GUtech Summer Academy

HALBAN Combining quality education and social activities for high school students, GUtech will start its annual GU Summer Academy on campus next Sunday, on 31 July. This year 42 male and 58 female high school students between 14-17 years of age will participate in the summer school that will run for three weeks and is being organized by GUtech for the second time. “The main goal of our GU Summer Academy is to develop the skills of young high school students while focusing on three components: Self-development and independency, where students learn how to be independent, and how to manage their finances for example. Moreover, we offer academic, social and soft skills development which includes team building, leadership, innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship but as well languages like English and German, and sciences. On the side lines we also offer a lot of fun activities, such as daily competitions, guest-speakers from the corporate sector in Oman, field trips to the Interior, and sport activities like indoor football or basketball,” said Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy-Rector for Administration and Finance at GUtech. GUtech alumni, students and staff are involved as teachers or mentors in the GU Summer Academy. The language of teaching will be Arabic and English. Narjis Jamali from Bahrain is a GUtech alumni in Computer Science and a mentor for girls in the Summer Academy. She is looking forward to the GU Summer Academy, where she will participate for the second time. “I wanted to be part of it again. It is really a great opportunity for the high school students to get to know a university and to develop their social skills. At that age, they do not know about the university. I think the teenagers are very lucky,” said Narjis. A second group of 15 Omani students are currently attending a five week Summer Academy in Cardiff (UK) to develop their English language and soft skills. Both groups will attend the final graduation ceremony at GUtech on 18 August.   The sponsors for this year’s Summer Academy are the Omani Authority for Partnership for Development (OAPFD), Omantel and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO). Al Roya Newspaper and Oman TV are the media sponsors of the academy. More information can be found on social media and on the GUtech website: https://www.gutech.edu.om/summeracademy Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gu_summer_academy Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcademyGu

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