Winners of the 10th Undergraduate Research Competition – Abu Dhabi University

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has emerged victorious at the 10th Undergraduate Research Competition (URC), held at Abu Dhabi University. The competition, sponsored by H.E. Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of Education, drew participation from an impressive 64 universities with nearly 400 research projects across the GCC and MENA region.


Under the Chemical & Petroleum Engineering category, GUtech excelled with their project, “Utilizing Nanoclay and Nanoparticles for Sustainable Enhanced Oil Recovery: A Green Solution”, taking the 1st place. The university was represented by a group of talented students (Fatma Al Kamzari and Ethar Al Kindi) who competed against 400 other students in fields as diverse as basic sciences, biomedical engineering, architecture and urban planning, and accounting, and etc..


URC, now in its 10th year, is integral to Abu Dhabi University’s commitment to fostering a spirit of creativity, enquiry, and innovation within undergraduate students. The competition aims to nurture the next generation of researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs that will contribute to the UAE’s knowledge-based economy.


The winning project from GUtech presents a sustainable, green solution for enhanced oil recovery (EOR).

The team developed a nanocomposite utilizing zinc and silica nanoparticles and natural bentonite clay, demonstrating the potential of nanotechnology in revolutionizing EOR processes. Their groundbreaking research showed how the nanocomposite improves the stability of nanofluids, reduces interfacial tension, and lowers the contact angle, yielding more efficient and environmentally friendly oil extraction techniques. The project was successful in not only demonstrating the potential of nanotechnology for sustainable and green EOR solutions, but also the overall quality of undergraduate research conducted under the supervision of esteemed academics such as Dr. Yathrib Ajaj.



GUtech extends its congratulations to all participants, particularly the winning teams, for their dedication to expanding knowledge and innovating solutions for a better future. The event has proven the increasing quality of research conducted by undergraduates and signals a promising future for the knowledge-based economy in the Oman and beyond.


Three GUtech students attended the International Carbonate Course at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany)

MUSCAT Three students of the Applied Geoscience programme of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) participated in the annual International Carbonate Course of the GeoCenter at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany). The students were awarded with study-scholarships from GUtech for the travel to Germany in March 2023. The one-week course is a practical course, designed for students and professionals from the oil and gas industry who are studying and working on carbonate rocks. The GeoCenter of the FAU Erlangen hosts the worldwide largest collection of carbonate thin sections. The examination of such thin slices of rocks under the microscope allows the determination of the deposition conditions of the carbonate rocks and the prediction of the suitability as reservoirs for oil, gas and groundwater. After a three year break caused by the global pandemic GUtech students attended this course for the ninth time.

The First Workshop on Digital Documentation of World Heritage in the Arab region takes place as part of the activities of the UNESCO chair at the German University of Technology in Oman

GUtech Signed MoC with SLB

Digital and Integration (D&I), a Division of SLB Company on Thursday 19th Jan 2023, signed a memorandum of collaboration (MoC) with German University of Technology in Oman on conducting a technical programme of Artificial intelligence called “AI Academy”. The programme will provide and supply university students and professionals with the platform to use AI and ML theoretically and practically for any required field. The aim of the MoC is to deliver a step -change in the technical learning programs and find new ways to extract maximum value from AI business.

The signing ceremony patronage of His Excellency Dr. Ali Al Shidhani, Undersecretary for Communications and Information Technology at Ministry of Transport, Communications, and Information Technology.

Dani Rahal MENA VP Digital Manager said,” I’m honored to be here as the VP for the region, and I am excited to see the impact that this program will have on our workforce and our company as a whole. Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the way we do business and it is crucial that we stay ahead of the curve to stay competitive. The AI Academy program will provide our employees with the necessary training and education to excel in this ever-changing landscape and will be a key component in achieving our goals as a company.
I am confident that the knowledge and skills that our employees will gain through this program will be invaluable, and will enable us to continue to lead in the industry.

Dr Hussain AL Salim said, “We are happy that we signed this memorandum of collaboration with SLB to establish AI Academy at GUtech, which is the first in the Middle East. Having such strong partnership with SLB will prompt the Energy industry with the latest technology by having a real industry challenges solved by Artificial Intelligence.
GUtech was on of the leading Omani Universities to introduce the Artificial Intelligence as a full bachelor Academic programme, and once this AI Academy programme launched it will increase the skills and experiences of our students and those who are interested to study and learn AI in simple way. In Fact, the AI Academy is designed for non-AI and IT specialist, and those from other disciplines such as the Engineers, the Geologists, and the Business and Logistic students and professionals who can enjoy the AI solutions without going into full AI or coding programme.

Director of Doha Office for Gulf States and Yemen, UNESCO Representative to Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen Mr Salah Khaled visited GUtech

On Thursday 19 January, during the visit he followed a presentation about GUtech and OES approach to learning and research. Mr Khaled was impressed with GUtech’s governance structure and identified potential opportunities for collaboration with other start-up universities in Africa. He also discussed with Dr Hussain Al Salmi the role that GUtech 3D printer can potentially play in the reconstruction of areas in Conflict like Yemen.

Mr Salah Khaled also met with Dr Heba Aziz, UNESCO chairholder for world heritage and sustainable tourism management in the Arab States and discussed the plans for the chair and opportunities for collaboration with the UNESCO office for the Gulf States and Yemen. Discussion included exploring ways of enhancing capacity building in Yemen, especially Socotra. UNESCO office in Doha has a mandate of working in the field of education, culture, communication and natural sciences in the GCC countries and Yemen.

Accompanying Mr Salah Khaled was Mr Rasul Samadov Programme Specialist for Culture. During their visit, they toured the campus and the History of Science Center.


Alumni and Employer Forum 2023

The Quality Assurance and Planning Department hosted the ‘Alumni and Employer Forum 2023’ at GUtech. The Forum aimed to connect GUtech Alumni and Employers while focusing on Oman 2040 Vision regarding higher education.

The Forum commenced with a panel discussion on how to stimulate Omans’s Higher Education system towards a knowledge-based society and a knowledge driven economy with highly competitive talents. The panellists were phenomenal and highly knowledgeable; Mr. Ashraf Al Mamari from OQ, Ms. Shatha Al Maskiry – Managing Director at Protiviti Oman and Tejarah, Dr. Rayya Al Amri (Vision 2040) and Ms. Ghania Al Sulaimani, HR Director, and strategy planning at Renaissance services. The panel was moderated by Mr. Murtadha Al Lawati from Alizz Islamic Bank who did an amazing job with the questions addressed to the panel. The discussion objective was to promote a national higher educational system that empowers human capabilities to cater labour market requirements and nurture scientific research, innovation, and creativity to build a knowledge-based economy and society.

The panel discussion was followed by a motivational talk by Mr. Abdullah Al Saidi CEO of Nafath Renewable Energy and a presentation titled: Omani Universities on World Map via World University Ranking given by Dr. Adhra Al Mawali, Head of Quality Assurance and Planning Department. The evening concluded with dinner at the History of Science Centre.


GUtech celebrates the graduation of its the Eleventh Batch of students in various disciplines

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) celebrated the graduation of the Eleventh Batch, awarding certificates in various programmes and disciplines to master’s and bachelor’s students to more than 360 graduates for the academic year 2021-2022

Prof. Dr Michael Braun, The Rector of the University, expressed his sincere congratulations to the graduates for their success, hard work and dedication despite all odds and called on them to show a spirit of challenge and ambition to achieve their dreams in the future and to set an example in their practical lives and society through their contribution to development and development, and to They make positive contributions to their community.

For his part, Dr Hussein bin Sulaiman Al-Salmi, The Deputy Rector for Administrative and Financial Affairs, delivered a speech in which he first expressed his appreciation for the university’s achievements during the past period, as the university has now become one of the local higher education institutions distinguished by its specializations, programs and facilities.

Al-Salmi told the graduates: “I have no doubt that the knowledge you gained and the experiences you accumulated during your studies in the best universities in the country qualify you for success in your next life. But I have to believe you when I say that success will not be easy.” He urged them to take the initiative in confronting all the events that may afflict this world, armed with science, the ability to adapt, and openness to new means of education and the changes that are taking place at an accelerated rate.

The graduate, Mozn bint Salem Al-Masrouri, presented the graduation speech in Arabic, recalling all the beautiful memories that the students lived during their years of study at the college. Then the graduate, Ethar bint Najeeb Al-Zadjali, delivered the graduates’ speech in English.




Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) in Seoul, South Korea, becomes a new partner of GUtech

Prof. Michael Braun, Rector of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), and Prof. Shin Dong Ryeol, President of Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Monday, 12th December, 2022, in Seoul, South Korea, in the presence of H.E. Sheik Abdullah M. Al Salmi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Oman Educational Services (OES) and his delegation, H.E. Zakariya bin Hamad Alsaadi, the Omani Ambassador in South Korea, and Deans and members of SKK University.


SKKU was established in 1398 and is the oldest university in East Asia. Based on its highly successful partnership with SAMSUNG which has generously funded several core initiatives at SKKU, the university has been rapidly developing since 1996. The partnership also enabled SKKU to develop world-leading academic programs in software development, mobile communications engineering, energy engineering, nanotechnology, business, medicine, and law SKKU is operating two innovative campuses serving the Humanities & Social Sciences and Natural Sciences.


There are many areas of common interest in particular in Engineering, Technology and Science. Apart from scientific cooperation in teaching, research and development, joint activities as well as staff and student exchange the two parties have agreed on a number of strategic topics in which the two institutions will support each other in the future. The visit included a discussion with the incoming President of SKKU as well as lab tours and working meetings on different topics. SAMSUNG Engineering was another destination during the visit.

The German university of Technology signed an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education

The German university of Technology signed an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation to join the EJAAD virtual platform where industry, academia and government collaborate on research and innovation related activities that serve the national economy and are in line with Vision 2040 goals.

GUtech Innovation Days

A two-day competition was held, and a judging panel evaluated the projects. This two-day workshop invited students from all disciplines to work in interdisciplinary teams on a defined challenge. Students were introduced to Design Thinking as a creative and user-centered method. In a structured process, ideas were generated in creative phases, which were implemented as simple prototypes and iteratively tested and adapted. A team of trained facilitators guided the teams through their individual design processes and provided insights into the opportunities and challenges of their idea. At the end of the day, a jury of experts selected the best idea.