GUtech and TÜV SÜD Middle East Cooperation

On June 30, 2022, German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and  TÜV SÜD Middle East LLC  signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The aim of the MoU is to cooperate on knowledge sharing along with developing and delivering sustainability solutions through training, advisory, and certification in collaboration with the Technology Transfer Office and Oman Hydrogen Center units in GUtech to support achieving the net-zero goal and hydrogen economy in Oman.

 

TÜV SÜD is an international third-party organization with a history exceeding 150 years. It serves the industry by providing the appropriate expertise in the areas of certification, inspection, auditing, training, and technical advisory. TÜV SÜD services have been expanded to include sustainability and digitization in line with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.TÜV SÜD’s multi-disciplinary teams of experts not only enable an integrated approach to be adopted for complex projects but also devise one advanced technical solutions. They make a significant contribution to developing the future opportunities of circular economy, advancing the expansion of energy from renewable sources and promoting decarbonization.

 

This cooperation is in line with GUtech’s efforts in equipping its students, and the Omani labor force with the skill sets that they would need to enter the national and global energy markets. Training and upscaling the skillset and knowledge of Oman’s energy sector is crucial in hope of achieving Vision 2040 and would be possible with international players like TÜV SÜD.

Diplomatic relations Germany-Oman

We commemorate the beginning of diplomatic ties between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Sultanate of Oman this year and since 1972. Ambassador Schneider wishes the people of Oman a happy 50th anniversary of this remarkable event. Over the past 50 years, both Germany and Oman have seen significant development. The German-Omani friendship, however, has shown to be strong and enduring. May we continue and develop our friendship for the next 50 years!

the German University of Technology in Oman participated in the 31st edition of the comex technology show from 23-25 May 2022 at eh Oman Convention and exhibition center

the German University of Technology in Oman participated in the 31st edition of the comex technology show from 23-25 May 2022 at eh Oman Convention and exhibition center.

 

As part of the participation, the university showcased their 3D Printed house, which is the biggest 3D printed house in the world. Mr. Mohammed Al Salmi gave a session titled “get insights on construction 4.0 (3D printing)” which was about the journey to reaching the title of the “World’s largest real concrete building 3D printed by GUtech University”.

 

in addition to that, ‏GUtech students’ start-up projects were presented at the UniversityX sessions at COMEX. The students won first and second place in both sessions. These presentations are an opportunity for the students to test their ideas as well as seek potential investors.

CEO of Nama Holding Group visits GUtech

Eng. Omar Al-Wahaibi, CEO of Nama Holding Group, visited the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) with several officials; In response to the invitation of Dr. Hussain Al-Salmi, CEO of the Oman Educational Services Corporation, to review the most prominent developments of the Oman Educational Services academics and research, and discuss its aspirations, future projects, and aspects of cooperation between the two parties.

The visit comes as part of strategic initiatives aimed at creating opportunities for cooperation between higher education institutions and the energy and electricity sector, opening practical horizons that serve the economic sector of the Sultanate, and providing research opportunities to apply academic theoretical knowledge on the ground in a practical way, ensuring the transfer of knowledge in a thoughtful manner, in line with local requirements. For the government sector, in addition to providing opportunities for academic institutions in the governorate and investing these energies to implement them across the Sultanate.

Engineer Omar Al-Wahaibi, CEO of Nama Holding Group, said: “Cooperating with the German University of Technology in Oman as a leading educational institution in the Sultanate opens prospects for growth and progress, and enhances the efficiency of the business that we will cooperate in implementing to ensure the sustainability of projects and ideas, by finding joint research and practical paths. between the two sectors and investing in the specialties that are unique to the university, so that cooperation with GUtech aims to share the theoretical experience of university students with the professional competence to produce projects that serve the market.”

During the meeting, Dr. Hussein Al-Salmi gave a visual presentation; It included the most prominent developments of the university, its specializations, and its achievements; He said: “We affirm our keenness to make this cooperation a success, so that we can direct practical, applied and advisory research activity towards areas that directly serve the government and community sectors, and open horizons for our students and university academics to closely view the needs of finding well-thought-out and usable solutions that are applied on the ground.” Al-Salmi said that one of the university’s priorities is to focus on using and developing alternative energy that works to achieve Oman’s 2040 vision.

The visit concluded with a tour of the Finland Oman School, a close acquaintance with the Finnish system, a tour of the Center for the History of Science, and a close acquaintance with the importance of the center and its role in highlighting the civilizational and Islamic contribution.

GUtech participates in an organized training program from the Oman Oil and Gas Institute

The German University of Technology in Oman GUtech participated in the training program organized by the Oman Oil and Gas Institute in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy and Minerals, which includes a training program that includes several specialized courses in the mining industry according to the best professional methods in order to achieve the optimal investment of mining resources and the safety of workers. The program targets mining employees In government institutions and mining companies.

The German University of Technology in Oman welcomed the third batch of the Masters in Business Administration students

The German University of Technology in Oman welcomed the third batch of the Masters in Business Administration students on Thursday 21/04/2022 for an orientation at the Kempinski Hotel in Muscat

 

Prof. Armin Eberline, Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs, and  Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances were at the orientation to give the new students an introduction to the university.

 

The orientation was aimed at introducing the students to the services of all the different departments such as the library, IT help desk, Copy center, etc. They were also introduced to the study plan of the selected program.

A workshop entitled “Climate change and sustainable development goals in Oman in cooperation between GUtech and German Brandenburg University

The DAAD-funded project “Oman Rosin” is a joint activity between Engineering Department at German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and Department Public Law in particular Environmental and Planning Law at Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU)  Cottbus -Senftenberg, Germany on climate change and sustainable development.

BTU and GUtech are working on a project in Oman, with the aim of establishing a “Green Village” in the Star-light Reserve within the Al Khitaym locality”

Prof. Albrecht (BTU) pointed out that climate change is already one of the biggest challenges in these days and requires fast action on phasing out fossil fuels and transformation of the economy in sustainable use of resources and energy. Also, Adaption to the changing climatic conditions is necessary. And this was the central objective at the current workshop, including the involvement of rural communities in the Djebel Shams in terms of the “Green Village” initiative.

The climate change and sustainable developments are among the main challenges of the 21st century. There is an urgent need to realize how the activities within communities can sustainably be adapted to meet the environmental standards. This workshop is part of the approved DAAD programme that we are running in collaboration with our partner BTU Cottbus -Senftenberg, Germany”., said Dr. Eng. Najah Al Mhanna , the project manager at Engineering Department at GUtech

Prof Ibrahim (BTU) explained at a stakeholder meeting, involving the Sheiks of the villages as well as the head of the communities’ administration and representatives from the local tourism sector the idea of sustainable and climate resilient village development. This initiative GUtech and BTU was very welcomed and led to the agreement to a detailed public participation process, carried out by GUtech and BTU students. The results will help to continue working on this project.

‏GUtech Welcoming the New Rector

The German University of Technology in Oman is pleased to welcome the new Rector of the University Prof. Dr. Michael Braun.

‏Prof. Braun holds a doctorate degree in Physics from the University of Tubingen and was nominated three times for the ‘University Manager of the Year’ by DIE ZEIT.

‏Prof. Braun has extensive experience in Higher Education, and he was the president of Nuremberg Institute of Technology – Technische Hochschule Nürnberg (TH Nürnberg) for more than 14 years, and member of a number of committees, such as the Senate of the German Rector’s Conference (HRK) and Chairman of the Bavarian Association of University of Applied Sciences.

ELAF Technology Center Launches New Innovation Towards Sustainable Energy

A launching ceremony of “ELAF-HI” technology was held at the Sultanate of Oman’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai in the presence of His Excellency Mohsen bin Khamis Al Balushi, Commissioner-General of the Sultanate at Expo 2020, and Mr Ahmed bin Saud Al Salmi the general manager of Oman Educational Services (OES).

The device was developed by GUtech in collaboration with Oman Hydrogen Center and the sister company known as ELAF. The device is 100% Omani owned, created by Omani scientists, and is patented making it an Omani national asset. It is the first device of its kind able to detect hydrogen reservoirs underground leading the future to sustainable energy.

Dr. Hussain bin Suleiman Al Salmi the Acting Rector of the German University of Technology in Oman, “GUtech” (owned by OES), said: “The university’s undertakings are in accordance with the guidance of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tariq and his 2040 vision for Oman. We are proud of the university’s inauguration of the Oman Hydrogen Center as a research and scientific center two years ago. The royal orders came a few days ago to emphasize the importance of the green hydrogen sector and to facilitate its implementation in the Sultanate.”

Dr. Sausan bint Saeed Al Riyami, Director of Oman Hydrogen Center, emphasized the center’s role in technology localization and its reliance on scientific research and development methodology to serve the energy sector in the Sultanate of Oman. She said: “The use of fossil resources from oil and gas is subject to a global structural change as renewable energy will increasingly replace fuels and aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and preserve the environment. Green hydrogen will play an important role and may create a great opportunity for the Sultanate of Oman to be a leader in global change in the energy industry. We will not be content with this success and will work hard side by side with ELAF to test this technology locally and to develop the work to expand its future use.”

According to Salim Al Salmi, Senior Technical Advisor of ELAF, “ELAF-HI is only our first initiative to be deployed in Oman and exported to the world later. Similar initiatives will follow once ELAF-HI achieves commercial status as ELAF has many innovative ideas in the pipeline for the renewable energy sector, simply awaiting funding”.

As ELAF Technology Center is working to meet United Nation Sustainable Development Goals towards sustainable energy with new innovations that would lead Oman to economy growth and sustainability, not only locally but also globally.

 

The “Green Vision” team from “GUtech” wins first place in the “Urban Planning Hackathon” competition

The “Green Vision” team from the German University of Technology in Oman “GUtech” won first place for its project to develop Wadi Park in the Al Khoud area in the Wilayat of Seeb in the “Urban Planning Hackathon” competition organized by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning within the activities of the Oman Design and Build Week, which aims to To re-design parks and public walkways in the Sultanate of Oman in a modern and sustainable way. In GUtech it was part of the 6th semester Integrated Project in UPAD led by Assoc. Prof. Ercan Agirbas.

The “Go Green” team won second place for designing a garden in one of Al-Amerat Wadi’s, while the Green Life team won third place for its garden design project in Al-Maabilah.

Abdullah bin Ahmed Al-Saadi, a member of the Green Vision team from the German University and the winner of the first place in the Urban Planning Hackathon, said: “The Urban Planning Hackathon competition, which is being held for the first time in the Sultanate of Oman, has enriched our educational path and fulfilled our passion in urban design and urban planning, and we at the university always strive to develop and gain experiences, therefore this competition is a valuable opportunity and a challenge for us. Our mission was to develop a Wadi Park in the Al Khoud area in the Wilayat of Al Seeb. We visited the site and analyzed the nature of the area. We also created a design for a garden that connects people to the wadi. This project aims to increase the aesthetics of the area and create beautiful and comfortable spaces for people.”

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Planning aims at the participation of community members in designing the green patch, increasing it in residential neighborhoods, and reducing the cement mass.