Orientation Days to be held end of the week

HALBAN More than 500 new Omani and international students are expected to start their studies at GUtech end of this week. The university will conduct its Orientation Days for Foundation Year students on the 18th of September and for Bachelor of Science students on the 19th of September. The Orientation Days will give new students insights into studying and life on campus. “The Foundation year will give the students a unique experience and a skill-set needed to succeed in GUtech’s Bachelor programmes,” said Prof. Dr. Armin Eberlein, Deputy-Rector for Academic Affairs at GUtech. The university offers undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Engineering, Computer Sciences, Applied Geosciences, Urban Planning and Architectural Design, International Business and Service Management and in Logistics.

More than 60 new students will start in the Bachelor of Applied Geosciences programme. “We are glad to welcome new academics in our department. Prof. Dr. Rajat Mazumder, an expert in the field of sedimentology, joined our department recently and we have employed an Omani lab technician, Ms Hanan Maawali, a GUtech Applied Geosciences alumni. Dr. Mazumder received a research grant by The Research Council, entitled: Sedimentology and volcanic stratigraphy of the Paleoarchean Iron Ore Group, Singhbhum Craton, India and implications for early earth processes,” said Prof Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences. The department has been conducting several scientific research projects in and outside of Oman in the past years.

“We are expecting a wonderful semester full of experiential learning experiences and industrial collaborations,” said Prof. Dr. Osman Barghouth, Head of the Department of Logistics, Tourism, & Service Management, Faculty of Business and Economics. The department is expecting 86 new students for the Bachelor programmes in Logistics and International Business and Service Management. “Our faculty of Business and Economics is growing as we are having one new assistant professor Dr. Mehdi Kamran who is specialized in Industrial Management including Operations Research, Health Care Operations Research, Simulation-based Optimization, Soft-Computing, Supply Chain Management and Logistics. The faculty also received the approval for funding of a research project entitled “Mapping CSR Regulations and Practices in the Sultanate of Oman: an international benchmarking approach,” said Prof. Osman.

GUtech is affiliated with RWTH Aachen University, one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany and in Europe. All BSc and BEng programmes are internationally accredited by the Accreditation Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN) in Germany and the Oman Accreditation Agency (OAAA). GUtech is a private university that was founded in Muscat in December 2006. In summer 2019 around 2.200 students were studying at the university.

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GUtech and the Oman Oil and Orpic Group have signed a MoU

HALBAN The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), represented by the Rector, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell and the Oman Oil and Orpic Group, represented by Gilles Rochas, the GM Polymer Marketing, Orpic, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding last Thursday to collaborate on research projects, internship opportunities for Engineering students as well as excursions, professional seminars for GUtech students and any other activities that may support enriching the knowledge of the students. “Orpic’s production of Polyethylene (PE) and Polypropylene (PP) is about to increase to 1.4 million tons by next year; this collaboration with GUtech is so timely and instrumental in accelerating the execution of the circular economy agenda in the country,” said Gilles Rochas, General Manager Polymer Marketing, the Oman Oil and Orpic Group. One of the first joint projects will be on the setting up of a research project on “conversion of plastic waste to fuel” conducted by Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Engineering Department at GUtech. “Our aim is to develop a novel and innovative process that provides a technical solution to one of the most persisting environmental problem in Oman and in the world. The new process will offer a sustainable solution for recycling million tons of plastic waste in Oman,” said Prof. Najah Al Mhanna.

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Technical Workshop on the Underground Storage for Hydrogen in Oman held at RWTH Aachen

HALBAN A technical workshop on the underground storage for hydrogen gas in Oman was held in July at GUtech’s German partner-university, RWTH Aachen University. The workshop was held in preparation for the Oman Hydrogen Initiative. „An efficient storage and buffer systems for hydrogen are essential for a large scale production and application of green hydrogen,” said the Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell. In addition Prof Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences participated in the workshop. Prof. Peter Kukla, Dean of the Faculty of Georesources and Materials Engineering at RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Dr. Janos Urai, Professor of Structural Geology and Tectonics at RWTH Aachen University and fly-in professor at GUtech, and Prof. Dr. Hartmut Krause from TU Freiburg (Germany) as well as Dr. Bernd Wiemann and Gunther Weber from Hydrogen Rise participated in the one day workshop.

During the workshop, Prof. Bauer gave an overview of the Geology of Oman and research that is currently conducted at GUtech. Prof. Krause from TU Freiburg explained the HYPOS project on hydrogen storage in caverns, its framework conditions and the planned project work. According to Prof. Wilfried Bauer there are six exposed salt domes of Ediacaran/Cambrian Ara salt in the central Ghaba Salt basin in the South of Oman. Main source rocks, so called Cryogenian-Cambrian Huqf Supergroup are the oldest source rock for oil and gas. Further research is required to identify the best reservoirs for the storage of hydrogen which could be either an empty old gas reservoir or a cavern within one of the salt domes of Oman.

© GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet and Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer

 

Nobel Prize Laureate, Prof. Amano: “Towards a Zero Emission Society”

MUSCAT During an inspiring GUtech public talk by the Nobel Prize laureate (2014), Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano, held at the Kempinski Hotel Muscat last Wednesday, the Nobel winner called for an energy shift from oil-based economies towards renewable energies such as solar energy, reducing CO2 emissions by 80%. Prof. Amano stressed that an energy shift can prevent a further increase in temperatures worldwide. He and his research team are currently working on a long-term, interdisciplinary project to find innovative approaches towards developing a ‘Zero Emission Society”. Within this project, Prof. Amano and his colleagues have invented ‘movable offshore solar power stations’.  The so-called “Future Wireless Power Transmission Network” is an open innovation platform that develops sustainable, smart solutions for future energy challenges of our societies based on an Eco Research System. By using LED light, Japan reduced its annual electricity consumption by 7%. Today even in far reaching areas LED lights are used. A few years ago Prof. Amano visited Mongolia and was glad to see that LED lamps are used in the traditional Mongolian Ger tents.

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano is a Doctor of Engineering and 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). He was awarded jointly for the Nobel Prize in Physics with Prof. Amano’s colleagues Prof. Dr. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura in 2014. The three scientists received the Nobel Prize for their invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes LED lights which have enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources.

Prof. Amanos talk entitled “Lighting the world with LEDs” and the “Internet of Energy” was held under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Abdul Munim bin Mansoor Al Hassani, Minister of Information, on Wednesday evening at Kempinski Hotel Muscat, Al Mouj. A number of dignitaries including H.E. Hilal Al Hinai, Secretary General of The Research Council (TRC) attended the event, which was organized by the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in cooperation with Kempinski Hotel Muscat. Prof. Amano was accompanied by a delegation from Nagoya University (Japan) and the former Japanese Ambassador to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Seigi Marimoto.

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

Engineering student gave a workshop on ‘Building a Smart System’ at Siegen University

SIEGEN / Germany. A fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at GUtech, Alazhar Al Azri, gave a workshop on “Building a Smart System in a Digital Fabrication (FAB) Lab” at Siegen University in Germany. Worldwide there exist more than 1,800 FAB labs. “A Fabrication Lab is a digital laboratory where you can make almost anything. It includes laser cutters, 3D Printers or a CNC machine that can be used to build even a car, a bicycle or some medical parts. One of the main goals of Alazhar’s internship is to support the establishment of a “Fabrication Lab” in Oman and that is open to the community,” said Ali Al-Humairi, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science and the Hardware Club Supervisor at GUtech. GUtech is planning to open a FAB Lab in cooperation with the FAB Lab of Siegen University. Alazhar who is also the president of the Hardware Club at GUtech is currently conducting his summer internship at Siegen University. “Training young Omani students like Alazhar is the first step towards establishing a Digital Fabrication Lab at GUtech,” said Ali Al-Humairi. The duration of a summer internship varies between 6-8 weeks. The main goal of the internship is to support the students learning process while applying the theoretical knowledge in practice. In addition, while traveling and working abroad, students learn about other cultures and languages.

GUtech has a number of laboratories on campus including a Hardware Laboratory, a Computer and Troubleshooting Laboratory, a Computer Network Laboratory in the Computer Science Department; and a Mechatronic and Measurement Technique Labs in the Engineering Department.

 

 

GUtech Public Talk: “The Internet of Energy” by Prof. Hiroshi Amano, Nobel Prize Laureate, 11 September at 7 pm, Kempinski Hotel Muscat

A GUtech Nobel Lecture  at the Kempinski Hotel, Al Mouj on 11 September at 7 pm

HALBAN Under the auspices of Dr. Abdul Munim bin Mansour Al Hasani, Minister of Information, the Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics (2014), Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano, will give a special Nobel lecture entitled “Internet of Energy” on Wednesday, 11 September at 7 pm at the Kempinski Hotel Muscat in Al Mouj. The Nobel lecture is open to the general public and organised by the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) in cooperation with the Kempinski Hotel Muscat. “We are very honored to welcome Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano as a distinguished speaker. Prof. Amano is not only an outstanding scientist, he is a great teacher and communicator, being able to make the audience curious and let them understand the subject of his scientific research,” said Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech.

Prof. Dr. Hiroshi Amano was awarded jointly for the Nobel Prize in Physics with his colleagues Prof. Dr. Isamu Akasaki and Prof. Dr. Shuji Nakamura in 2014. 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. Amano initiated a network of scientists who works on the “Internet of Energy”.

BSc Logistics and BSc International Business and Service Management receive international accreditation

HALBAN GUtech’s Bachelor programmes of International Business and Service Management as well as Logistics have received full accreditation by the Accreditation, Certification and Quality Control Institute (ACQUIN) based in Germany, for the next five years. “We are delighted to announce the first accreditation of our bachelor programmes in International Business and Service Management and in Logistics. During the accreditation process the curricula were evaluated as well as the infrastructure, the academic staff, etc. Having these programmes accredited by a German agency shows their quality and allows our graduates to continue their studies in Germany. We are particularly proud that we received the maximum accreditation period for first accreditations, which is further evidence of the confidence the panel of German and Austrian experts had in our programmes and educational environment. We value their feedback and their suggestions which further strengthen the programmes,” said Prof. Dr. Armin Eberlein, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs at GUtech. All BSc and BEng programmes are internationally accredited ACQUIN.

Both Bachelor programmes are aligned with international business trends in the Gulf region while being committed to Oman’s vision for sustainable development, entrepreneurship and innovation. The BSc in International Business and Service Management, focuses on the growing tourism and travel sector worldwide, and the BSc in Logistics focuses on transportation management, supply chain management and the logistics of goods, services, and related information between their point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet customer’s requirements.

“Within the wider framework of international business studies, these two Bachelor programmes combine theory and practice bringing students in direct contact with real life business scenarios in both economic sectors which are earmarked to lead the diversification of the Omani economy and create the job opportunities for future generations as per Oman’s vision 2040,” said Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics.

GUtech Students study the German Language and Culture at RWTH Aachen University

MUSCAT Fifteen students and two supervisors from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) are currently attending a special German Language and Culture Course at GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been funding this annual study-trip for GUtech students since 2009. The three-week course conducted by The Language Center of the University aims at introducing the students to the German language and to a classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. In addition, the students visit the different faculties at RWTH Aachen University.

Each year a number of GUtech students conduct their bachelor thesis at RWTH Aachen University and others persue a Master’s programme at the university. Founded in 1870, RWTH Aachen University is an internationally renowned academic institution and one of Germany’s universities of excellence. With more than 45,000 students it is the country’s largest technical University.

(c) GUtech: Umai al Balushi, Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

 

Green Energy for the Future – The OMAN Hydrogen Initiative launched

HALBAN The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and the German company Hydrogen Rise AG have launched the OMAN Hydrogen Initiative to enable the economic potential of green hydrogen technologies in Oman. Hydrogen is an integral component required in the global transition towards renewable energy and one of the most promising alternative fuels for future energy applications. The goal of the OMAN Hydrogen Initiative is to develop an hydrogen export industry in Oman, to introduce hydrogen-based energy solutions and to support the setting-up of academic, technological and economic hydrogen expertise in Oman. For this, the initiative will cooperate in close cooperation with government institutions in Oman as well as the academia and industry partners in Oman and in Germany.

“We are interested in exploring new fields in the area of Hydrogen Technology and Economics. We have founded this initiative because hydrogen technologies play an essential role in the future of the global energy, metal, chemical and mobility industry,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. In this context, the early identification of technologies and economic changes are essential parts of GUtech’s understanding of Research and Development. In this field, the establishment of new competencies and disciplines with long-term impacts and the combination of technology and the economy present new opportunities for students and represent a future oriented platform for job and business creation,” said Prof. Modigell.

The hydrogen initiative includes the establishment and organization of an open OMAN Hydrogen Dialogue Platform along with the establishment of a Hydrogen Economy Competence Center at GUtech. This Competence Center will be closely linked with academic and industrial activities in Oman. It will identify and develop teaching, research and development between GUtech academics and industry partners. In addition, a new hydrogen application as well as pilot and demonstration projects will be launched. A hydrogen pilot plant for Research & Development on campus and further far-reaching demonstration and application projects are planned to be initiated with partners of the initiative in Oman.

The first steps of the Open Hydrogen Dialogue Platform will be lectures, workshops and a Hydrogen Economy Symposium to be held in October this year. The aim is to raise public awareness of the potential of hydrogen as a green energy source. “The initiative focuses on the research and the communication of green hydrogen and its potential contribution to Oman`s economic diversification efforts as well as new employment opportunities that come along with it,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finance.

“The aim of the initiative is to bring local and international stakeholders together to work closely towards the significant benefits of hydrogen for Oman as an exporting country. International demand for this innovative energy carrier will be growing steadily and it is very important to claim an early position in these promising new opportunities,” said Olav Carlsen from Hydrogen Rise AG and Co-initiator of the OMAN Hydrogen Initiative. Germany is one of the leading countries in the field of hydrogen – in academic research, hydrogen production processes, storage and hydrogen applications.

“Hydrogen is a promising alternative, CO2-free energy source, produced by splitting water with renewable energy such as solar or wind. It is a CO2-free energy carrier that can be stored in large quantities and transported over long distances. It is a raw material for many industrial applications. Oman offers excellent production conditions for a large-scale hydrogen production,” said Dr. Ing. Bernd Wiemann, Founder and CEO of Hydrogen Rise AG.

OMAN Hydrogen Initiative

Initiators (pictured): Prof. Dr. Ing. Modigell and Dr. Hussain Al Salmi from GUtech and Dr.-Ing. Bernd Wiemann and Olav Carlsen from Hydrogen Rise AG

GUtech: The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) is the sole German University of Technology in the Gulf region and affiliated with RWTH Aachen University in Germany. RWTH Aachen University is one of the leading higher education institutions in Germany and in Europe. All BSc and BEng programmes are internationally accredited by the Accreditation Certification and Quality Assurance Institute (ACQUIN). During the winter semester 2018/2019 a total of 2172 students were studying at GUtech in the Foundation Year Programme and in five BSc and three BEng programmes. A total of 451 students have graduated from the GUtech since 2012. www.gutech.edu.om

Hydrogen Rise AG: (Munich, Germany) Together with our partners, Hydrogen Rise develops all key elements of the long-term green hydrogen system solutions. This includes the infrastructure for green hydrogen production, its transport, storage, distribution and export all the way to the integration of various applications in the areas. Together with the technological focus, Hydrogen Rise lays the foundation for the systematic development of technological and academic competencies.

For more details please contact Dr. Manuela Gutberlet at GUtech: manuela.gutberlet@gutech.edu.om

15 students will participate in a Language and Culture Course at RWTH Aachen University in August

MUSCAT A group of 15 students and two supervisors from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) will travel to GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University to attend a special German Language and Culture Course next month. Its main aim is to introduce the students to life in Germany and to a classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. For most of the GUtech students this will be their first trip to Germany. Students from all study-programmes had to apply with a letter of motivation that was followed by an interview. “RWTH is among the top 10 universities in Germany. I feel privileged to visit the institution. I hope that the trip enhances my knowledge about various cultures and helps me to become an independent individual,” said Osama Pervez Abdul Rahman, who is studying Computer Sciences in the 2nd year. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has been funding the annual study-trip for GUtech students since 2009.

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