GUtech and Outward Bound Oman are conducting joint Life Skills Courses for Engineering students

HALBAN To enhance the student’s overall life skills, the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) and Outward Bound Oman (OBO) have jointly conducted a theoretical and practical course for twenty GUtech Engineering students. The main aim of the course is to develop to students’ personal and professional skills. ”Life skills courses have become a key parameter to prepare the students for their future work environment while achieving their highest level of performance. The Engineering Department has taken the opportunity to offer this special course to our students. While preparing them for their employment, we believe that such courses are very important in driving our graduates to achieve their goals and to be successful engineers in the future,” said Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Engineering Department.

A Collaborative Agreement (CA) was signed between GUtech and OBO in September last year. In the first part of the course, GUtech staff delivered the theory, whilst the OBO team organized the relevant field-based elements outside the university, during an excursion to Wadi Al Abyad. Throughout the seminar, key-life skills such as taking responsibility, active engagement in learning and work, creative thinking and problem solving, innovative thinking, leadership, time management, study attitude towards mistakes, planning, communication and teamwork skills were discussed. “The course helps students to enhance their future employment, as well as to equip them with vital project management skills,” said Ali Al-Humairi, Senior Lecturer in the Computer Science Department and the leading coordinator of the programme. “The main objective of the theoretical course is to provide students with basic employment skills like leadership, teamwork and work ethics,” said Prof. Dr. Ayham Al Rahawi from the Engineering Department who was responsible for the theoretical part.

“We are very glad to have partnered with GUtech and to conduct the first practical part of the course for their outstanding Engineering students. Our carefully designed course helped the students to be ready and willing to make a positive contribution to society, ensures they are exposed to the key life skills sought by leading employers in Oman, and to have a greater appreciation of the natural environment,” said Mark Evans, General Manager of OBO. OBO is a non-profit organisation that operates under the Ministry of Social Development. The company was founded in 2009, and further established by a Ministerial Decision in 2014.

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GUtech’s Engineering Club: Arrive & Drive Karting Event

On Tuesday 13th November, Dr. Thomas Lattimore, a lecturer of mechanical engineering at GUtech and supervisor of the Engineering Club, visited the Muscat Speedway Karting Circuit with 17 students, mostly from the engineering department, for an Arrive & Drive Karting Event. During the event, 8 of the students along with Dr. Thomas and Mr. Nabi Traore (Junior Intern in the Department), completed a 15 minute race, which was followed by another 15 minute race, with 13 of those students, along with Dr. Thomas and Mr. Nabi. Overall, the students found the event a very good break from their studies, giving them the time to socialize with other students from the engineering faculty, and other departments, and time to have fun doing something related to engineering outside of the classroom. This event was organized by Dr. Thomas Lattimore with the Executive Board of the Club (Chaudhry Taimoor Niaz, Sadiyah Manidhar, Taima Al Hashimi & Shadhan Al Rashdi). A similar event is planned for Tuesday 19th March.

GUtech celebrates staff and students – the Achievements Award Ceremony

HALBAN The GUtech Achievement Awards were celebrated  in the amphitheater of the university on Monday evening. As a guest of honor, Ali Al Habsi, captain of the Oman Football Team and goalkeeper of the Saudi Club Al-Hilal, distributed some awards to GUtech students.

“This year was an exceptional year. Today we are acknowledging the success story of GUtech students and staff members. We are proud of all of you. We wish you a successful future,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Vice-Rector for Administration and Finances at GUtech. The students were awarded in the following categories: Top study achievers, who had a GPA above 3.5 and those who have been participating in extra-curricular activities, such as student clubs, the Student Council, Student Advisory Council, students volunteering activities as well as those who were involved in various sports competitions. In addition, GUtech staff members who have been working at the university for four or 10 years were awarded as well as those who showed exceptional additional involvement in the university life.

OFA is conducting women’s youth football coaching course at GUtech

A women’s youth football coaching course is conducted by Connie Selby, OFA, in cooperation with GUtech-Sports Office from 14 to 17th February at GUtech. The course currently has 12 participants, mostly physical education teachers and students from Muscat, Ibri, Sur and Rustaq.

Total 6 students and staff of GUtech are joining the course.

Topics such as warm up, tactical skills development, defensive awareness, technique and skill development are part of the theoretical and practical session. The course will close on Wednesday and the participants will all receive a certificate.

Experiencing Tourism Studies at Sea

BARKA To promote intercultural communication and tourism studies in a ‘live tourism laboratory’, Professor Dr Nevenka Čavlek has initiated the International Tourism and Hospitality Academy at Sea (ITHAS) in Croatia in 2005.

As part of the series of Tuesday Tourism Talks (TTT) held at GUtech, Department of Logistics, Tourism and Service Management, Dr Nevenka Čavlek gave a public talk entitled “Experiential Learning for tourism education; the case of International Tourism and Hospitality Academy at Sea” on 15 December. Professor Dr Nevenka Čavlek is Head of the Postgraduate Studies in Tourism Management of the Faulty of Economics & Business, University of Zagreb in Croatia. The Tourism Department is part of the UNWTO Education Council and Dr Nevenka is also Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Acta Turistica, published twice per year.

„In Croatia tourism accounts nearly 20 % of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and today all business students at the Faculty of Economics & Business have to study a compulsory tourism course,“ said Dr Nevenka about the importance of tourism in her home country. „Prior to my work in academia, I worked in tourism,“ she said while adding that the idea to initiate a special programme for students to get first-hand experience in tourism, conducted outside the lecture hall and outside the traditional vocational training practices grew. „The uniqueness is that the programme differs from common practices. Our main goal was to create an exciting opportunity to travel and to study at the same time,“ she said.

In 2005 Dr Nevenka initiated the first 7-day intensive study module at sea in Croatia, entitled „Island Tourism Management“. Since then Dr Nevenka has organized various trips and under various topics, e.g. on cruise tourism on the river Danube, but also in Croatia and other topics along the Adriatic coast (Montenegro, Albania). „During sail students have lectures lead by well-known academics of the International Academy for the Study of Tourism. Last year we had 26 different nationalities on board. Between 80-130 students participate and are well selected in advance and according to their study achievements. The lecturers circulate and the students stay on board,“ she said. The programme combines real life experiences, reflective observation, abstract conceptualisation and they learn about the most important aspects by tourism by active experimentation. „At the end the students see tourism in a different light“ she said.

To find out more about the perception and expectations of the student participants. Dr. Nevenka together with Dr Charles Arcodia from the Griffith University in Australia has conducted research about the short and long-term expectations and experiences during that academy on sea; they applied two questionnaire surveys during and after the experiential learning trips. Their results show that the majority of students had a positive perception of the learning outcome after having participated in one of the academies. „We mix on purpose undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students and different nationalities, so that they all learn also from each other,“ she said. Professor Dr Heba Aziz confirmed: “The academy is a multicultural learning experience, So far we have had two groups a total of 18 students from the tourism department attending ITHAS and students rated this as one of the most enjoyable learning experiences they have had”.

Currently Universities in Finland, Slovenia, Germany and GUtech in Oman are partner universities of the annual tourism academy at sea. „GUtech students have been an asset to the programme“ said Dr Nevenka while explaining that they helped to overcome prejudices and create strong bonds. „At the end of the trip they have a different identity. They identify themselves by the group culture of the ship,“ she said. A number of tourism representatives attending the talk suggested to Dr. Nevenka to conduct the Tourism and Hospitality Academy at Sea here in Oman and in the region in the future.

 

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.