Eco-friendly designs presented by UPAD students

MUSCAT Forth year students from the Urban Planning and Architectural Design Department (UPAD) have presented their concepts for an extension of the GUtech campus, ‘The Walk’, recently.

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

 

 

Environmental Engineering students visit a Desalination Plant

HALBAN To learn more about desalination processes and power generation in Oman, a group of students of the Department of Environmental Engineering and their professor visited the NOMAC/ACWAPOWER  sea water desalination plant in Barka recently. On site the students were introduced to two different chemical processes such as the Multi Stage Flash (MSF) process as a thermal desalination process and the Reverse Osmosis (RO) as a membrane process. Overall, the visit was very fruitful and the group would like to thank NOMAC for receiving them on site.

“Our students were introduced to the main functions of a desalination plant prior to their visit to the site, they received a safety induction session which was delivered by one of the NOMAC staff from the safety and health department. After the induction students were divided into four groups and each group was guided by one of NOMAC engineers to follow for the site visit. The students were excited throughout the visit as it was a great opportunity for them to improve the theory with the practice through an industrial site visit,” said Prof. Dr. Hind Barghash, from the Department of Environmental Engineering at GUtech.

This industrial field-excursion is integrated within the course of Sea Water Desalination which is one of the mandatory courses taught to Environmental Engineering students in the third year of their Bachelor study-programme.

(c) GUtech; Text and Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet and Prof Dr. Hind Barghash

 

 

Meet the World! – Eco-tourism and responsible travelers – A student exhibition held at GUtech

HALBAN To learn more about managing tourist destinations worldwide, students from the Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management at GUtech have conducted a public exhibition entitled “Meet The World!” yesterday afternoon. The students from the second and third year of International Business and Service Management studied ‘International Destination Management” this semester. They presented different destinations such as Germany, Spain, France, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Morocco while relating them to current trends and issues in destination management including brand management, crisis management, and sustainable tourism development in destinations.

Noor Al Hassani, Alya Al Riyami and Omar Al Harthy presented tourism in France on a poster along with serving some French food. France is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. As for the brand management, the students identified different images such as heritage tourism, wine tourism, adventure tourism, slow tourism and event tourism. “In 2018 around 82 million tourists visited the country. France is famous for its ecotourism and luxury tourism. I have visited France with my family a few years ago. I enjoyed the overall atmosphere in Paris. We visited the Louvre, the Champs Elysees and the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. We also did a boat tour along the river Seine,” said Omar Al Harthy. He mentioned that especially ‘greener modes of transportation’ that produce less pollution could be promoted as well in Oman. He also liked the idea of introducing car sharing or public bicycle sharing. In their analysis of the tourist destination, the students mentioned an increase in eco-responsible accommodation projects which create awareness about the responsible use of energy and recycling.

Another group of students, Ahood Al Balushi, Maryam Al Ruzaiqi and Fatma Alwadhahi presented the destination Spain on a poster and through home-made Spanish sweets. In their small research project the students realized many similarities between Spain and the Sultanate of Oman. For example, Spain is facing increasing desertification and on the other hand the country is trying to attract tourists who are respectful and aware of environmental challenges facing destinations worldwide. “Tourism in Spain is becoming more sustainable. The sector is implementing measures to reduce energy, waste and overall more care for the environment. There is a growing interest in a “0 kilometer gastronomy” with locally produced ingredients,” said Ahood Al Balushi. The students also liked the idea of ecotourism, being implemented in different National Parks such as the Sierra Nevada National Park, which offers adventure and sports tourism. “I like the idea of implementing a crowd control system through prior online booking. This could help avoid congestions in museums or at popular heritage sites,” said Fatma Alwadhani.

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

GUtech students completed a unique SAP Training and Certification

HALBAN A group of 25 selected GUtech students from different academic departments  were certified in the application of an intelligent business solution, the SAP S/4 HANA recently. The GUtech students passed the internationally recognized exam as SAP Consultant of Associate Level. SAP is a German global leader in digitalization of organizations. The students were trained for the certification during a SAP Bootcamp earlier this year. “I believe that the SAP TS410 certificate will have a substantial role in my career development and I am eager to learn more about SAP,” said Arwa Al Zadjali who is studying Environmental Engineering at GUtech. SAP supports GUtech students in finding their dream jobs within the SAP Ecosystem, thus providing an ecosystem and linking it with the right talents. The goal is that students understand how organizations operate with SAP and how operational processes are digitalized. With its dual study programme, SAP is geared to tackle youth unemployment worldwide. GUtech has been cooperating within the SAP NextGen Chapter, an initiative that was brought to GUtech by Heiderose Moossen, Training Manager of Oman Education Services (OES) in September last year. “We support our graduates in establishing their own companies by nurturing their entrepreneurial mind-set. SAP consultants are trusted advisors for many companies worldwide,” said Heiderose Moossen. According to SAP, 98% of the top 100 most valued brands in the world are SAP customers and approximately 80% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. The software helps employees to realize their competencies and skills and to develop necessary additional skills within a digital environment. “That means for GUtech students, having additional SAP skills, their reliability in getting a fixed employment is very high,” said Heiderose Moossen.

“My major ‘Logistics’ requires a deep understanding of the operational processes and related activities under the umbrella of logistics and supply chain management. Since I have learnt about new, smart technology trends in the market with SAP, I feel prepared to experience and know more about what is happening behind the walls of big logistics and supply chain companies worldwide. Moreover, I intend to achieve more certificates and to become an expert in SAP related logistics topics,” said Tahira Al Balushi, student in the BSc Logistics programme at GUtech.

“I have learned how the various units and departments of a company are interconnected in an efficient and streamlined fashion, giving me a comprehensive overview of the entire modern business process. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity offered to me by Mrs. Heiderose and GUtech, and I look forward to exercising my newfound knowledge and skills in the future,” said Michael Smith, who is studying in his final year of the BSc International Business and Service Management at GUtech. In February Michael and his study-colleagues attended a five day boot camp held by an SAP instructor at GUtech. Later on the students had access to a special SAP learning platform for S/4HANA, where more support was offered to them. “We had access to the learning platform for about two months. All of this was made available to us completely free-of-charge. I think great training is as important as great technology. SAP software is designed to deliver transformative business outcomes and to truly realize this potential, explore your options to get fully equipped with the right knowledge and skills,” said Michael. He added that “it was a time and learning intensive experience, but one that I am glad to have invested in. It was extremely fascinating for me to get a kind of introduction into the way international corporations operate on a day to day basis, and to discover what the future of business will look like.” He and his colleagues learned functions that employees need within an organization within a so-called ‘Enterprise Requirements Planning Business Suite’.

(c) GUtech

 

GUtech students completed a unique SAP Training and Certification

A group of 25 selected GUtech students from different academic departments  were certified in the application of an intelligent business solution, the SAP S/4 HANA recently. The GUtech students passed the internationally recognized exam as SAP Consultant of Associate Level. SAP is a German global leader in digitalization of organizations. The students were trained for the certification during a SAP Bootcamp earlier this year. “I believe that the SAP TS410 certificate will have a substantial role in my career development and I am eager to learn more about SAP,” said Arwa Al Zadjali who is studying Environmental Engineering at GUtech. SAP supports GUtech students in finding their dream jobs within the SAP Ecosystem, thus providing an ecosystem and linking it with the right talents. The goal is that students understand how organizations operate with SAP and how operational processes are digitalized. With its dual study programme, SAP is geared to tackle youth unemployment worldwide. GUtech has been cooperating within the SAP NextGen Chapter, an initiative that was brought to GUtech by Heiderose Moossen, Training Manager of Oman Education Services (OES) in September last year. “We support our graduates in establishing their own companies by nurturing their entrepreneurial mind-set. SAP consultants are trusted advisors for many companies worldwide,” said Heiderose Moossen. According to SAP, 98% of the top 100 most valued brands in the world are SAP customers and approximately 80% of the world’s transaction revenue touches an SAP system. The software helps employees to realize their competencies and skills and to develop necessary additional skills within a digital environment. “That means for GUtech students, having additional SAP skills, their reliability in getting a fixed employment is very high,” said Heiderose Moossen.

“My major ‘Logistics’ requires a deep understanding of the operational processes and related activities under the umbrella of logistics and supply chain management. Since I have learnt about new, smart technology trends in the market with SAP, I feel prepared to experience and know more about what is happening behind the walls of big logistics and supply chain companies worldwide. Moreover, I intend to achieve more certificates and to become an expert in SAP related logistics topics,” said Tahira Al Balushi, student in the BSc Logistics programme at GUtech.

 

“I have learned how the various units and departments of a company are interconnected in an efficient and streamlined fashion, giving me a comprehensive overview of the entire modern business process. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity offered to me by Mrs. Heiderose and GUtech, and I look forward to exercising my newfound knowledge and skills in the future,” Smith, who is studying in his final year of the BSc International Business and Service Management at GUtech. In February Michael and his study-colleagues attended a five day boot camp held by an SAP instructor at GUtech. Later on the students had access to a special SAP learning platform for S/4HANA, where more support was offered to them. “We had access to the learning platform for about two months. All of this was made available to us completely free-of-charge. I think great training is as important as great technology. SAP software is designed to deliver transformative business outcomes and to truly realize this potential, explore your options to get fully equipped with the right knowledge and skills,” said Michael. He added that “it was a time and learning intensive experience, but one that I am glad to have invested in. It was extremely fascinating for me to get a kind of introduction into the way international corporations operate on a day to day basis, and to discover what the future of business will look like,” said Michael. He and his colleagues learned functions that employees need within an organization within a so-called ‘Enterprise Requirements Planning Business Suite’.

 

British school students experience Logistics, Engineering and Geosciences

HALBAN To learn more about the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), five high school students from the British School Muscat (BSM) have conducted their work experience days on campus last week. Nouf Al Hajri, Arnav Dangmali, Mohammed Al Safadi, Shahzeb Imran and Suliman Mumtaz were introduced to the Departments of Logistics, Engineering and Applied Geosciences. For most of the BSM students it was their first visit to a university.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Buer, Head of the Logistics Department at GUtech said: “Logistics will play a major role in the future of Oman. The students from the British School were curious to get some insights on how Logistics can improve our everyday-lives and our societies, for example by enabling ride-sharing services like Uber, reducing waiting time at a retail store or improving baggage handling at an international airport. We also showed the students our Simulation Laboratory that helped them to better understand cargo operations at a seaport.”

“We were delighted to welcome the students at GUtech. They were very engaged in our activities and have shown an aptitude for sciences. In our Geosciences Department we explained to them the geology itself and the different future job opportunities that require a degree in geology. During our introduction, the students saw different types of rocks and minerals and they learnt about their formation. We also showed them how important geology is to comprehend the global climatic changes happening nowadays,” said Patricia Rodgrigues from the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech. “In the Department of Engineering we showed the students different laboratories that are part of our Process, Environmental and Mechanical engineering programmes. We gave them the chance to experience an engineering workshop, while utilizing different tools and equipment for a small project. The students also witnessed different experiments, ongoing projects and new technologies available in our department,” said Poorya Ghafoorpoor from the Department of Engineering.

“The aim of the Year 10 Work Experience is to give the students an insight into the real world of work and develop their personal, social skills and confidence. It allows students to learn about the different roles and structures within an organisation. At the same time it is an unique opportunity to learn more about themselves and discover what really interest them by finding out about different occupations and job groups. This will allow to develop future career plans and enhance their career aspirations,“ said Ajay Khushalbhai, Careers Adviser at the British School Muscat.

 

Zero Emissions Car: GUtech team participated in the Shell Eco-marathon 2019

HALBAN The GUtech team ‘Megalodon’ participated in the annual Shell-Eco-Marathon Asia competition ‘Make the Future’ that took place at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia between 29 April 29 and 2 May. The Shell Eco-marathon Asia is an annual competition held for student teams in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions. Over 100 teams from Asia and the Middle East demonstrated their self-built, energy-efficient, eco-friendly cars. The challenge is to use the least amount of energy for a long distance. In the past four years GUtech teams participated in the diesel category.

“This year, the team Megalodon made its debut as the first student team from the Middle East participating in the Prototype Category with a Hydrogen Fuel Cell three-wheel vehicle,” said Prof. Dr. Emmanouil Bouzakis from the Mechanical Engineering Department at GUtech and supervisor of the team. “The competition is always very demanding, especially for all the hydrogen teams, having to meet high safety standards as well an advanced technical level. In my view, our GUtech team has gained important technical experience with Zero-Emissions Automobile Technologies during this competition and we all are very optimistic for great future achievements in this field,” said Prof. Bouzakis.

The GUtech team is grateful to all their sponsors and supporters: INFINITI Oman and PAINTGREE as well as Shell Oman and GUtech.

GUtech ‘Megalodon Team’ members:

Neeraj Krishnan Gopikrishnan, team manager

Hussam Al Siyabi, deputy team manager

Iman Al Maawali, driver

Al Jaziya Al Nazwani, reserve driver

Anoud Al Wahaibi, team member

Fatma El Sheibany, team member

Sadiyah Manidhar, team member

Sulaiman Al Shaaili, team member

Zamzam Al Farsi, team member

(c) GUtech

Student Achievement Awards Ceremony held

HALBAN The annual GUtech Achievement Awards were celebrated in the amphitheatre of the university on Monday. Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech, stressed in his inaugural speech that the awards recognize the achievements of students and at the same time they encourage all students to work hard and to be involved in the university’s activities. The students were awarded in different academic and non-academic categories. In the category ‘the Dean’s List’, awards were given to students with a GPA higher than 3.5 and who were top 10 achievers in their study-programmes last year. The category ‘Best & Brightest’ honored students for their outstanding performance in extra-curricular, academic activities, research and special projects conducted in their 3rd or final year. In the category GU Student Company a total of 23 students were awarded for being involved in establishing the companies Burjass and ENF. In the category ‘Student Academic Clubs’ awards were given to students who participated in eight different student clubs such as the Computer Science Club, the Applied Geosciences Club, the English Club, the Logistics Club,  Business Club, Engineering Club, Hardware Club and the Talking Stick Club. The members of the Student Advisory Council also received awards for their continuous work. In the category ‘Non-Academic Competitions” GUtech students were awarded for their involvement in national and international non-academic competitions. In the category ‘Social Clubs’, awards were given to students who participated and contributed in the Student Media Centre, Theatre Club, Community Services Club, the Arts Club or the International Club. The ‘Volunteer’s Award’ was given to students who dedicated their time and their minds to organizing GUtech events. Finally, the sports awards were given to students who participated in sports activities and who won different sports tournaments.

Caption: Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy-Rector for Administration and Finance awarded GUtech students during the ceremony

 

GUtech’s Founding Rector receives the Pakistani National Award Hilal-e-Imtiaz

HALBAN The founding Rector of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen, has recently received one of the highest national awards from the President of Pakistan, H.E. Arif Alvi. He received the Crescent of Distinction Medal, the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, on the occasion of the Pakistani National Day in Islamabad. The medal is the second highest civilian award. Prof. Jansen was bestowed in recognition of his services to the archaeological discovery of the Indus Valley Civilisation, at the Presidency on Pakistan Day, March 23, in Islamabad.
Already in 1987 Professor Jansen had been decorated with the Star of Distinction (Sitara-e-Imtiaz), the third highest honour and civilian award of the State of Pakistan. Professor Jansen thus joins the exclusive group of persons with two national awards and the only one in the field of the Indus Valley which bears testimony to his lifelong, passionate services to Mohenjo Daro, the jewel of the third millennium Indus Valley Civilisation.

During his stay in Pakistan Prof. Jansen presented the outline of a ‘Heritage Management Strategy’, which aims at establishing vertical and horizontal national structures and integrated regional networks to preserve and promote Pakistan’s deep and diverse heritage including the 5,000 year old ‘Indus Valley’ and the 2,000 year old ‘Gandhara’ civilization.
At the recently held ‘Pakistan Day’ in Muscat, an unprecedented corporate event hosted in partnership with 16 local Pakistani businesses, the 500 guests could witness the symbolic presentation of the Award to Prof. Jansen here in Oman. Visiting Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Noor-ul-Haq Qadri and Omani Secretary of General Defence Muhammad Nasir Al Rasbi were assisted by Ali Javed, Ambassador of Pakistan to the Sultanate.

(c) GUtech