13 selected students from UPAD department has taken part in a DAAD co-sponsored trip to Germany.

13 selected students from UPAD department has taken part in a DAAD co-sponsored trip to Germany. The two week excursion took place from 1st of November to 14th of November, where the first week was dedicated to the excursion around different German cities and the second week was dedicated to a workshop conducted by the chair of Urban and regional planning of RWTH Aachen.

 

The excursion started in Frankfurt moving to Hamburg, and then to the capital city Berlin, moving to Munich and finally to Aachen. One of the days during the stay in Aachen, the students had also visited Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The students had various guided tours through the cities, looking at important architecture and urban design projects across Germany. They also visited important architecture offices like Tehrani Architects in Hamburg and VMX architects in Amsterdam.

 

During the first half of the workshop the students analyzed and compared different public squares in Oman and in Aachen. They then moved on to the design task, where they proposed concepts for the improvement of a parking space into a vibrant and lively public space in Aachen. The students from Oman worked closely with International students studying at RWTH Aachen and thus gained an insight about different working methods.

 

The group was accompanied by Alexander Kader, Head of department and Dean of Urban Planning and Architectural Design at Gutech and teaching assistant Shaharin Annisa.

GUtech female futsal team wins championship

Oman Universities National Team – female futsal about to travel for a competition in Jordan

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GUtech Female Fustal Team

Last weekend, the Oman University Sports Committee held a female futsal competition at Al Amal Club, Muscat.
GUtech female futsal team won all the matches and defeated the team of SQU with a clear 3:1 in the final match. The best scorer trophy as well went to GUtech’s team captain, Basma Al Rashdi. Congratulations to the team and its trainer crew!

Winner team: Atika Al Rahbi, Aisha Al Falahi, Asma Al Alawi, Basma Al Rashdi, Geetanjali Sambangi, Hanan Al Habsi, Nawal Al Amri, Jokha Al Zakwani, Reem Al Maskari, Yusra Al Shoukri, Waad Al Ghaithy, Zuwaina Al Zakwani

Oman University Sports Committee is preparing to send for the first time a female futsal National Team abroad. Five GUtech students were selected to train with the national coach, Haroon Al Bartamani from the Oman Football Federation, for the next 2 weeks. GUtech will host the first training sessions with coach Haroon at the sports hall.

GUtech Foundation Year students win in Microsoft Office Specialist Championship

GUtech is the overall champion of the 1st Microsoft Office Specialist Championship which was held at, 27th of October at Exceed,

Tilal Complex Muscat Grand Mall .

“Our students have done a great job! We are proud of them. We are the champion in three categories. Our students have shown that they can now compete at the international level, which is the Microsoft World Championship 2016 to be held in Orlando Florida,” said Revinson Martin, IT Lecturer in the Foundation Year at GUtech.

“Achieving beyond expectations is the core mindset at GUtech. I am personally pleased of our performance at the MS Specialist Championship. Congratulations to our participating champions and their mentors,” said Ahmed Al Salmi, General Manager of the Foundation Year Programme at GUtech.

 

Seven educational institutions in Oman have competed in the finals and GUtech students were the champions in three different categories:

  • 1st place Microsoft Word – Shima Al Saadi
  • 1st place Microsoft Excel – Reem Al Mushikhi
  • 1st place Microsoft PowerPoint – Aseel Al Salmi

Also, GUtech students achieved top positions.

  • 3rd place Microsoft PowerPoint – Aisha Al Balushi
  • 5th place Microsoft Word – Saba Al Balushi

 

The competition is 1st in Oman and in the Middle East (according to KUDOS). The competition is used to test the skills of the Omani students in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. At first, 60 GUtech students participated in February 2015 , who are also IC3 certified. They underwent series of assessments until we got the five best students who competed in the finals, said Revinson.

 

GUtech celebrates Omani Women’s Day on campus

Omani Women’s Day was celebrated by the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) at its university campus in Halban recently under the patronage of Her Highness Sayyida Tagreed Turki Al Said. Sayyida Tagreed inaugurated an arts exhibition and a bazaar to mark the occasion. Since the launch of the Omani Women’s Day by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said in 2011, the event was organised for the first time at the university by the Student Affairs Department of GUtech, along with GUtech’s female students. During her speech, Sayyida Tagreed stressed the importance of women within the Omani society.“Omani women work in different sectors nowadays, and side by side along with men, while also playing a role in their families, as a mother and a sister, and playing a role in public, as a colleague and a student,” she said. The majority of the students studying at GUtech are female and a large number of students participated and attended the evening event. “This is a very special day for us Omani women. With our support, the economy will grow more and more,” said Baraah Al Saady, Foundation Year student at GUtech. The students said they were happy to see such an event being organised by the university, in order to stress the importance of women. “In the past, the situation of women was different and there was less trust in women. His Majesty the Sultan has placed his trust in Omani women and we participate in building Omani society”, said Al Anood Al Gharibi, Foundation Year student at GUtech. Going forwards, Al Gharibi said she would like to become an architect. “Everybody has a dream. To realise our dreams, women need the support of society”, she added. The event included a number of other activities, such as a Fitness Fusion Workshop, including Zumba and facials, a Bangladeshi dance, a fashion show of traditional Omani dresses by Omani designer Zamzam Al Balushi, a taekwondo show and a photography and crafts exhibition. Author Balqees Al Ma’mari also launched her novel in Arabic at the event.

Petroleum Geoscience Students conducted Field-Seminar in Europe

MUSCAT A group of Omani students and their professor of the Department of Petroleum Geoscience at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech)  conducted a one week field-seminar near the largest onshore oil field in Europe, the Wytch farm oilfield, located on the south coast of the UK. “This is the most famous area in the world for teaching petroleum geology in the field. Our main objective was to explore the main processes that lead to the formation of an oil accumulation and to teach the students the so-called ‘play evaluation’,” said Professor Dr. Wiekert Visser, Head of the Department of Petroleum Geoscience at GUtech. The field work was lead by Professor Wiekert and has been held on an annual basis, as part of the three-year Master’s programme. The Southern coastline of the UK, especially the regions Devon and Dorset are renowned for their teaching possibilities in oil and gas exploration geology.

Such quality of teaching in petroleum geological is very hard in Oman because of the mountain building has distorted many primary rock quality features which are important for petroleum geology. “In the South of the UK the geological structure is very simple compared to Oman,” said Professor Wiekert. Besides GUtech, many oil companies and universities visit the Dorset coast for petroleum geological training. “During the seminar we worked together in small teams, and learnt how we can use observations on source, reservoir and seal rocks and structure in the field to derive the history of the rocks, which then helps to predict the potential for petroleum exploration” said Haifa Al Salmi, Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Geoscience. At the end of the week long field excursion, the teams had to present their petroleum exploration concept to a senior explorationist.

Orientation Days held at GUtech

MUSCAT The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), located in Halban, has started its academic year with Orientation Days for students new to GUtech, entering the General Foundation or the Academic Foundation Programme or the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Engineering programmes this week. The induction day is an introduction to the new study environment and held in English and Arabic.

The Rector of the University, Prof. Michael Modigell and Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances welcomed the new batch of GUtech students in English and Arabic: “I have the pleasure to welcome you at our university and to our GUtech family. Studying at our university, you made a good choice for quality higher education. GUtech is affiliated with one of the leading universities in Europe, RWTH Aachen University. In the coming years GUtech will be a part of your life and very challenging for you. We expect you to work hard and study well for a bright future of yourselves and your country,” said Prof. Michael Modigell. The General Manager of the Foundation Year Programme, Ahmed al Salmi stressed in his speech the overall mentoring support to the students: “We be there and support you throughout your studies.”

The GUtech orientation days continued with presentations of senior students about academic life and student life at GUtech. The students also received more information on the Student Council. GUtech has an active student body with many activities such as a chess club, participation in the cancer walkathon, the International Night, National Day Celebrations and the Muscat Youth Summit, Sports Day. Furthermore, a GUtech Student Council is elected every year which includes student representatives of each study-programme. “We aim at giving a voice to each student” said Mohammed Al Tamami, president of the Student Council and GUtech alumni. The next Student Council elections will be held in October this year. “If you wish to make a change, start with yourself” said Mohammed while encouraging the students to be an active member of the Student Council and the GUtech community.

The language of tuition at GUtech is English. GUtech is affiliated with RWTH Aachen University, one of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe. For many years employers in Germany have been ranking RWTH Aachen University as the best university in Germany. GUtech offers the General English Programme, a Foundation Programme and Bachelor of Science programmes in Applied Geosciences, Computer Science, Urban Planning and Architectural Design, International Business and Service Management as well as Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering and Environmental Engineering as well as a MSc programme in Petroleum Geoscience.

All Bachelor of Science programmes are internationally accredited, the BEng programmes are in the process of being accredited.

Workshop held on flood management

The German University of Technology (GUtech) recently hosted a workshop on flood mapping as part of a joint hydrology and GIS research project, entitled ‘Towards a flood-resilient Omani Society: Improved Tools for Flood Management’. The three-year-long inter-disciplinary research project which started in February this year is funded by The Research Council (TRC).
“The workshop at GUtech was part of a work package on data visualisation. It was about gaining an understanding of current flood mapping practices in Oman. We discussed the availability and the use of flood maps by different stakeholders, the differences between different map types, eg flood hazard maps and flood risk maps, as well as flood map content and layout,” said Associate Prof Dr Adrijana Car, who is leading the research project package related to data visualisation, along with her colleagues from different departments at GUtech, Associate Prof Dr Ekkehard Holzbecher (Applied Geosciences — Hydrogeology) and Associate Prof Dr Nabil Sahli (Computer Sciences), and Dr Edda Kalbus, former professor of Applied Geosciences at GUtech (Hydrogeology).
Prof Adrijana has extensive experience in GIS education and application in various projects around the world and she has been teaching GIS at the University of Salzburg, Austria.
Employees from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, Muscat Municipality, Supreme Council for Planning, ESRI Muscat and GUtech, participated in the daylong workshop.

SCIENCE, TECH PROFESSIONALS TO SPUR OMAN’S GROWTH PLANS

Oman needs science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals to drive Oman’s innovation and competitiveness, experts have suggested.

Ithraa’s fourth seminar in the Oman at Work series, dedicated to the topic ‘STEM: Jobs of the Future,’ and held at the Bank Muscat Head Office, explored how science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers will drive Oman’s economic success by generating new ideas, companies, products and industries.

The panelist for the final day were Dr Basel Dayyani from GUTECH, Dr Mohammed Al Mugheiry of Blue Ocean Consultancy, Dr Wael Al Harrasi from Petroleum Development Oman, Dr Sana Al Balushi from the Ministry of Education, Salim Al Mahrooqi from Technical Innovation Services, and Rayan Al Kalbani of Mazoon Environmental and Technological Services.

The final session of the series was moderated by Dr. Nadiya Al Saady, Executive Director, Oman Animal, Plant & Genetic Resources Center. According to Al Saady, both traditional and emerging industries will rely on science, technology, engineering and mathematics -trained workers to ensure future economic success.

The discussion pointed out that changes in the global economy are increasing and stressed the need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics trained personnel.

The discussion also touched on why the representation of women is less in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics workplace.

STEM is a natural priority in this region, said the panelists.

The Oman at Work seminar also discussed why there is a need for a shift in the approach to teaching and leveraging science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

According to Sana Al Balushi, the arts are a necessary adjunct to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

Also, the speakers emphasized that private foundations should focus on developing Omani innovation.

“We must offer opportunities to Omanis and believe in their abilities. Omani skills are historically known in various areas,” says Dr Wael Al Harrasi.

The infrastructure in Oman is ready to accept science, technology, engineering and mathematics experts, and there are many opportunities in Oman, the panelists noted.

The four evenings of discussion received positive feedback from participants.

The panelists agreed that the country must be united to equip Oman’s citizens with the modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills they need to compete. Panelists also said that all sectors need to recognise that the demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics -trained Omani talent is only going to increase in the years to come.

Following this discussion, the four part Oman at Work seminar series came to an end. The series was designed by Ithraa, Oman’s inward investment and export promotion agency, to help Oman’s public and private sector better understand the challenges and opportunities of today’s evolving work environment.

GUtech students to conduct geological field study in UK

MUSCAT The Department of Petroleum Geoscience at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) will conducted a field-seminar for their MSc students, on the south coast of the UK in August. The one week course is lead by Professor Dr. Wiekert Visser, Head of the Department of Petroleum Geoscience at GUtech. The objective of the field-excursion is “to teach the students the so-called play evaluation in petroleum exploration,” said Professor Wiekert. “In the South of the UK the geological structure is very simple and the making of the relevant observations is doable within a few days. This would be impossible in Oman because of the geological complexity,” said Professor Wiekert.
The one week field-seminar is an integral part of the MSc in Petroleum Geoscience, a three years part-time programme. Throughout the studies the students conduct a number of field-trips in Oman and abroad. They are also taught by academics who are very experienced in the oil and gas sector.
“There are very good reasons that many oil companies and universities visit the Dorset coast for petroleum geological training. The Southern coastline of the UK, especially the regions Devon and Dorset is renowned for its teaching possibilities in oil and gas exploration geology. The area has very good examples of the key geological elements necessary for creating oil or gas fields: rocks from which oil and gas are generated (source rocks), rocks in which oil and gas are stored (reservoirs), rocks which make sure that oil and gas do not escape to surface over time (seals), and features that create “traps” or the shape of an oil/gas field. Moreover, the largest onshore oilfield in Europe is present in the area,” said Professor Wiekert Visser. During the seminar the students work together in small teams, and learn how they can use observations on source, reservoir, seal and structure in the field to derive the history of the rocks, which then helps to predict the potential for petroleum exploration. Students will also combine their field observations with offshore seismic data to predict prospectivity of the offshore area. At the end of the 5-day trip, the teams have to present their petroleum exploration concept to a senior explorationist.
The students going on the UK trip are now entering their last year of the MSc programme. Looking ahead, Prof. Wiekert says that GUtech is very happy to announce that on October 18th a new group of students will start the MSc in Petroleum Geoscience. Those interested in giving their career in the oil industry a boost are stimulated to join the programme.

Most of our MSc students are pursuing their studies beside their work duties in different companies in Oman, such as PDO, Oman Oil, CCED, CGG. In addition to class room teaching, the theory and practice of Geosciences in the field and in the our Schlumberger workstation lab, the MSc programme at GUtech focusses on developing the student’s scientific research skills. “We want to go beyond the traditional learning. We want the students to become independent thinkers and scientists who know how to write a scientific thesis at a Masters’ level,” said Prof. Wiekert.
GUtech is affiliated with RWTH Aachen University, one of the leading universities of technology in Europe. The MSc course in Petroleum Geoscience was designed by RWTH Aachen professors of the department of Geosciences. The MSc programme in Petroleum Geoscience at GUtech is recognized by the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman and uses the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) to record student’s process.
For further details please contact the Head of the Department of Petroleum Geoscience at GUtech, Professor Dr. Wiekert Visser on wiekert.visser@gutech.edu.om

Caption: Prof. Dr. Wiekert Visser, Head of the Department of Petroleum Geoscience

Inter-University Exchange in Language Teaching

HALBAN To promote inter-university exchange, a meeting between German and French language lecturers of different universities in Oman was conducted at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) recently. Seventeen language lecturers and teachers from GUtech, Sultan Qaboos University, University of Nizwa, Goethe Institute and from various public schools that teach German and French in Oman attended the meeting.

Four German lecturers currently teach around 280 students in the Bachelor programmes at GUtech, where German is taught to all BSc and BEng students as an additional language during three semesters. “We would like to further improve our teaching technique. We had a very lively discussion during our meeting,“  said Andrea Cornelissen, Representative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and German Lecturer at GUtech.