The German University of Technology (GUtech) and Outward Bound Oman (OBO) on Sunday signed an agreement at the GUtech campus to jointly run theoretical and practical courses that develop the personal and professional abilities of GUtech students.
The main focus of GUtech and OBO’s jointly developed courses is the development of key life skills such as responsibility, engagement in learning and work, creative thinking and problem solving, innovative thinking, leadership, planning, communication and teamwork — all skills that will prepare participants for employment, as well as equip them with vital project management skills.
GUtech staff will deliver the theoretical components of the courses, whilst the OBO team is responsible for organising the relevant field-based courses.
The collaborative agreement was signed by Prof Dr Michael Modigell, the Rector of GUtech and Mark Evans, General Manager of Outward Bound Oman. The ceremony was attended by Dr Ing. Najah Al Mhanna Dean of Engineering and Computer Science faculty and Ali Al-Humairi, Lecturer in the Computer Science Department and the programme Focal Point.
“GUtech strives to create opportunities for its students to gain practical experience through different tools and initiatives, and this agreement with Outward Bound Omanis among others that will offer our students the opportunity to apply theoretical skills in real-life circumstances,” said Prof. Dr Modigell.
Mark Evans of OBO, said, “GU Tech has a well-deserved reputation in Oman for quality, and we are delighted to be working with them. However, success in the workplace is as much about attitude, and behaviour, as it is about having good grades, and that is where our four days/three-night courses that focus on work ethics, and performance, add value to the outstanding work already being done here at the university.”
The agreement will permit GUtech students to benefit from jointly delivered courses, over a period of three years. The first course will begin in December 2018.
Set up in 2009, and established by Ministerial Decision in 2014, OBO is a non-profit organisation that operates under the Ministry of Social Development.