with the support of Takatuf Oman.
“Our aim was to increase the chances of employability of young Omanis from Duqm. It was a six month programme which focused on English, IT and Work Ethics but also covered topics like Social Responsibility, Sports as well as Health and Safety,” said Dr. Tobias Effey, Project Manager of DTI. “Special thanks go to the GUtech team who worked long hours in Duqm and who made this programme so successful as well as our colleagues from the administration and from the GUtech Foundation Year “GUbridge” who supported the programme. That was a real team work,” said Dr. Tobias. The university is currently negotiating with potential shareholders. “We would like to continue with another batch of students in September” said Dr. Tobias.