GUtech and Marafiq sign an MoU to explore areas of cooperation in Research & Development, Training, and Innovation in renewable energy projects, including water technology.

Muscat – 30 October 2022

the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) signed today (30 October 2022) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Marafiq to explore possible cooperation opportunities between both parties.

The MoU was signed by Eng. Abdullah Al Hashimi, Managing Director of Marafiq and Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finance of the German University of Technology in Oman.

The MoU provides for the parties to cooperate in areas related to supporting innovation, research and development projects involving GUtech students, enhancing their skills and providing them with training in projects managed by Marafiq in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm. It also supports cooperation between Marafiq and GUtech in renewable energy projects, including water

technology, which contributes to strengthening the Sultanate of Oman’s efforts to invest in clean energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Commenting on signing this MoU, Eng. Abdullah Al Hashimi, Managing Director of Marafiq, stated that the Memorandum of Understanding reflects the two parties’ interest in achieving the Sultanate of Oman’s goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2050.

Upon the signing ceremony, Al Hashimi stressed the Company’s interest in strengthening the efforts of higher education institutions aimed at developing the skills of students and providing an encouraging environment for scientific research and innovation. In this regard, Marafiq is sponsoring 5 students in different disciplines with practical hands-on experience in Marafiq projects in Duqm.

“Signing this MoU with GUtech aims to encourage students to research in the fields of energy, especially renewable energy. The projects managed by Marafiq in the energy and water sectors in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm will serve to inspire students, hone their skills and encourage them for further research and exploration in this important sector”, explained Eng. Al Hashimi.

On the other hand, Dr. Hussain bin Suleiman Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances of the German University of Technology in Oman, commented, “GUtech is committed to developing and promoting innovation and scientific research projects in the Sultanate of Oman, and is exerting all its capabilities to encourage its students to do so. Hence, we are proud of partnering with Marafiq, as we are looking forward to the MoU’s contribution to achieving the objectives of both parties, whether in the scientific research and innovation, or in the areas of clean and renewable energy”.

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