“Perception of Shapes and Spaces” – A Unique Art Exhibition at GUtech

HALBAN GUtech students of the Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD) walked along the staircases of the university to showcase their ‘hat art works’ to other students and GUtech staff members. A special student exhibition entitled “Perceptions of Shapes and Spaces” was inaugurated today on campus. The exhibition showcases a large number of unique art works realized by more than 60 students within the past two weeks.

“Perception is a key concept in design,” said Prof. Michael Schulze, Department of Design at RWTH Aachen University (Germany) who gave a lecture on the importance of arts and sculptural design within the education of architects. During his talk Prof. Schulze highlighted the importance of imagination, the ability to transform ideas and to develop a work concept along with the freedom to play with different materials like wood, glass, plaster, metal, stone, ceramic and others. “Human beings are only human when they play,” said Prof. Schulze while adding that the use of different materials in a creative way is very important for future work concepts, architectural designs and even technical projects. “While experiencing different materials, students are enabled to be create and to plan and design in future,” he said. In the student exhibition held in the large GUtech amphitheatre the students showcase different hat designs as well as other art works made of clay. “Each student had to find his own aesthetic expression,” explained Professor Michael Schulze who has been teaching a block course in the UPAD Department. “We worked for the first time with clay and plaster. For the hats we used tissues and bamboo sticks,” said Zahra Al Hasani, who works as a research assistant in the UPAD department. The exhibition of the various artistic works is temporary and on display in the GUtech amphitheatre.

Caption: UPAD students showcase their hat designs in the GUtech amphitheatre

Prof. Michael Schulze during his talk at GUtech.

© Text: GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photos: GUtech/ Fatma Al Balushi

 

Geosciences Professor conducted a Mining Workshop in Madagascar

HALBAN Professor Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences (AGEO) at GUtech, has recently conducted a scientific workshop on mineral resources and their exploration at the University of Antananarivo/Madagascar. On a global scale, Madagascar is an important producer of nickel, cobalt, ilmenite, and zircon. “The country has significant resources of flaky graphite, chromite, bauxite, Rare Earth minerals, iron ore and the largest known reserves of sapphire. Historically, gold and mica played also an important role but both commodities are currently exploited by artisanal miners only. Minerals account for approximately 35 % of the country’s exports of 2.2 billion USD (2014 data), most of it from a world class nickel-cobalt deposit. International mining companies like Rio Tinto and Sherritt invested in the development of the mineral sector,” said Prof. Bauer. With an increasing number of international exploration companies operating in the country, the need for mineral exploration courses cannot be covered by the existing university staff. “After having given a course about basic exploration techniques, I decided to offer an exploration geochemistry workshop for the specific needs of Madagascar, based on known types of mineral resources and the specific constraints due to tropical weathering and topography in Madagascar.” He said while explaining that he has a long-lasting relationship with the Science Faculty at the University of Antananarivo that dates back to 2005 when the Department of Geosciences supported him in as leader of a BGS-USGS mapping campaign with 10 student interns. Since that time, we upheld our connections,” said Prof. Bauer. The workshop was very successful, despite the fact that English plays a minor role in Madagascar and the normal education language is French. A similar follow-up workshop is planned to be held next year.

This summer, Prof. Bauer also supervised the start of a joint PhD project, between GUtech and the University in Northern Madagascar. The researchers started a petrological study in the North of Madagascar. Research samples are handled and processed at GUtech’s AGEO lab and the analyses are carried out at Lisboa University in Portugal.

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© Text and Photo: GUtech/Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer and Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

 

International Night to be held at GUtech

HALBAN The International Student Club of GUtech will hold an International Night on campus on 1 May, between 2-8 pm. The event will include a Global Village Bazaar in the afternoon with games, cultural exhibitions and food from around the world, to be organized in cooperation with the English Club at GUtech. According to the organizers, visitors will be asked to pick up an individual passport at the entrance. For each completed activity, they will receive a stamp in their passport, which they can submit for a raffle at the end of the event. Those with the most stamps have a chance to win prizes from the event sponsors Diamantine, Le Petit Paris and Tamrahoman. Between 6 to 8 pm performances will be held in the GUtech amphitheater including international traditional dances, martial arts presentations, musical performances, a fashion show and an original play. The International Night will be open to the public and the entrance will be free of charge.

Twenty scientists from the German Geological Society explore Oman´s mountains, deserts and coasts

MUSCAT Twenty members of the German Geological Society from various universities and research institutions are currently visiting the Sultanate of Oman. The German Geological Society runs the expedition the fifth time. The idea to run fieldtrips and expeditions around Oman is based on the good cooperation between the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and leading Universities of Technology in Germany. Prof. Dr. Gösta Hoffmann from the University of Bonn is the leading scientist of the current expedition. He has been teaching and researching at GUtech for many years and he is the main author of a recently published book on the Geology of Oman: “For me it is a pleasure to invite my colleagues to visit Oman. It is such a beautiful country where certain rock formations allow us to understand how our planet works. Such places are unique in the world and most of them easily accessible in Oman. For example, the country is blessed to offer the opportunity to study the transition between different layers of the Earth. Usually these rocks are not to be found on the surface but they are in Oman.” Furthermore, Prof. Hoffmann lined out that Oman has a very rich archaeological record. This proofs the very long history of the country.

“The benefits to come to Oman and explore the mountains, deserts and coasts are that Oman is a safe country and the geology is spectacular,” said Prof Dr. Martin Meschede, President of the Umbrella Organisation of Geosciences (Dachverband Geowissenschaften, DVGeo). The German Geological Society (Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft – Geologische Vereinigung: DGGV) has about 3,600 members from universities, industry, and private economy.

Prof. Dr. Martin Meschede pointed out that a trustful local partner is necessary to operate such fieldtrips: “The logistic part of the trip is organised by Golden Highlands. This company has a long experience in conducting these trips for us.” In addition, in a joint effort, the participants of the field excursion together with the local partners from Golden Highlands cleaned the beach at Ras Ruawais in Ash Sharqiyah region from garbage left behind by other visitors. “It is our ambition to keep the country clean so that our visitors go back home with positive impressions. It was a memorable experience to run this clean-up as a joint effort with German professors,” said Mansoor al Shabibi the CEO of Golden Highlands while adding: “We plan to clean other places with other groups in the future. One of the most beautiful places is Wadi al Abbyad. We will also check the situation in Ras Ruwais and clean again in the future if necessary.” Prof. Martin adds that the situation already improved a lot:” When we first visited the place a couple of years ago, it was much worse.” Prof Gösta concluded that it is worth working together to preserve Oman´s natural wonders for future generations.

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Group photo: Twenty members of the German Geological Society from various universities and research institutions are currently visiting the Sultanate of Oman. The group is headed by Prof. Dr. Gösta Hoffmann, Geoscientist at University of Bonn.

 

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Prof. Hiroshi Amano, Nobel Prize Winner in Physics speaks at GUtech

HALBAN Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano, the Nobel Prize Winner in Physics (2014), gave a public lecture entitled “Brighter World and Sustainable Life with Blue LED and Transformative Electronics” at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) on Monday evening. He was accompanied by the former Japanese Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Seigi Marimoto. Prof. Hiroshi Amano is currently on a visit to the Sultanate of Oman. Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano was awarded jointly for the Nobel Prize in Physics with Prof. Dr. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura. The three scientists received the Nobel Prize for their invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources, LED lights.

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano is a Doctor of Engineering. He is the Director of the Center for Integrated Research of Future Electronics (URFE) at the Institute of Materials and Systems for Sustainability (IMaSS) and he is the Director of the Akasaki Research Center at Nagoya University (Japan). Initially Prof. Amano studied electrical engineering at the university in Nagoya, which awarded him his doctorate in 1989. In 2002 he became a professor at Meijo University in Nagoya and later moved to Nagoya University. “We are honoured to welcome Prof. Hiroshi Amano at our university,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech while stressing that there are challenges researchers have to cope with. “Curiosity, spontaneity, thinking out of the box and the willingness to take risks and fail are important features for a successful research career.”

Prof. Hiroshi Amano started his research on LED lights already in 1981, when he joined a group of researchers as an under-graduate student. “At that time the energy consumption was high and he wanted to find a solution. We even developed our own research equipment,” recalled Prof. Amano.

Lighting plays an important role in our everyday lives. The development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has made more efficient light sources possible. Creating white light that can be used for lighting requires a combination of red, green, and blue light. Blue LEDs proved to be much more difficult to create than red and green diodes. During the 1980s and 1990s Prof. Isamu Akasaki, Prof. Hiroshi Amano, and Prof. Shuji Nakamura successfully used the difficult-to-handle semiconductor gallium nitride to create efficient blue LEDs. According to Prof. Amano by using LED light, Japan reduced its annual electricity consumption by 7 %. Consequently, energy efficient LED lights contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and global warming. Last year Prof. Amano visited Mongolia. “I was happy to discover that LED lamps are used in the traditional Mongolian Ger tents,” he recalled.

A few years ago, Prof. Amano initiated a network of scientists who works on the “Internet of Energy”, the so-called “Future Wireless Power Transmission Network”, an open innovation platform that develops sustainable, smart solutions regarding future energy challenges of our societies. He spoke about the drone super highway, air-taxis “In future we will be able to connect at any time and any place” he said. Finally he stressed, that students who are interested should contribute with their knowledge and ideas “If you wish to contribute to develop ideas, you should play a leading role” he said.

On the side lines of the talk Prof. Hiroshi Amano spoke about the Nobel Prize Award ceremony and his big surprise when the award was announced in October 2014, while he was travelling between Japan and France to attend a conference there. “I could not understand what had happened,” he said.

 

GUtech female futsal team wins championship

Oman Universities National Team – female futsal about to travel for a competition in Jordan

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GUtech Female Fustal Team

Last weekend, the Oman University Sports Committee held a female futsal competition at Al Amal Club, Muscat.
GUtech female futsal team won all the matches and defeated the team of SQU with a clear 3:1 in the final match. The best scorer trophy as well went to GUtech’s team captain, Basma Al Rashdi. Congratulations to the team and its trainer crew!

Winner team: Atika Al Rahbi, Aisha Al Falahi, Asma Al Alawi, Basma Al Rashdi, Geetanjali Sambangi, Hanan Al Habsi, Nawal Al Amri, Jokha Al Zakwani, Reem Al Maskari, Yusra Al Shoukri, Waad Al Ghaithy, Zuwaina Al Zakwani

Oman University Sports Committee is preparing to send for the first time a female futsal National Team abroad. Five GUtech students were selected to train with the national coach, Haroon Al Bartamani from the Oman Football Federation, for the next 2 weeks. GUtech will host the first training sessions with coach Haroon at the sports hall.