GUtech and RWTH Aachen University renew their academic affiliation agreement

HALBAN The academic affiliation agreement between GUtech and its German partner-university, RWTH Aachen University, was renewed during the Board of Governor’s (BoG) meeting that was held  at RWTH Aachen University, in the city of Aachen (Germany) end of June. The meeting was chaired by the current Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Schmachtenberg. “We are very glad that we have renewed the contract for another five years with our German partner-university RWTH Aachen University. The collaborative agreement will support all our activities in research and teaching as well as the overall knowledge-transfer between Germany and the Sultanate of Oman,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech.

Two new board members representing the Omani Academia, H.E. Sheikh Dr. Al Khattab Al Hinai and Dr. Bader Al Kharusi, were welcomed to the board meeting. In addition, the BoG agreed to establish the position of a Deputy Rector for Research and Innovation at GUtech in the coming months.

The BoG meeting at RWTH Aachen University was the last meeting chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ernst Schmachtenberg, who will retire this month. On this occasion, H.E. Sheikh Abdulla Salim Al Salmi, Representative of Oman Educational Services LLC (OES) presented a gift to the Rector and thanked him for all his support during the past four years.

Initially, OES and RWTH Aachen University signed the first affiliation agreement  when GUtech was established in Muscatin 2006. The university opened its doors in September 2007 when 60 students started their studies at GUtech. In summer 2018, nearly 2,000 students were studying in the Foundation Year Programme as well as in various BSc and BEng programmes such as Applied Geosciences, Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Computer Sciences, International Business and Service Management, Logistics, Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

(c) Text: GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: RWTH Aachen University

 

 

The OmaniExpo showcased innovative student research projects conducted abroad

HALBAN The OmaniExpo showcasing research projects in Engineering, Economics, Health and Environment as well as in Natural Sciences and in Mathematics was held at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) yesterday evening. All research projects were conducted by Omani students who are studying abroad. The one day exhibition included a large number of research posters and a competition for the best three research projects. The initiative was organized by the Computer Science Club of GUtech and the Blockchain Club in Oman. The exhibition was held at Sultan Qaboos University in 2016.

Al Munther Al Musalhi is one of the founding members of the exhibition and a committee member of the OmaniExpo 2018. Al Munther studied Mechanical Engineering at Oregon State University. “Through this event we wish to promote the Omani youth, while connecting the students and their innovative ideas with the Omani community,” he said. The exhibition showcased 12 engineering projects, 7 projects on health and environment, 7 projects on Maths and Sciences and two projects on economics. “Our criteria for the competition are the benefits of the research for the community in Oman and the novelty of the student research project,” said Al Munther. His fellow committee members of the OmaniExpo 2018 are Mazin Al Fanna, Ahmed Al Manji, Hassan Al Balushi, Said Al Jabri, Yusra Al Sawaii and Al-Khatab Al Busaidi.

“I am delighted to speak to many Omani students studying abroad who are showcasing their research during this special exhibition. I think the event will encourage students at school to excel in their studies and to register at a university of their choice in order to pursue their dreams. The group of alumnis from Oregon State University has worked more than one year on organizing this event. We are very grateful for GUtech’s support in hosting this exhibition,” said Dr. Talal Mohammed Al-Balushi, Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Washington (USA) during the exhibition.

Zumurda Ahmed Al Rawahi studied Material Science and Engineering at the University of Washington (USA). She presented her BSc research on a new material used in the production of biomedical implants. She hopes to promote the manufacturing of these implants here in Oman. She is currently working on publishing her findings along with her professors in an American biomedical journal.

Zalikha Al-Marzouqi is a PhD student at the University of Manchester (UK). In her research in health sciences she focuses on the perception of Omani women on breastfeeding and the support they get from the society at large. “The aim was to gain an in-depth understanding of exclusive breastfeeding of Omani women and to enhance our understanding of the reality of breastfeeding from the perspective of their family members and health care professionals in Oman,” explained Zalikha. For her research she conducted 61 interviews and 15 clinical observations in the past years. According to the World Health Organization is breastfeeding is an important factor in promoting a child’s health and it should be done for around two years. “Most women adapt themselves to the society. According to my study the majority of the Omani women stopped breastfeeding their babies already after 4 months,” she said.

The organizing committee of the OmaniExpo 2018 is planning to launch more such events in future.

© GUtech/ Text and Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

First SAP Next-Gen Innovation Lab in Oman launched at GUtech

HALBAN To foster the links between the academia and the industry, the first of its kind SAP Next-Gen-Lab in Oman was inaugurated at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in cooperation with SAP, one of the leading enterprise software corporations yesterday afternoon. The laboratory was launched by members of the Rectorate of GUtech and the SAP Country General Manager, Mr. Waheed Al Hamaid and in the presence of a number of representatives from the industry in Oman and from the German Embassy. “There are currently around 100 SAP Next-Gen Labs worldwide. These special laboratories provide students with knowledge and skills for a digital future. They also connect the SAP ecosystem of customers and partners with students to work on SAP Next-Gen projects and events to connect companies recruiting next generation leaders with students and graduates who have digital transformation knowledge and skills and to showcase their start-ups with corporates seeking to create innovative solutions,” said Waheed Al Hamaid.

“We are very honored to introduce the first SAP Next-Gen-Lab here at GUtech. We wish to create a special space where our Computer Sciences, Engineering, Geosciences, International Business and Logistics students can interact with companies worldwide and work with them on industry-related challenges, for example in the Logistics sector. This laboratory is a co-creation between the academia, students and the industry. It is a working space built on design-thinking principles to stimulate and encourage innovative thinking, collaboration and knowledge-sharing,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Vice-Rector for Administration and Finances at GUtech. The SAP Next-Gen Lab connects customers to academic ‘thought leaders’ and researchers, students, start-ups, business accelerators, tech community partners, venture firms, futurists and SAP experts. “This unique cooperation will also help build innovations linked to the 17 UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development,” said Heiderose Moossen, Manager Training and Smart Solutions Center (TSSC) at GUtech who initiated the setting up of the Next-Gen Lab at GUtech. Similar SAP Labs already exist on the Arabian Peninsula in Saudi Arabia, at Prince Sultan University, at King Abdulaziz University and in the UAE.

“We are very delighted to welcome GUtech to our SAP Next-Gen Labs global network, which is specifically structured to encourage close collaboration between academia and industry,” said Wissam Kadi, SAP Next-Gen Director in MENA while adding: “The combination between GUtech academic programmes and SAP’s solutions and breakthrough technologies will open up new learning opportunities for students to develop their future-ready tech skills.” Using the SAP Leonardo platform, a digital innovation system, the university will foster a digitally educated, next generation talent pool with skills in both enterprise systems and digital innovation, with analytics, machine learning, blockchain technology and other expertise.

Universities which open an SAP Next-Gen Lab get the opportunities to open new channels to share ‘thought leadership’ and collaborate with other ‘thought leaders’ in the academia and in the industry on the technologies and innovation methodologies driving the future digital transformation of all industries.

SAP started in 1972, when five entrepreneurs in Germany had a vision for the business potential of technology. Starting with one customer and only a few employees, SAP set out on a path that would not only transform the world of information technology, but also forever alter the way companies do business. SAP empowers people and organisations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP is operating in various industry sectors, such as energy and natural resources, public services, consumer industries, consumer industries, financial services as well as in discrete industries such as the automobile industry.

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Group photo during the opening of the SAP Next-Gen-Lab, inaugurated at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in cooperation with SAP.

(c) Text: GUtech / Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: Umaima Al Zadjali

Solar Photovolatic Course Held at GUtech

A Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Course was held at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) last week. Over 20-participants from industry, SMEs and academia attended the 5 day course. The course was conducted for the third time at GUtech by Shams Global Solutions (SGS) in partnership with Solar Energy International (SEI). Throughout the week of training, participants got a solid understanding of various components of solar PV systems, including system components, design, installation and maintenance of these systems. Oman’s Distribution Code Review Panel (DCRP) officially certifies the course in support of individuals who want to become licensed Junior or Senior Solar Experts. The development of the course, along with the hands-on outdoor training facility located at GUtech, has been sponsored by BP Oman.

(c) Text and Photo: GUtech/Dr. Manuela Gutberlet and Shams Global Solutions

Students volonteered during the UNESCO World Heritage Meeting in Bahrain

HALBAN The Faculty of Business and Economics at GUtech has recently formed a student club entitled Oman Sustainable Tourism Club (OSTC). The department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management is planning for the official launch of the club to take place on 27 September, on the occasion of the World Tourism Day. “The club members who are now around 20 have been very active and enthusiastic about the various activities and initiatives they plan to carry out. So far the students have designed their own website, a communication campaign with a logo, I am so proud of them,” said Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz, Head of the Faculty of Business and Economics. 

In addition, some members of the student club have volunteered in the 42nd Session of the UNESCO World Heritage held in Bahrain, between the 24 June and the 4 July. The students had the opportunity to witness the inscription of Qalhat as a World Heritage Site with lots of joy and happiness and they celebrated this great achievement.

The World Heritage Committee gathers representatives from over 100 countries concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage elected by the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention. “This event is a major international UNESCO conference with over 1000 delegates participating to decide on the listing of cultural heritage sites on the World Heritage list. It is a wonderful experience for the students to be exposed to such major important events,” said Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz. During the conference the GUtech students worked as part of an international body of students volunteers. The students showed interest in being part of such event in the future in order to be able to represent the Sultanate of Oman and GUtech.

GUSummer Academy for teens to be held on campus

HALBAN GUtech will hold a two week Summer Academy for teens on its campus in Halban between the 22 July and 2 August. The GUSummer Academy will be held in Arabic. Its programme is designed for students aged between 14 – 17 years, with the aim to support students to be responsible for their daily tasks and to become independent thinkers. Since it was launched for the first time in 2015, the summer programme has been one of the most successful summer schools in Oman. Different workshops such as English, German, Business, IT, Photography, Arts, Health and Safety, Car Maintenance and Sports promise to prepare and inspire the young students for their next school years and for life. In addition, leisure activities such as a leisure hunting safari will be conducted outside the campus. Overall, this special summer programme focuses on enhancing the student’s educational and personal growth.

For more details and registration, please visit http://summeracademy.gutech.edu.om or check out GUtech on social media: gu_summer_academy.

(c) Text & Photo: GUtech/ PR and Student Affairs Department

 

GUtech students to participate in a special German Language and Culture Course at RWTH Aachen University

MUSCAT A group of 15 GUtech students and two supervisors will participate in a special language and culture course to be held at GUtech’s German partner-university RWTH Aachen University in August. Since 2009, the annual 3 week study-trip has been conducted in cooperation with RWTH Aachen University and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). DAAD has been funding the study trip every year. The main aim of this special course is to introduce the students to life in Germany and to the different faculties at RWTH Aachen University.

“Studying the German language was not so difficult, only in the beginning,” said Murooj Al Busaidi, 3rd year student in BSc Computer Sciences who has studied German for three semesters. She is looking forward to applying the language and experiencing the country soon. Like most of the other GUtech students, Murooj will be traveling for the first time to Germany and to Europe. “I like to learn more about Europe and especially about Germany. I am planning to do my Master’s there,” said Huda Al Jahwari, BSc Logistics student. “Aachen is a student city and the university has many different departments including a well-known Logistics Department,” explained Huda. Mustafa Mohammed is studying Mechanical Engineering in the 3year at GUtech. He has been receiving a study scholarship from the Egyptian and Omani governments. “RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading universities in Europe. I am very happy to get the opportunity to attend this special language course and to get to know the university. I am planning to study my Master’s in Germany,” said Mustafa. GUtech offers German language classes for beginners for all BSc or BEng students.

For the language course the students had to submit a letter of motivation and other documents. The selected candidates were then interviewed by the selection committee. “This year we had an increased number of applicants. More than 100 students from all academic programmes applied for only 15 seats. One of the requirements was that they had studied one or two semesters German,” said Claudia Schmidt, Representative of the DAAD and German Lecturer at GUtech. For most of the students it is their first trip to Germany. Students from the departments of Applied Geosciences, Engineering, International Business and Service Management, Computer Sciences will attend the course. GUtech promotes study and research exchange especially with RWTH Aachen University and with other universities in Europe.

Caption: Group photo with the GUtech students who will participate in the Language and Culture Course at RWTH Aachen University as well as their two supervisors, Claudia Schmidt from the DAAD (first row) and Felixa Wingen from the International Office at GUtech.

(c) Text & Photo: GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

Solar Photovoltaic Training Course to be held at GUtech – registration is open

A certified solar photovoltaic training course will be held between 8-12 July at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). The short-course will be conducted by Shams Global Solutions and Solar Energy International. It is sponsored by BP Oman and hosted by the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech).

The course will offer practical and real-hands on training including designing, installing, operating, maintaining, troubleshooting and safety of solar panels. Therefore, the course can be the foundation for the start of a new career path in the fast developing and emerging photovoltaic power market in Oman and in the GCC region.

For further details and registration please contact info@shamsoman.com or ali.alhumairi@gutech.edu.om

GUtech hosts a delegation from Nagoya University

HALBAN To enhance its internationalization the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has hosted three high-ranking representatives of Nagoya University (Japan) on its campus in Halban. Dr. Yoshihito Watanabe, Trustee and Vice-President for International Planning and Public Relations as well as Prof. Dr. Eng. Nakamura Hikaru of the Department of Civil Engineering and Takako Sakaki, Head of the International Student Exchange Section and the International Affairs Department visited GUtech during the past two days. They were welcomed by the Rectorate of GUtech and the Heads of all academic departments as well as the International Office. “We wish to cooperate with our Japanese colleagues in the scientific fields of Engineering, Architecture, Computer Sciences and Geosciences and promote a regular bilateral student and academic exchange,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. In a second step GUtech representatives are planning to visit their Japanese counterparts in the coming months at Nagoya University.

Six Nobel laureates who were awarded in Physics and in Chemistry since 2008 have been conducting their research at Nagoya University. The visit to GUtech was initiated by a visit of Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano, the Nobel Prize Winner in Physics in 2014 to GUtech in January this year. At that time Prof Amano gave a public lecture on his research journey and LED lights at GUtech.

Nagoya University currently has 16,438 students including around 3,000 international students, most of them from Asia but as well from Europe. Initially, Nagoya University was founded in 1871 as a temporary hospital and as a medical school. In 1949 Nagoya University was established and in 2018 the university became a designated National University. Nagoya is located around 1.5 hours by train from Tokyo. With 2.2 million inhabitants Nagoya is the 3rd largest city in Japan. The university has strong links with international companies such as Mitsubishi Heavy Industry. More than 100 international companies are located close by the university in Nagoya.

Nagoya University offers six international undergraduate and 11 post-graduate study programmes. In addition, during summer the university offers a 6 week programme on the Latest Technology and Tasks in Automobile Engineering for BSc and MSc Engineering students.

In recent years the university has created a number of new research labs and development centers for open innovation, such as the “Institute for Advanced Research” or the “Institute for Innovation for Future Society”, for practical research. Through research at the “Mobility Innovation Center” at Nagoya University researchers plan to empower an increasingly ageing society through advanced mobility support such as autonomous cars or walking assistance robots. Further research centers are the “Green Mobility Research Institute” (GREMO) and the Disaster Mitigation Research Center (DMRC). Moreover, Nagoya University has been expanding the scope of employment possibilities for female researchers. Consequently, the university was selected as the only Japanese university to be among 10 universities worldwide to support the “UN HeForShe Camapaign”.

(c) Text & Photo: GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

 

 

Applied Geosciences excursion through Germany

MUSCAT The Department of Applied Geosciences (AGEO) at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), recently conducted a two weeks international excursion to Germany with a group of 12 students, their professor and an assistant. The study-trip is part of the AGEO curricula, with its main goal to learn more about the geology of Germany and the regional development of the region between the cities of Aachen and Cologne. “The students had to familiarize themselves with different aspects of applied geology such as the development of natural resources or the usage of ground- and sub-surface water in the lower Rhine district. With a focus on the presentation of thermal springs, coal and base metal deposits as well as volcanic rocks, we give the students an overview of geological topics that cannot be presented here in Oman,” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, who headed the excursion.

In the second part of the excursion the students learnt more about the socio-economic development of a region, that developed from an industrial area based on lignite and coal mining region to a more diversified economy today. The group visited the geological garden and the mining museum in Bochum in the heart of the former mining district along the Ruhr river. “Although coal mining will be closed at the end of this year, the production of steel and other metals will continue with cheaper imported energy resources since the skills and know how is still there.” said Prof. Dr. Bauer, who is specialized in the mining sector.

The students visited different German cities like Cologne, Bochum, Xanten, Aachen and Spa in Belgium. At GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University, they were welcomed by the international office and informed about Master and PhD programmes and they had the opportunity to attend a lecture in the MSc programme in Applied Geosciences. In recent years, several GUtech students have conducted their research for a Bachelor project at RWTH Aachen or pursued their MSc studies in the Geosciences department. “We continuously need to maintain our excellent links to universities in Germany and in other European countries. This collaboration and cooperation is the best way to link our young Omani graduates with the international research community,” said Prof. Wilfried Bauer.

(c) GUtech/Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer and Dr. Manuela Gutberlet