BARKA A total of 450 students have started their studies at German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech). The Orientation Days, an introduction to the new study environment where held at the GUtech in Halban on Wednesday and Thursday last week. Studying at a university is very different from school. The new batch of students will enter the General Foundation or the Academic Foundation Programme or the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering programmes this week. The Rectorate of GUtech including Dr. Hussain Al Salmi, Deputy Rector for Administration and Finances and Prof. Dr. Armin Eberlein, Deputy Rector for Academic Affairs and Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of the University welcomed the students. “I encourage you to study hard in order to perform well and to be successful in your careers,” said Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Rector of GUtech. The Rector advised the students to be in contact with their professors and lecturers and ask questions, and to be involved in extracurricular student activities such as sports. He also stressed on the multicultural study-environment at GUtech, where over 30 different nationalities have been studying and working together.
Lujaina Al Habsi, Rawan Al Maskari and Ruwaida Al Habsi from Muscat have started their studies at GUtech. They have friends or family members studying at GUtech. “In the past years, I was observing my cousin while drawing sketches for her studies in Urban Planning and Architectural Design at GUtech. Then I decided to join as well,” said Ruwaida who liked Biology at school. Her friends Lujaina and Rawan joined the business programmes at GUtech. “I like Mathematics and I like to meet and talk to people,” said Ruwaida who will join the BSc International Business and Service Management at GUtech. “I like to travel and I heard about Logistics. I thought it could be a good choice for me,” said Rawan. The three students are interested in participating in workshops and study-excursions abroad, for example to RWTH Aachen University. They believe that it is important for girls to study and to pursue a professional career. “In future, I would like to open my own business, maybe together with my friends,” said Ruwaida.
Mutaz al Awfi also joined GUtech in the Foundation Year. At school he liked Physics and Mathematics. From this week onwards Mutaz will study English, Mathematics and IT in the Foundation Year GUBridge as a preparation for his BEng studies in Mechanical Engineering. “I like to work with machines,” he said about his study choice while adding. “I have chosen GUtech because of the quality of the studies and I like the campus.” Mutaz had an orientation tour around campus along with other students. The GUtech Orientation Days continued with presentations about Student Affairs, academic and student life at GUtech.
The language of teaching at GUtech is English. German is taught as an additional foreign language for three to five semesters. GUtech is affiliated with one of the leading universities in Europe, RWTH Aachen University. For many years employers in Germany have been ranking RWTH Aachen University as one of the best universities in Germany, especially in Engineering, in Natural Sciences and in Computer Sciences.
GUtech offers a Foundation Programme and five Bachelor of Science programmes in Applied Geosciences, Computer Science, Urban Planning and Architectural Design, International Business and Service Management, Logistics as well as three Bachelor of Engineering programmes in Mechanical Engineering, Process Engineering and Environmental. The study-programmes are internationally accredited by ACQUIN.