International Geosciences Conference to be held at GUtech on 9 -15 Nov. – top scientists will attend –

HALBAN An International Geosciences Conference entitled “Sea level Change from Minutes to Millennia” will be held between the 9-15 November at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). A total of 50 scientists from 50 different countries including Germany, US, China, Estonia and Canada will participate. “We analyse the impact of sea level changes. Sea level changes are either the impact of instant changes like storms, indundations and tsunamis or long-term changes as the consequence of global climate change. This is important as coastal areas are densely populated, including critical infrastructure, such as desalination plants,” said Prof. Dr. Goesta Hoffmann, Associate Professor at GUtech’s Department of Applied Geosciences and at Bonn University (Germany). For his research achievements, Professor Goesta Hoffmann received the National Research Award of The Research Council last year. The conference has been organized five times per year. The meeting in Oman will be a kick-off meeting for a joint project, to be scheduled between 2017-2021, which will have four principal investigators. The six-day conference will include a one day workshop at GUtech, two day oral and poster presentations at the university and three days field workshop in different places in Oman. The conference is sponsored by UNESCO, the German Association of Geoscientists in Bonn, Cologne and Julich and GUtech.

 

The Programme of the conference supports work on five themes:

Earth Resources: Sustaining our Society

Global Change: Evidence from the geological record

Geohazards: Mitigating the risks

Hydrogeology: Geoscience of the water cycle

Geodynamic: Control our environment

 

About the IGCP: International Geological Correlation Program

The Programme has always built bridges between disciplines and between scientists, including young ones, with aims of stimulating cutting-edge research and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of all.

For over forty years, UNESCO has worked with the International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS) to mobilize global cooperation in the Earth sciences through the International Geoscience Programme. This Programme has provided a platform for scientists from across the world to push the frontiers of knowledge forward through concrete projects. Better understanding the Earth is essential for the diversity of life and future of human society. The Earth sciences hold key answers to the challenges we must overcome to preserve our environment and develop sustainably.

UNESCO is the only United Nations organization with a mandate to support research and capacity in geology and geophysics, and the International Geoscience Programme is our flagship.”

 

BSc Logistics students visit Germany

Logistics Operations in Germany – GUtech conducted Study Excursion

BARKA To learn more about logistics operations in Germany, a group of GUtech 5th semester students and the acting Head of the Department of Logistics, Prof. Dr. Halil Guenduez, recently conducted a study-excursion to Germany. The excursion was financed by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). “The students learnt about supply chain management how logistics work in different fields and on different scales. We have been conducting field trips in Oman. However, this is the first logistics excursion abroad. The students were very impressed about the automatization and the size of supply chain and logistics operations and even got ideas about where to conduct their internships next year,” said Dr. Halil.

 

The students stayed in the city of Aachen where they first visited GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University. There they met the Dean of the School of Business and Economics Prof. Thomas Kittsteiner and by Prof. Dr. Oliver Lorz who introduced them to the department, the studies at RWTH Aachen and the campus.

 

Each day the group then visited a different Logistics company in the field of airport, maritime and distribution logistics in the region, such as DHL in Aachen-Wurselen and Cologne-Frechen, the baggage handling logistics center of the Airport of Cologne, and Zalando Apparel and Shoes warehouse in Mönchengladbach as well as a coal mining industry and the port of Duisburg. On the sidelines the students also visited historical cities of Cologne, Stolberg, and Monschau in Germany, the city of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and the Belgium capital Brussels.

 

About the programme

 

“The Bachelor of Science in Logistics aims at providing students with a solid and in-depth knowledge of logistics, supply chain management, and transportation management. The programme combines a comprehensive education in engineering subjects of logistics and in business subjects of logistics and supply chain management. The graduates will primarily gain knowledge about the most important business methods and theories, the understanding of logistics and the ability to apply optimization and simulation techniques. Beside those skills the programme offers management and entrepreneurial courses, so that graduates will develop the knowledge and skills to work in a responsible position of an established logistics company as well as in a start-up or emerging business, in particular in the field of logistics service providers.” said Dr. Halil.

The programme has a quantitative orientation which includes many courses where good mathematical understanding is required. Graduates of the Logistics programme will be able to take over responsible administrative or management positions in logistics in the Sultanate of Oman and the region or to enroll in further postgraduate programs. Our aim is to support Oman’s logistics chain investments with very good qualified graduates, boosting the Sultanate’s capacity to move its domestic and export cargo, as well as strengthen its credentials as a major freight transshipment hub.

GUtech conducted Professional Development Days for its employees

BARKA The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has conducted professional development workshops for its employees recently. “Knowledge is changing in a very fast pace. We have organized the professional development days for the third time, just before the start of the academic year. It is important for us to train and motivate our staff so that they learn themselves and motivate the students throughout the year,” said Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech.

This year two groups of academics from GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University conducted training courses in the basics of Blended Learning and on Teaching Methods. The workshop included different sessions on key challenges in teaching, conducted by a group of researchers from the Center of Learning and Knowledge Management (ZLW) at RWTH Aachen University.

Knowledge changes very fast and needs to be renewed continuously. “Ten years after school, there is no added value for a learner. Five years after graduating with a Bachelor or Master’s degree there is no value anymore,” said Prof. Dr. Heribert Nacken, the Rector’s delegate for Blended Learning and Exploratory Teaching Space at RWTH Aachen University. According to Prof. Nacken, those who teach at university should be aware of how we learn. In order to apply and improve the work of our brains with its neurotransmitters, knowledge usually needs to be practised and repeated. To increase the learning outcome for students various teaching techniques can be applied, according to the motto “Life is where there is a connection,” said Prof. Nacken. He suggested to use e-learning, a self-paced learning media to teach certain skills, e.g. in natural sciences, in engineering and even in language learning. “The first input always comes from a human being,” said Prof. Nacken. Referring to the Dual Code Theory a link between the verbal or oral and pictoral or visual perception create knowledge in the long-term memory of the brain. However “visual information is usually faster than aural information” he said. Explanations for illustrations are usually better understood in a spoken (oral) form than in a written presentation only.” Prof. Nacken also recommended to reduce the learning material for students and to apply various media while teaching. GUtech staff was introduced to new teaching techniques involving ‘Massive Open Online Courses’ or the ‘flipped classroom technique’ where the lecturer plays the role of a mentor instead of a presenter and the students themselves acquire their own knowledge from various sources.

The second part of the workshop conducted by a team from the Center of Learning and Knowledge Management at RWTH Aachen University, GUtech academic staff was asked to give sample presentations and their teaching styles was recorded and analysed by their fellow colleagues. They were also given advice how to improve their presentation style, based on the body language, the spoken words and the tone of the voice. At the end of the one week workshop an academic vision was projected for GUtech. Participants gave suggestions about their vision for the year 2015 – how the teaching, the student-lecture interaction and the overall study environment will look like. Due to the very positive feedback to the workshop, the university is planning to conduct a follow-up workshop next year.

GUtech students conduct study-trip to RWTH Aachen University in Germany

MUSCAT A group of Omani and international students of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) travelled to GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University in Germany last week. The annual study-trip has been conducted since 2009, its main aim is to introduce the students to life in Germany so that they experience the classroom situation at RWTH Aachen University. For most of the students it is the first trip to Germany. The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has awarded the students with study-scholarships. DAAD is one of the world’s largest and most respected intermediary organizations in the field of academic exchange. Every year the organization sponsors a large number of foreign and German academics worldwide. The GUtech students of different study-programmes had to apply with a letter of motivation that was followed by an interview.

The group students and two GUtech staff members study German at RWTH Aachen’s Language Centre in the mornings and in the afternoons they attend a university and cultural programme that includes sightseeing around Aachen and its countryside, to the Netherlands, to Belgium and other German cities like Cologne as well as an Omani evening for students and RWTH Aachen professors along with GUtech alumni and GUtech fly-in professors.

RWTH Aachen University is located in the centre of the city of Aachen. Currently more than 42,000 students are studying at RWTH Aachen University, which is one of the leading Universities of Technology in Europe. RWTH Aachen is a member of the prestigious IDEA league, a network of leading Universities of Technology in Europe. The Rector of RWTH Aachen University, Prof. Dr. Ernst Schmachtenberg is Head of the Board of Governors at GUtech.

GUtech offers German classes for BSc or BEng students. The university promotes study and research exchange with RWTH Aachen University and other universities in Europe.

GUtech welcomes all new students

German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) is pleased to congratulate all the students whom been accepted in GUtech, and to welcome them in their second home. Studying in GUtech is considered as a totally different milestone in your academic and career path, with its distinguished high quality curricula presented with innovative and interactive methods. GUtech is proud by the International accreditation of all it’s academic programmes being partnered with the prestigious Aachen University, its Eco friendly campus and the variety of facilities it offers for the students. We wish you all success. Kindly communicate with the Us on 80082222

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Students participate in International Architecture Summer Academy in Berlin

BERLIN/Germany. To develop their architectural and urban planning skills, a group of enthusiastic students and their professor from the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) participated recently in the International Architecture Summer Academy – ars 16 Berlin. Architecture students from New York City College (USA), Iowa State University (USA) and Beuth University of Applied Sciences and Technology in Berlin (Germany) participated in the one month summer academy that was held for the 16th time.

 

The German capital Berlin has been developing as a hub for international real estate investment in the past decade. The Summer Academy developed strategies to meet some short term and long term goals. “During different workshops special software for energy efficient designs were introduced and practiced. Moreover the students participated in field-trips to energy efficient buildings in Berlin, Hamburg and Dessau. This gave the students an insight about how these strategies could be implemented in projects that were already built. Further visits to architectural offices in Berlin gave the students an opportunity to understand what life of a professional architect could be,” said Prof. Alexander Kader, Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD) at GUtech. Various experts and professors also presented lectures, thus building up the knowledge of the students further. The students results were finally exhibited to the public at an art gallery in the center of Berlin.

 

The team of five GUtech students, one GUtech alumni and intern and their professor worked intensively on the design proposals for developing energy efficient buildings while filling a gap between buildings at two different sites in the city of Berlin. “Protecting the interior against the heat from the sun yet bringing in light to living spaces were major aims of our design proposals. One group worked with creating various angles with their roof to direct the sunlight to required spaces. Another group worked with creating an atrium in the centre of the building and installing a mirror system which would then reflect the light into various spaces of the building. Designing creative circulation spaces were also the aim of one of the student groups where they placed the circulation at the periphery of the entire structure therefore being able to create spaces between their building and the neighbour’s. These spaces further acted smartly like light vents to bring in light to usable rooms in the building” said Shaharin Annisa, GUtech alumni and intern at the UPAD department.

 

Apart from workshops, presentations and field-trips related to architecture, the students also learnt more about the history of Germany. “We got the chance to visit the Berlin Wall, a Concentration Camp Memorial Site, a police academy and various districts in Berlin. Moreover, we attended German classes two to three times per week at the university,” said Shaharin Annisa. In future, the UPAD department at GUtech might conduct a similar international workshop in Muscat.

GUtech Geosciences students conducted Geological study-excursion to Germany

BARKA The Department of Applied Geosciences (AGEO) at GUtech, recently conducted a two weeks international excursion to Germany with a group of 18 students and their professor and an assistant. The study-trip was part of the curricula, with its main goal to learn more about the geology of Germany and the regional development of a region. “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 as well as natural stones 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 gave the students an overview of topics that cannot be presented here in Oman,” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, who organized and headed the excursion along with his assistant.

In the second part of the excursion the students learnt more about the socio-economic development of a region, that developed from a coal mining region to a more diversified economy today. Throughout the excursion the group also visited the geological garden and the mining museum in Bochum. “During our visit to the mining museum the students got an impression about the coal-based economic rise of the Ruhr region,” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, who is specialized in mining sector. “Although coal mining will be closed in two years, the production of metals will continue with cheaper imported energy resources since the skills and know how is still there.”

The students visited different cities like Cologne, Bochum, Xanten, Krefeld and Aachen. At GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University, they had the opportunity to attend a lecture in the MSc programme in Applied Geosciences. A number of AGEO alumnis are currently studying in the MSc programme at RWTH Aachen University.

Workshop: Tourism & Green Economy – June 14th at GUtech

Please refer to the project website for more details.

The Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management, with the support of The Research Council and the Ministry of Tourism organizes tomorrow June 14, 2016 at 5 PM at GUtech Campus  a workshop on Tourism and the Green Economy: “an integrated approach to sustainable tourism development in Oman” to present the preliminary outcomes of the scoping study carried out by a team of researchers from GUtech headed by Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz acting dean of the faculty of Business and Economics and head of department.  This scoping study aims to identify the regulatory framework, the policies and incentives that aim to support the implementation of the sustainable tourism development in Oman in an integrated approach.  The researchers reviewed policies, laws, regulations, incentives and challenges that govern the implementation of sustainable principles in over 17 governmental and semi-governmental organisations via comprehensive stakeholders and opinion leaders’ consultations, including but not limited to Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Affairs, Ministry of Municipality and Water Resources, the Supreme Council for Planning, Ministry of Manpower and other authorities of relevance to the issue of sustainability in the tourism sector for example the Public Authority for Electricity and Water, Public Authority for Handicrafts Industries,  Reyada, Rafd Fund, Oman Development Bank, Information Technology Authority, Capital Market Authority, Oman Centre for Governance and Sustainability, Haya Waters and Be’eah.   The project focused on specific indicators that are relevant to three pillars of sustainability: water and energy consumption, waste management, employment of the local community and encouraging entrepreneurial initiatives. The goal of the project is to conduct a critical assessment of the existing environment enabling the implementation of sustainability in the tourism sector. The Importance of the tourism sector is its ability to deliver on many of the Global development Goals MDGs and the role of the National Committee of the Global MDG housed by the Supreme Council of Planning. The paradigm of integration is crucial for the study of sustainable tourism. In this study this paradigm will concern integration across the three pillars of sustainability namely, environment, economy and socio-cultural domain.  Integration will be approached from a destination perspective looking at how all components addressed above can be managed in a way that creates a sustainable destination where all environmental resources are managed carefully, where the community is involved and benefiting economically and where the culture is communicated responsibly to the tourists.

This project comes within the wider framework of adapting towards sustainable development and other projects like sustainable waste management, sustainable mountain management, and human resource management. The project also complements the TRC Eco-house project which can be a model for future sustainable tourism development projects.   The research project comes timely to provide an implementation framework for the Oman National Tourism Strategy 2040 where sustainability is one of its main axes. 

The research team:

Prof. Dr Heba Aziz: Research Project Leader, Professor of Sustainable Tourism, Head Department of Logistics, Tourism and Services Management, German University of Technology Oman. heba.aziz@gutech.edu.om

Dr. Corien Hoek, deputy project leader corien.hoek@gutech.edu.om

Ms Amjaad Al Hinai, MSc, Researcher: amjaad.alhinai@gutech.edu.om

Ms Magdalena Mustapic, MSc, Assistant Researcher: magdalena.mustapic@gutech.edu.om

AGEO students successful in competitions at the GEO 2016 in Bahrain

The 12th Middle East Geoscience Conference (GEO 2016) is held every two years in Bahrain’s International Exhibition and Convention Centre. It is an event that attracts participants from industry and academia. It has a strong focus on hydrocarbon geology, geophysics and regional geology of the Arabian Peninsula.

 

The GUtech conference presentation “Designing and Implementing Applied Geosciences Bachelor and Master Programs Tailored for the Gulf Region” by Wilfried Bauer, Michaela Bernecker, Bernhard Heim, Ekkehard Holzbecher and Wiekert Visser was well received, discussions with several young professionals and industry representatives showed an interest in the design of our planned Master program.

 

A group of six AGEO students attended the conference together with the GUtech staff Haifa Al Salmi, Wilfried Bauer, Michaela Bernecker and Wiekert Visser. The students were prepared and guided by the professors and the success in various competitions reflects that our BSc graduates can play in the top league of Geosciences in the Middle East.

 

The AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Imperial Barrel Award is a prospective basin evaluation contest for geoscience students around the world. The teams of many Universities analyze geological, geophysical, economic and production data in a real world scenario. The GUtech IBA team consisting of final year BSc students: Sabra, Ahlam, Jamla, Atiya and Harith received the bronze medals (3rd prize). The students were supported by GUtech and PDO staff in their challenging tasks.

 

Student Ahlam Al Jabri also received the Student Poster Award: 3rd prize. The poster “Variations of Oil API Gravity across the Sultanate of Oman” is the result of her PDO internship project in Geochemistry and is co-authored by Wiekert Visser and Mohammed al Ghammari (PDO).

 

Finally, three of our students Sabra, Ahlam and Al-Muhanna won the 1st prize in the on-site Geo-Quiz of EAGE (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers) and received a travel grant to visit the next EAGE convention in Vienna in May/June 2016.

UNICODE workshop to be held at GUtech in February

BARKA The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), located in Halban, will hold a special Unicode Workshop focusing on the Middle East, Africa, Central and South Asia between 14-16 February 2016. The Workshop is organized by GUtech and sponsored by The Research Council (TRC). A group of top-level computer scientists from Silicon Valley (US) and other countries will give presentations on the creation of Unicode for the internet.

Unicode has facilitated the transcription of different languages for the internet usage. “This tutorial workshop is a three-day event designed to familiarize the audience with Unicode and the concepts of internationalization. It is the first Unicode event in the Middle East and Asia,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy-Rector for Administration and Finance at GUtech.

Unicode provides a unique number for every character in the internet – no matter what the platform, no matter what the program, no matter what the language. Linguists, cultural experts from different countries and many others contributed to the success story of the internet Unicode. According to Lisa Moore, Vice President of Unicode, Unicode the code is developed by the worldwide internet community. It started in 1991 with 7000 characters, today Unicode has encoded more than 130,000 different elements of writing.

Throughout the three day workshop experts will give an insight into Unicode. Richard Ishida of W3C Internationalization Activity Lead will give a talk on the many unique characteristics of non-Latin writing systems, and illustrate the problems involved in implementing such scripts in products. His talk will not provide detailed coding advice, but provide the essential background information to understand the fundamental issues related to Unicode deployment, across a wide range of scripts. Unicode also created the bidirectional algorithms, so that the Arabic language can be transcribed into English characters.

Addison Phillips, the principal engineer and internationalization architect of Amazon.com will speak about internationalization and how to incorporate internationalization into the design, implementation, and delivery of a software product? Amazon.com’s internationalization architect demystifies it for you. This session provides an introduction to the topics of internationalization, localization and globalization.

 

For more information and registration please check out the website: www.unicode-oman.org