HALBAN Dr. Daniela de Ridder, the Deputy Chairperson of the German Bundestag’s Foreign Affairs Committee (Parliament) has visited GUtech yesterday afternoon. She was welcomed by the Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell as well as GUtech employees and the Representative of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Oman, Claudia Schmidt. “At GUtech we wish to link Omani traditions and a European approach. We are pleased to welcome Dr. De Ridder at GUtech and are looking forward to enhancing further industry and research cooperations,” said the Rector during his welcome speech.
During her visit at GUtech, Dr. De Ridder highlighted the importance of promoting women in sciences, through networking, mentoring programmes and gender equality measures within the work and study environment. Dr De Ridder has been an active advocator for women equality programmes in higher education in Germany. She also spoke with GUtech students from different departments and with female academic staff, who shared their experiences with her. “The university’s collaboration between Germany and Oman makes the study environment more attractive,” said one of the female students while another student mentioned that excursions and workshops abroad have been enhancing her career outlook. Towards the end of the visit, De Ridder learnt more about the eco-friendly EcoHaus located on campus. “I have learnt a lot from today’s conversations,” said Dr De Ridder after the discussions, adding that she would like to come back again and continue the discussions.
(c) Dr. Manuela Gutberlet