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.

(c) GUtech

The Dean’s List Award Ceremony – 55 students awarded

HALBAN The Dean’s List Award Ceremony was held in the large GUtech amphitheatre to celebrate the achievements of 55 GUtech students and to commemorate the 6th anniversary of His Majesty’s visit to the university. “We only recently introduced the Dean’s List as a way to recognize outstanding academic achievements. The Dean’s List is a very enviable accomplishment that is only given to our top students” said Prof. Dr. Armin Eberlein, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs.

The criteria for the award were an outstanding academic achievement, the top 10% of the students, a minimum GPA of 3.5, registered for a minimum of 25 credit points, no incomplete or failing grades, no disciplinary written warning letters and an IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Dr. Armin congratulated the students along with the Head of each academic Department. “You should be proud of the award. You worked hard, attended many lectures, and in addition spent many hours studying on your own or in groups. And it paid off. Your efforts were worth it. However, efforts alone are not sufficient to get on the Dean’s List. You also need to have the intellectual abilities that are needed for this distinction. You need to have the skills to work through complexities, solve problems, find solutions and communicate them well. Today you are being recognized for this combination of your efforts and your skills,” said Dr. Armin. Moreover, the Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs stressed that the university commemorates the 6th anniversary of the visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said to GUtech. On the 24th of December His Majesty honoured the university with a special private visit. “We are proud of His Majesty’s recognition of our achievements. It shows how His Majesty values us as individuals, our university, our educational ethos, and the benefits that we as an institution bring to the country of Oman. Ultimately, it is through you, our students that GUtech contributes to Oman. You get a superb education here at GUtech. In a few years when you join the workforce, you will be the ones who add value to the Omani economy. And this is what makes me proud of being part of GUtech. It allows me to not only educate individuals for the sake of getting a degree, but I can help develop the future leaders of Oman. This is a real privilege,” said Dr. Armin Eberlein. Many GUtech students and friends attended the ceremony. Finally one GUtech student mentioned that this award ceremony serves as a motivational event for other students to study hard in order to be part of the list next year.

(c) GUtech: Text Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: Fatma Al Balushi

The following GUtech students were awarded for their outstanding achievements:

Majd Al Kayyal
Murooj Mohammed Al Busaidi
Mohammed Salim Al Haddabi
Jawaher Said Al Ghadani
Maram Mudather Mohamed
Maha Surur Al Busaidi
Halayel Ahmed Al Saadi
Aisha Salim Al Balushi
Arwa Saud Al Zadjali
Firdaus Nabil Al Barwani
Reem Said Al Mushikhi
Mohamed Saleh Al Alawi
Shadhan Hamood Al Rashdi
Sara Haroon Al Bartamani
Loay Imad Al Lawati
Husam Yaqoob Al Siyabi
Khamis Hassan
Fatma Fuad El Sheibany
Zoudat Mohamed Al Aufi
Ahmed Juma Abdulla
Khuzama Salim Al Shezawi
Badria Humuod Al Mauly
AL Ghaith Ali Al Ghaithi
Anwar Rashid AL Hajri
Fatema Nour Al Din Al Farsi
Belqees Ali Al Hinaai
Riyan Yahya Al Wahshi
Sara Tariq Al Bulushi
Maisa Mohammed Al Hinai
Lora Awadh Al Alawi
Maryam Abdul Razzaq Al Raisi
Haitham Anwar Al Rawas
Taif Mohamed Al Kindi
Eilaf Khalid Al Busaidi
Marah Khalfan Al Aufi
Abir Talib Al Kharusi
Ghazalah Nabi Baksh Al Balushi
Shurooq Mohammed Al Busaidi
Nama Yousuf Al Bulushi
Manaf Mohamed Al Raisi
Alaa Mohsin Al Ajmi
Fatema Jamal Al Busaidi
Sanad Sulaiman Al Rawahi
Mallak Yousuf Al Senani
Shaima Hilal Al Jahwari
Fatma Mohammed Al Farsi
Noorin Adil Al Busaidi
Fatma Ali Al Barwani
Ammar Abdulhameed Al Kiyumi
Sara Hamood Al Naamani
Melika Naderi
Juhaina Abdullah Al Salmi
Qatr Al Nada Abdul Rahman Al Hinai
Samahram Is’haq Al Hashli
Melina Naderi

 

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.

IDG-Middle East runs a pilot session on ‘personal development and leadership’ for GUtech students

IDG – Middle East Offers

Recently, twenty GUtech students benefited from a pilot session on “personal development & leadership”. The pilot session was delivered by Mr. Robert Biemans and Ms. Maryam Al Bakri from Inspirational Development Group Middle East (IDG – Middle East), a member of Inspirational Development Group (IDG).

IDG – Middle East focuses on leadership development, work ethics, team building and youth development. Their programmes are centred on people and are tailored around organisations’ needs, in particular leadership development and its impact on business performance.

The pilot session introduced participants to activities that support leadership team’s development by providing situations where much needed skills can be identified and practised. Students were presented with tasks that required them to collaborate. “The tasks helped me realise the importance of communicating with and listening to others when working within a team.” Commented the student Nibras Al Hadhrami, Applied Geosciences student.

Students were so engrossed in the task. “They were not aware of the strengths and weaknesses of each other and they overlooked the importance of presenting their results.” Pointed Ms. Heiderose Mooseen, TSSC Manager. IDG team took students through the process of acquiring knowledge and skills from direct experiences when they had to tackle tasks at hand. This process is at the core of experiential learning which requires feedback on results and reflection on behaviour.

Inspirational Development Group (IDG) has delivered solutions in 47 countries, with a most desirable list of high achieving individuals & organisations including: HSBC, Legal & General, Barclays, Absa, Standard Chartered Bank, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Zurich, BAE Systems, Petroleum Development Oman, British Telecomms, Credit Suisse, Faurecia, JP Morgan, Lloyds Banking Group, Saudi Arabia Ministry of Labour, Shell, Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development & others.

“Making Clever Minds Active” – Football and Basketball Tournaments held

To connect with each other, between students and staff members and to enhance their overall well-being, GUtech has launched a series of Tuesday sports outdoors and indoors competitions. After having held table tennis and badminton competitions recently, a total of 96 students and staff participated in the Football 6aside competition and 14 participated in the Basketball 3on3 indoor games last week. Therefore, opening up the brand new grass football field in front of the GUtech campus building. Two matches were held at the same time and the competition was sponsored by Strabag Oman. In addition two referees from Oman Football Association (OFA) participated in the games.

“In times when everybody is connected via social media, physical sports activities are important to improve the overall well-being and to connect with each other. While playing students and staff have to communicate and engage with each other on the field,” said Gunhild Pfaff, manager of the Sports office at GUtech.

“For playing 6aside you have to be quick and fast,” said Ghassan Al Shaaili, Foundation Year student in Engineering who is a member of the GUtech futsal team. He does sports every day along with family members or friends. I go to the gym in the mornings and throughout the day I like to play badminton, table tennis, or beach volleyball. Sports make a person fitter and healthier,” he said while adding, that he has to carefully manage the time for sports and studies. “Outside the university I like to play football with friends on the beach or on an artificial grass field,” said Amar Dahir, 1st semester Process Engineering at GUtech. He and his team were successful during the matches. To continue throughout summer indoor competition for Women and men like futsal, table tennis and dancing are planned.

 

The winning teams were:

Football competition:

  1. Place: Libya: Marwan Al Mahrouqi, Saleh Al-abadi, Atallah Kubas, Amur Al Wahaibi, Ali Al Hajri, Abdulaziz Al Ma’amari, Anas El Bera and Sanad Al Harthi
  2. Place: Black star: Musaab Amer, Said Al Harthi, Mazin Al houti, Hassan Al sahlani, Abdullah Al Rawahi, Mohammed al Busaidi, Mansoor al Kindi and Laith Saeed AlKharusi
  3. Place: Escobar: Al Mahanad al Ghafri, Sultan al Karosi, Haitham al Waaili, Qusai al Hajri, Al Yagdhan, and Qabas Al-Khusaibi

 

Basketball competition:

Ammar Al Aghbari, Said Al Ofi and Tim Reisdorf claimed the win of the tournament over Ferdinand Marcelo, Omai Albalushi, and Chaudhry Taimoor Niaz.

Third place was earned by Ali Mansuri’s team with Baha Al Kahlawi and Mohammed Mansuri.

 

 

Students present their videos in German

Thirty-two groups of students from GUtech have presented their projects on “German Celebrations throughout the year” on Tuesday afternoon to the public. On the sidelines GUtech staff members and students were invited to taste Christmas cookies and cake. “The aim of the project is to work in a group and to use basic vocabulary to describe German festivals by applying it for example to a theatre play, a short movie, a newscast, a shadow-play or a comic. Most of the groups decided to produce a video of their projects at GUtech or in their home environment,” said Andrea Cornelissen, DAAD Representative and German lecturer at GUtech. Cornelissen and her colleagues of the German Department gave the students various suggestions, regarding religious holidays or more secular ones like the German National Day celebrated on the 3rd of October each year to commemorate the German Reunification.

Several groups created a film about the German National Day. The students did not have a lot of time to realize the movie. “We realized the project in between our assignments. To get some background information we interviewed GUtech interns who are from Germany. They told us about the history of the reunification,“ said Atheel Al Fouri, 4rd semester student in BEng Environmental Engineering. “For us German is not a difficult language, since it is close to English. I can understand more than I can speak,” she said. Her friend Thikra Al Harrassi, BEng Environmental Engineering enjoys studying German at GUtech. “It’s a beautiful language. We would like to practice more,” she said. Both students are looking forward to attend an Engineering laboratory course at GUtech’s partner-university RWTH Aachen in Germany in the 7th semester of their study programme.

At GUtech German is taught as a second language, since English is the language of teaching. All students study German for 3 semesters within their Bachelor programmes. The goal is to acquire a basic level of communication in German, including conversations while traveling within the country. For everyday use, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland German is the official language and it is necessary for foreigners to know its basics.

 

5th Graduation Ceremony held

The 5th Graduation Ceremony was held at GUtech on Sunday evening, 11th December. A total of 69 Omani and Non-Omani graduates, 42 females and 27 males, were celebrated during an official ceremony held in the auditorium of the campus in Barka. The ceremony was held in the presence of members of the Majlis Al Dowla and Majlis Al Shura as well as members of the Board of Governors of GUtech and other dignitaries, GUtech staff members and families of the graduates. The Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Michael Modigell, encouraged the students to search for jobs that are in harmony with their personalities “Only then you will be successful. Do not work just for money and do not stop learning,” he advised the students.

The students graduated from Bachelor of Science programmes in Urban Planning and Architectural Design, Applied Geosciences, Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development as well as Bachelor of Engineering programmes in Process Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Most of the graduates have found jobs in the private and government sector.

GUtech Programming Team wins Gulf title

A GUtech team named ‘GUtech Eagles’ has won the title of ‘Gulf Champions’ during the 2016 Arab Collegiate Programming Contest (ACPC) held in Egypt. The programming team was the most successful among other GCC teams. The contest was sponsored by IBM.

The GUtech team included Prof. Dr. Rudolf Fleischer of the Department of Computer Science (Coach) as well as Abir Al-Ansari (Contestant), Neeraj Krishnan Gopikrishnan (Contestant) and Maram Mohamad (Contestant).

GUtech celebrated the Omani Women’s Day

BARKA Under the auspices of H.H. Sayyida Basma Fakhri Al Said, students and staff of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) celebrated the Omani Women’s Day on campus last week. Many female students gathered in the university’s research hall, where H.H. Sayyida Basma inspired the students to follow their own dreams, to be self-motivated and to focus on their studies. Her motivational speech was followed by a student theatre play in Arabic, a fashion show showcasing colourful Omani dresses with elaborate designs, a taekwondo show and a recitation of Omani poetry. Moreover, an Omani mountaineer and the first Omani shoe designer shared their experiences. Outside the hall a number of students from GUtech and other universities had displayed their business ideas in small stalls with food items, including handmade ice cream and other sweets. Traditional palm frond handicrafts from Rustaq was also on display.

Furthermore, six Zumba instructors created an energetic atmosphere in the GUtech sports hall and inspired the students get moving. The Omani Women’s Day has been celebrated every year since 2010. The event was organised by the Department of Student Affairs at GUtech.

GUtech students celebrated an Omani Night at RWTH Aachen University

AACHEN / GERMANY Omani and international students from GUtech recently organized an Omani cultural night at RWTH Aachen University, GUtech’s partner-university in Germany. The Omani Night was part of the students’ study-excursion to Aachen, organized annually by GUtech and sponsored by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). During the trip the students learn the German language and familiarize with the RWTH Aachen University, the professors and their departments.

“Through emails and social media we invited the international student community. The group of Omani students gave a presentation about the geography and the history of Oman including its trading routs. They also explained the Omani food, the traditional dresses, the educational system and the natural hospitality of the Omani people. It was a marvellous event. All guests were very happy. We interacted with multicultural students on this night and we also invited our interns who already visited GUtech in last years,” said Imran Bhatti, GUtech lecturer in the GUBridge / Foundation Programme. The students also invited a group of BSC Logistics students of GUtech who were also on a study trip to Germany. “We are very thankful to the international office of RWTH Aachen, especially Fouzia Alizai and Hassan Aljalloud, who gave us their full support. I believe that the students of Aachen remember this event for a long period of time as a mile stone in their life which make a strong bonding between Oman and Germany friendship,” said Imran.

Each year a number of GUtech graduates decide to continue their MSc studies at RWTH Aachen University, e.g. in Urban Planning and Architecture, Computer Sciences, Engineering and in Geosciences. GUtech offers five BSc and three BEng programmes. The university was established in 2006 in Muscat. During the summer semester 2016 a total of 1262 students studied at GUtech.