Five unique Master’s programmes launched

MUSCAT Under the auspices of H.E. Eng. Mohsen bin Mohammed Al Sheikh, Chairman of Muscat Municipality, five Master’s programmes were launched at the Crown Plaza Hotel Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat yesterday evening. A number of dignitaries and representatives of different industries and ministries in Oman attended the event as well as GUtech alumnis and GUtech employees. “We wish to educate students that are not only experts in their fields but responsible and creative thinkers who will shape the future of Oman and the region,” said Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech in his speech. The five Master’s programmes were designed in collaboration with GUtech’s partner-university, RWTH Aachen University. All Master’s programmes have received the approval of the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman. The Master’s programmes include ample practical insights through internships and practical projects, for example at RWTH Aachen University (Germany), the University of Brescia (Italy) or at the University of Vienna (Austria).

The new Master of Business Administration (MBA) will offer a double degree from GUtech and the prestigious Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). The programme was introduced by Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz, Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at GUtech. It supports Oman’s national strategy to encourage entrepreneurship, logistics and tourism. “The programme aims at professionals with at least three years of professional experience. We hope to attract many students from the region. 75 per cent of the MBA programme will be taught by academics from the University of Vienna,” said Prof. Heba Aziz.

The new MSc in Architecture and Urban Planning is a unique programme in Oman and in the region. “The main challenges for the region are to design quality public spaces and to cope with the rapid urbanization. In our programme we wish to create links between the local culture, the performance of buildings and the urbanity with its social network,” said Dr. Gustavo de Siqueira, Head of the Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design (UPAD) at GUtech. The MSc programme was developed in close cooperation with RWTH Aachen University. The final thesis can be co-supervised by professors from GUtech along with professors from RWTH Aachen University.

“To respond to the growing need for experts in the field of geology, the Department of Applied Geosciences has developed a new Master’s programme, covering hydrogeology, mineral resources and petroleum geology,” said Prof. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences. Fieldwork will be an essential part of the programme as well as laboratory work, e.g. for seismic interpretation or mineral analysis. Graduates will be qualified for positions in various fields of Geosciences e.g. in natural resources exploration but also in emerging economic sectors like geotourism or offshore exploration. The programme is open for candidates with internationally accredited bachelor degrees in relevant fields of study.

The MSc in Industrial Production and Manufacturing has been designed in cooperation with the University of Brescia (Italy). “A graduate of the programme will be an expert in material extraction, processing, innovative, high automation and sustainable manufacturing,” stressed Prof. Dr. Najah Al Mhanna, Head of the Department of Engineering. The programme will offer six weeks internships conducted in Oman or abroad, e.g. at the University of Brescia and a MSc thesis and colloquium. Students with a background in mechanical engineering, production, industrial, process engineering and Material Sciences will be eligible to apply for the programme.

The MSc in Computer Sciences is a four semester programme that has been designed to respond to the increasing digitalization of our everyday lives. Students may also opt for part-time studies and will then need more than four semesters to finish the programme. “The degree programme is open to fresh graduates and to working professionals with bachelor degrees,” said Prof. Dr. Nabil Sahli, Head of the Department of Computer Sciences while adding that IT experts holding a Master’s degree are needed in the region. If the MSc student in Computer Sciences chooses to study an additional semester at the University of Hasselt (Belgium), the student will get a second Master degree in Transportation Sciences from the University of Hasselt. After graduation, there are ample career opportunities for MSc graduates, e.g. in transportation, traffic safety, public transportation etc.

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(c) GUtech/ Dr. Manuela Gutberlet


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