Meet the World! – A public event to be held on 9 June

HALBAN The Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management at GUtech cordially invites you to a public event entitled: “Meet The World!” on Sunday, 9 June, between 13:00-17:00 at GUtech. Students from the second and third year studying ‘International Destination Management” will present different destinations from around the world, such as India, Thailand, Morocco, Germany while relating them to the most current destination management trends and issues including brand management, crisis management, and sustainable development in destinations.

The students invite the general public to come to GUtech and “Meet the World”, learn more about different destinations, while tasting food and getting to know different cultures from around the world.

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

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Students from Marmara University visited GUtech

HALBAN A group of students from Marmara University in Istanbul (Turkey), visited GUtech’s Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD) recently. The Turkish students are currently studying at SQU for one semester. The visit follows a recent architectural field-trip of GUtech students to Turkey. „To strengthen the ties between Turkey and Oman, the Turkish Ambassador H.E. Ayse Sözen Usluer has invited our UPAD students for a gathering in their Residence recently,“ said Ercan Ağırbaş, Associate Professor at GUtech.

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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.

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‘Ports and Trans-Ports in the Indian Ocean’ – An International Workshop and a Field-Excursion / MoU signed with Sindh University

HALBAN The “International Start-Up Workshop Ports and Trans-Ports. Evolution and Revolution(s) in the Indian Ocean World” exploring historical and contemporary networks and mobility on sea and on land within the Indian Ocean was held at GUtech recently. The workshop was organized by the Research Centre Indian Ocean (RIO) in cooperation with Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany), the Max Plank Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany), Sindh University (Pakistan) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). A large number of international scholars from various universities in Europe, the Middle East and Asia were participating in the three-day workshop and a field-excursion.

On the sidelines of the conference held at the History of Science Center at GUtech, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between GUtech and the University of Sindh, Jamshoro (Pakistan) in order to promote and encourage scientific research and academic collaboration in various fields. The MoU was signed by both the Rectors and by Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen (RIO – Research Center Indian Ocean) and Prof. Sarfraz Hussain Solangi (CIVIS – Center for Indus Valley Integrated Studies). Different Memoranda of Understanding with the Universities of Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Aga Khan University in London are under preparation.

The field-excursion of the conference was headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen, who is an archaeologist and the Founding-Rector of GUtech. The five day excursion included historical archaeological sites like Qalhat, Bibi Maryam Tomb and Duqum with its modern port developments, followed by Salalah, Khor Rori and the ancient frankincense port of Al Baleed. Sumharam (Khor Rori) and Al Baleed are one of the oldest historical sites in Oman, showcasing the rich maritime history and links within the Indian Ocean. Together with the “Land of Frankincense” Wadi Dokar and both the sides have been listed as one of Oman´s UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2000 as well as the ancient port of Qalhat in 2018.

Prof. Dr. Michael Jansen, Director of RIO, explained that first interregional networks developed between the Indus Valley, Mesopotamia and Oman in the Third Millennium. Other networks developed along the river Nile, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. Later on, many more networks developed out of which the Roman network connected the Roman Empire via the Red Sea to India, and Malakka to China.

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Current Situation and Future Direction of Mineral Resources Education in Oman discussed during the Oman Mining Expo

During the Oman Mining Expo 2019 which is currently held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences at GUtech and Prof Dr. Frank Mattern from Sultan Qaboos University gave a presentation entitled: ‘Current Situation and Future Direction of the Mineral Resources Education in Oman’.

“With a growing mineral resources industry in Oman the demand for well-trained graduates and post-graduates in the field of geosciences will increase over the next years” said Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer. Therefore, applied geoscientists play a key role through the lifetime of a mining project that can take up to 20 years. Graduates in Applied Geosciences as well as specialist in Economic Geology, Geophysics, Geochemistry, and Geoengineering will have ample opportunities in the mining sector.

Over the next 5 years, approximately 70-80 graduates will graduate from both universities in Oman each year. According to internal surveys conducted at GUtech , up to 30% of these graduates consider continuing with Master studies abroad or in Oman. However, this number strongly depends on the availability of financial support for Master degrees. In countries with a developed mining industry, e.g. in the United States, the ratio between academically trained workforce in the mineral industry is 1 PhD-holder versus 2.2 Masters versus 6.5 Bachelor graduates. Taking into consideration that Oman’s basement is still underexplored, it is recommended that a high number of post-graduates can adjust standard mining methods and develop exploration programmes in largely greenfield settings.

“From a higher education perspective, a lack of mining engineers has been identified. This could be a bottleneck for future developments of the industry. During the last years, global employment rates of mining engineers were above 95%  which means there are limited open job opportunities on the global job market. From the side of the job seekers, Omani graduates are currently focusing on jobs in the oil and gas industry. It will be a challenge to create more interest in jobs in the mineral industry and attract the brightest minds” said Prof. Wilfried Bauer.

Currently only two higher education institutions in Oman, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), provide advanced education for the mining industry. The education in the mineral resource sector covers principal courses in Mineralogy, Mineral Resources and Mineral Exploration at the bachelor level. Courses in Ore Mineralogy, Orebody Modelling, Mineral Production & Processing are part of a recently introduced or running Master curricula at GUtech.

The objective of the two-day mining conference is to provide a venue for the industry as well as regulators to discuss various issues and challenges as well as to explore emerging opportunities and latest developments in Oman’s mining and minerals sector.

 

GUtech Held Triple Accredited MBA Information Session

HALBAN The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) hosted a general information session on its new Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme recently. Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), the partner-university for the MBA programme, is one of the largest and leading business universities in Europe. The university was established in 1898 and founded as the Imperial Transport University.

“Our unique GUtech-WU MBA programme has a triple international accreditation from the most sought-after international accreditations: AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS. The 18 months programme will offer a double degree from GUtech and the prestigious Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in Austria. Our programme is suitable for professionals with at least three years of work experience who would like to enhance their management skills,” said Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at GUtech while adding that only 10 per cent of the MBA programmes worldwide have a triple accreditation. The majority of the joint MBA programme, 75 per cent, will be taught by academics from the University of Vienna and 25 per cent by GUtech academics. “The programme offers specialisations in International Tourism, Entrepreneurship and in Logistics. To complete the MBA a total of 90 credit points are required and the majority of the class-work will be conducted in teams,” said Prof. Heba Aziz. The programme will be taught in a so-called 3-tier modular structure through GUtech’s e-learning platform. Entry requirements include IELTS 6.0 but language proficiency could be checked during admission interviews. The Bachelor degrees have to be recognised in Oman and in Austria. Prior to acceptance of the application, all candidates will undergo an interview with GUtech and WU academics who teach in the MBA programme. “Having worked in the private sector in Oman for several years, I would like to enhance my overall career opportunities and my management skills,” said one of the participants in the session.

Scholarships are also available. The first 25 applicants will receive a discount of 30 per cent. In addition, Bank Muscat offers the ‘Shahadati Educational Loan’, covering the tuition fees and other study-expenses. The educational loan will be based on the applicants’ monthly salary. Admissions for October 2019 intake are open till 15 August. More information about the courses and tuition fees are available at https://www.gutech.edu.om/academic/business-economics/master-business-administration/.

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World Water Day ce“We need to stop wasting water. The amount of fresh water is decreasing”

HALBAN Under the auspices of H.E. Ali Bin Mohammed Al-Abri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources, the World Water Day was celebrated at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). During the event Eng. Salim Al Khanbashi from the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources spoke about the projects of the Ministry and its achievements in protecting Oman’s natural water resources including the falaj system.

During an exhibition outside the GUtech Research Hall, a number of high school students from different schools showcased their thoughts and inventions which were then discussed within a panel of GUtech professors from the Department of Environmental Engineering and Applied Geosciences. For example, Tariq from Mohammed Bin Sheikha School showed his thoughts about the use of grey water in agriculture and for power generation.

“The amount of fresh water is decreasing. We need to stop wasting water,” said Umme Habiba, from the Bangladeshi School while thinking about the use of water in homes as well as in industries. Thinking about the development of desalination plants to increase the water consumption, she is concerned that desalination plants dump the remaining salt into the sea, which then harms the natural environment. In her everyday lives at home, she and her friends try to save water. Saving rain water in a tank and using it for irrigation and agriculture was another student project. The students also addressed climate change and its effect on water resources worldwide.

“Global warming is increasing worldwide. We need cleaner solutions for our planet,” said another female student from the Bangladeshi School Muscat. In her project she highlighted that hydroelectricity can be a cleaner source of energy, compared to nuclear power, fossil fuel or coal. A theatre play by GUtech theatre group presented the negative consequences of disposing plastic in the natural environment.

 

 

Germany in Sketches: A Visual Journey by Omani Students – An Exhibition on 9 April

An exhibition at the German Embassy in Muscat

MUSCAT A sketchbook is a common possession for architecture students worldwide. The Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD) of GUtech will showcase a large number of student works at the German Embassy in Muscat on the 9th April 2019 at 2 pm.

In November last year, a group of twelve UPAD students and Prof. Gazmend Kalemi conducted a field-trip in collaboration with Beuth University in Berlin and RWTH Aachen University, GUtech’s partner university in Germany. The study tour was sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). “Drawing is a vibrant way of engaging with people and our natural and built environment. During the excursion, we followed the long tradition of travelers attempting to capture different places and atmospheres with their pencils and sketchbooks, collecting visual experiences and to bring them back to their home countries,” said Prof. Gazmend Kalemi, who initiated and supervised the two-week field trip. He added that the importance of advanced design software cannot be denied, but so-called free-hand drawings are essential to understand the environment. “While drawing, we spend considerable time in the physical field to enhance our perception and memory. Drawing involves internalising the object, feeling it in our being and starting a dialogue with it. It is, of course, a way of thinking with the hand,” said Prof. Gazmend.

Appreciating the students’ and professors’ efforts, the German Ambassador to Oman, Thomas Schneider, emphasized the vivid partnership between Germany and Oman: “Not only does our Embassy building itself stand as an example of a successful Omani-German partnership in the field of architecture – projects such as the exchanges  between GUtech und RWTH Aachen contribute to lasting, lively relations between people as well as between institutions”.

The students’ first destination was Berlin, Germany’s capital, located in the north-east of Germany, with a population of 3.6 million inhabitants. “Berlin is well-known for its rich history and architecture. It is a treasure to observe and draw. The arts scene and its diversity are significant and a magnet for young people,” said Prof. Gazmend. The group visited various historical sites, where they experienced how the old meets the new architecture, such as Alexanderplatz, Museumsinsel and Reichstag. The group also worked together with students from Beuth University. In spring 2016 students from Berlin, supervised by Prof. Gerd Sedelies, had visited GUtech and various sites in Oman producing beautiful sketches. “Now we have spent time working together and exchanging our experiences in Berlin. Another highlight was an invitation to Oman’s Embassy in Berlin where we enjoyed Omani hospitality and generosity. At RWTH Aachen University we worked intensively on a small urban design project, experiencing the morphology and the urban identity of the city and its surroundings, which is very different from Muscat. Of course, for Omani students the diversity in culture, people and life in Germany and in Europe was a new and challenging experience. I think after this trip Germany and European culture will be viewed differently by our students and this will reward them both on a personal as well as a professional level” said Prof. Gazmend Kalemi.

The students and Prof Gazmend extend their thanks to the German Embassy in Muscat for showing their sketches at the Embassy. They are also grateful that the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provided them with the opportunity of a memorable drawing and sketching experience.

If you wish to attend the opening of the exhibition on 9 April, please register by e-mail to L-vz1@mask.diplo.de or by phone call to 2469 1218 ext. 819 with your name, e-mail address and/or mobile number.

 

(c) Text & Photo GUtech: Prof. Gazmend Kalemi and Dr. Manuela Gutberlet