Innovative Business Projects presented

HALBAN An innovative logistics application, an online platform for freelance services, a ‘clinic on the go’, a medical service website ‘I care’ or an online destination management company for tourists visiting Oman, students of the Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management have displayed a large number of innovative projects of the ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course’ during an exhibition entitled “Fikra – The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started”, held in the university’s auditorium on Sunday. ‘Fikra’ is the Arabic word for ‘idea’. “I am extremely happy to see the various results of the course and I hope the students will continue working on their ideas and realize small businesses. The Omani Academy for Small and Medium Enterprises has also supported the course with lectures on idea creation and idea evaluation. Many student companies are already online. These ideas will be further discussed and we will continue to promote their final realization,” said Prof. Osman Barghouth, Head of the Department who supervised all the projects. Students were asked to create innovative ideas in three categories: websites, manufacturing and food & beverage businesses.

“It is great to see the enthusiasm of our students who developed their own ideas, their own concepts and the realization of the ideas. It is not only learning from the textbook but realizing a business project from beginning to end,” said Prof. Dr. Armin Eberlein, Deputy-Rector for Academic Affairs at GUtech.

Abeer Al Kharousi, Shurooq Al Busaidi and Shamsa Al Balushi created an online application for  renting out warehouse spaces. “We offer three services within one application. Our goal is to help warehouse owners advertise their renting services, to locate the best warehouse for traders, to satisfy their requirements, to work as third party to link buyers and sellers and to reduce the gap between the customers and the service providers,” said Nama Al Balushi while explaining their mobile application ‘Rent Me’.

Another business idea is “E-lancers”, an online platform that offers various small services and support for the local community in Oman like babysitting, tutoring, house cleaning and technical fixing and repairing. Another idea was presented by Ohood Al Hammadi, Mohammed Al Fazari, Fatema Al Riyami, Huda Al Jahwari and Hiba Al Waili. They presented their business idea on supporting and branding small and medium enterprises in Oman through online marketing, designing and consultation tools. The ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation Course’ aimed to introduce students to various aspects of entrepreneurship and starting their own businesses with a focus on the support of the Omani ecosystem for start-up companies. The course included finding new business ideas, linking creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, developing a business model, writing a business plan and presenting the final project to fellow students and professors.

(c) GUtech / Text & Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

 

Fostering creativity and entrepreneurship among GUtech students

HALBAN GUtech students of the Department of International Business and Service Management will display their results of the ‘Entrepreneurship and Innovation course’ during an exhibition entitled “Fikra – The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started” on Sunday, 5th of January. ‘Fikra’ is the Arabic word for ‘idea’. Throughout the course, students were asked to create innovative ideas for websites, manufacturing and for food & beverage businesses. “Our course aims to introduce students to various aspects of starting a business with a focus on the support of the Omani ecosystem for start-up companies. Our course includes finding innovative, new business ideas, linking creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, developing a business model, writing a business plan and presenting the final project to fellow students and professors,” said Prof. Dr. Osman Barghouth, Head of the Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management, who supervised the projects. The final presentation of their projects allows them to receive real feedback on their ideas. External guests from the Oman Academy of SMEs as well as from the local industry are invited to evaluate the student projects and to guide them to further develop their ideas. The exhibition will comprise three sections, divided according to a certain theme.

The student exhibition “Fikra – The Secret of Getting Ahead is Getting Started” is open to the general public and will run from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm on 5 January.

GUtech Commemorates 7th Anniversary of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Visit

The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) commemorated on Tuesday 24th December the 7th anniversary of the visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to its campus.

The 24th of December marks the private visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said to GUtech campus in Halban. The commemoration of the private visit of His Majesty is annually observed by GUtech community. Students and staff remember the day to reflect on the importance of the visit in GUtech’s history and on the vision of His Majesty the Sultan for Oman’s academic and research development.

In the late afternoon of December 24th, 2012, the founders of GUtech and members of the rectorate welcomed his majesty to GUtech campus and its facilities, few weeks only after its opening.

In visiting GUtech campus and meeting the founders and the rectorate, His Majesty confers upon it an unusual distinction. “We welcome His Majesty’s private visit to GUtech campus as a gracious expression of his trust in our university and a vital catalyser enticing us to work harder and faster for further progress” proudly declares Dr Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finance.

The significant and ever-lasting contributions His Majesty has made to Oman and to the lives of its people are universally known; not less impressive than the wise introduction of far-reaching reforms which has promoted the development of the education system, and the prosperity of the country in general.

As more as 3000 male and female students enrolled in the university in the last 12 years. More than 400 male and female students graduated from it while there are more than 2200 male and female students are currently pursuing their studies.

(c) GUtech/Text: Fatima El Madkouri

UN World Tourism Day – The Minister of Tourism visited GUtech

HALBAN On the occasion of the UN World Tourism Day entitled ‘Tourism and Jobs: A better Future for All’, the Faculty of Business and Economics at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has received H.E. Ahmed al Mehrazi, Minister of Tourism in Oman on its campus last Thursday. During the event that was held at the History of Science Centre, the Minister discussed various topics on tourism in Oman with GUtech students. The Minister spoke about the National Tourism Strategy 2040, the role of tourism festivals in marketing the Sultanate as well as cruise tourism and its potential for the Sultanate. Prof. Dr. Osman Barghouth, Head of the Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management presented the contribution of the tourism sector in creating employment opportunities especially for Omanis while contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This special event was open for GUtech students, staff and invitees from the academia and tourism destination management companies.

Each year, the World Tourism Day comes at the end of the high season in the northern hemisphere and the beginning of the season in the southern hemisphere, when tourism is on the minds of millions of people worldwide. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Tourism Day is celebrated to foster awareness on tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value and the contribution the tourism sector can make in reaching the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

(c) GUtech/Text & Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet and Fatma Al Balushi

 

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.

Meet the World! – Eco-tourism and responsible travelers – A student exhibition held at GUtech

HALBAN To learn more about managing tourist destinations worldwide, students from the Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management at GUtech have conducted a public exhibition entitled “Meet The World!” yesterday afternoon. The students from the second and third year of International Business and Service Management studied ‘International Destination Management” this semester. They presented different destinations such as Germany, Spain, France, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Qatar and Morocco while relating them to current trends and issues in destination management including brand management, crisis management, and sustainable tourism development in destinations.

Noor Al Hassani, Alya Al Riyami and Omar Al Harthy presented tourism in France on a poster along with serving some French food. France is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. As for the brand management, the students identified different images such as heritage tourism, wine tourism, adventure tourism, slow tourism and event tourism. “In 2018 around 82 million tourists visited the country. France is famous for its ecotourism and luxury tourism. I have visited France with my family a few years ago. I enjoyed the overall atmosphere in Paris. We visited the Louvre, the Champs Elysees and the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris. We also did a boat tour along the river Seine,” said Omar Al Harthy. He mentioned that especially ‘greener modes of transportation’ that produce less pollution could be promoted as well in Oman. He also liked the idea of introducing car sharing or public bicycle sharing. In their analysis of the tourist destination, the students mentioned an increase in eco-responsible accommodation projects which create awareness about the responsible use of energy and recycling.

Another group of students, Ahood Al Balushi, Maryam Al Ruzaiqi and Fatma Alwadhahi presented the destination Spain on a poster and through home-made Spanish sweets. In their small research project the students realized many similarities between Spain and the Sultanate of Oman. For example, Spain is facing increasing desertification and on the other hand the country is trying to attract tourists who are respectful and aware of environmental challenges facing destinations worldwide. “Tourism in Spain is becoming more sustainable. The sector is implementing measures to reduce energy, waste and overall more care for the environment. There is a growing interest in a “0 kilometer gastronomy” with locally produced ingredients,” said Ahood Al Balushi. The students also liked the idea of ecotourism, being implemented in different National Parks such as the Sierra Nevada National Park, which offers adventure and sports tourism. “I like the idea of implementing a crowd control system through prior online booking. This could help avoid congestions in museums or at popular heritage sites,” said Fatma Alwadhani.

(c) GUtech/ Photo & Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet

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.

“An Evening of Opportunities and Appreciation” – IBSM students organize an event at the Kempinski Muscat

HALBAN Under the patronage of H.E. Eng. Salim Mohammed Al Naimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport and Communication, an ‘Evening of Opportunities and Appreciation’, organized by third year students studying Event Management at the Faculty of Business and Economics at the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) will be held at Kempinsiki Hotel Muscat tomorrow evening. Aimen Al Hosni, CEO of Oman Airports Management Company, will be present a keynote speech on the role of airports in realising Oman’s 2040 vision.

Dr. Heba Aziz, Dean of the Daculty of the Business and Economics, comments on this event: “I am proud of the efforts of the students in less than eight weeks they put together an impressive event; the organisation of the event and the event itself demonstrate GUtech’s commitment to bridge the gap between academic education and the business sector.” This year the students have chosen an event to recognise the efforts of the business sector in Oman, both public and private, for the opportunities that they create for the students and which complement their overall learning experience. Over seventy companies in the business sector have received students for their twelve weeks internship program, an industrial project – a consultancy project for the logistics sector, field trips and guest lectures.

The students’ event comes in fulfilment of the requirement for their module in event management where the students are supposed to organise an event with all its components logistics, finance, communication and programmein addition to passing and studying a theoretical component. Students were very successful in securing the sponsorship of two of the main business partners Kempinski the Wave and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). The two organisations have been extremely supportive to the activities of the department’s academic and students activities.

The Faculty of Business and Economics currently offers two programmes of studies one in Logistics and the other in Business and Tourism. The faculty will launch its MBA programmes in October 2019. The event will take place at the Kempinski Muscat on 1 May, at 7 PM.

GUtech and Vienna University of Economics and Business launch a double degree MBA programme

HALBAN The German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) has launched a part-time double-degree MBA programme in cooperation with Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) in Austria. The study-programme will start this year. “The MBA programme came to complement the undergraduate programmes that we are currently offering and to fill a gap in the post graduate market in Oman,” said Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at GUtech and Academic Director of the newly launched MBA programme.

Established in 1898 and founded as the Imperial Transport University, Vienna University of Economics and Business is one of the largest and leading business universities in Europe. The university has a well-established, very international student and academic body. “International mobility of faculty and students is part of our institution. Working on an educational level together with Oman will enhance our cooperation on a business level as well,” said Prof. Dr. Barbara Stöttinger, Dean of Vienna University of Economics and Business, the WU Executive Academy. The MBA will cover general management topics such as entrepreneurship, finance, marketing and logistics. “The MBA has been designed for students who have demanding full-time jobs and are in managerial positions. We are looking forward to linking the Omani society and GUtech with Austria and enable the MBA students to study a modul at our university. GUtech is planning to offer the MBA on part-time over a period of 18 months; modules will be taught four days a week from Thursday to Sunday. The MBA will offer specialisations in the fields of logistics, tourism and entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Astrid Kleinhanns-Rollé, Managing Director of the WU Executive Academy.

For further details please contact GUtech: admissions@gutech.edu.om

 

Tourism Management students from Germany visited GUtech

HALBAN A group of 44 students and their professors from Tourism Management Departments of the Cologne Business School (CBS) and the University of Applied Sciences in Stralsund (HOST) in Germany visited GUtech. Students and staff members of the Department International Business Management (IBSM) welcomed the group. During the joint programme at GUtech, the students presented their study-programmes and the locations of each university as well as tourism in Germany and in Oman. The programme also included ice-breaker activities in small groups, a campus tour and a student photo exhibition.

Professor Dr. Heba Aziz, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics stressed in her speech that the cooperation between GUtech and the University of Applied Sciences in Stralsund was the first cooperation of the department established in 2011. Since then several Omani students have studied at HOST. In exchange GUtech offers internships for one semester for Master’s students or a semester in the Bachelor of International Business and Service Management. “I would like to conduct an internship at GUtech and to be involved in research,” said Kristin Beyeler, who is currently studying in her 1st semester, MA Tourism Development Strategies at HOST. Alexandra Flimm, CBS student in the Bachelor of International Tourism Management said that the Omani students are very open-minded and welcoming and that she would like to study one semester at GUtech. “Our excursion to Oman offers an intercultural experience with visits of the university and different companies as well as field-trips around the country,” said Prof. Dr. Volker Rundshagen, Head of General Management, Leisure and Tourism Management at HOST. “The visit to GUtech enhances our cooperation and the exchange of students and staff between both universities,” stressed Steffi Schnierer, Programme Manager and Lecturer at HOST. Dr. Desmond Wee, Dean and Professor for Tourism Management at CBS said that he would like to invite GUtech students to participate in an upcoming five-day international project seminar, a ‘Hotel Placement Simulation’, where students will learn how to set-up a hotel in an interactive environment along with other students from Estonia, UK and Belgium. “Before establishing a hotel, it is important to think about the cultural, social and environmental sustainability of the project,” he said.

For many students from Germany, it is their first travel to the Arabian Peninsula. “This excursion is my first travel outside Europe. In future, during the 5th semester, I would like to study for one semester in Mexico, Peru or in Argentine. After my studies I would like to work on a cruise liner,” said Emilio Anzini, who studies a BA Intercultural Tourism Management at CBS.

Around 1,400 students from 75 countries are studying at CBS in Cologne that was founded in 1993. The university is embedded in a large network of partnerships with around 100 universities all over the world and numerous international companies. At HOST which is located in the far North of Germany, on the Baltic coast, 2,200 students from around the world are studying in 27 programmes. HOST has international cooperations with universities in Cyprus, Sweden, Turkey, Italy, France and Bali. As a study incentive for international students, the city of Stralsund offers 150 Euros to each student at the beginning of their studies, said Ammar Saeb, who studies in the Master’s programme Tourism Development Strategies at HOST.

Caption: Group photo with students and professors from CBS and HOST along with GUtech professors and students

(c) GUtech / Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet