HALBAN The German Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, H.E. Steffen Bilger, visited the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) on Thursday morning. He was accompanied by H.E. Thomas Schneider, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Sultanate and a small delegation including the Private Secretary to the Parliamentary State Secretary, Dr. Joachim Eichhorn as well as Susanne Symalla, Counsellor for Transport and Digital Infrastructure in the GCC at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Abu Dhabi. The Parliamentary State Secretary is currently on a two-day visit in Muscat.
At GUtech the delegation was welcomed by the Rectorate of the university, Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, Dr. Hussain Al Salmi and Dr. Armin Eberlein as well as academic and administrative staff. The visit focused on the academic development of GUtech, the first German university on the Arabian Peninsula since its establishment in 2007 as well as on its study-programmes in Logistics and in Computer Sciences. Both fields are related to transport and the digitalization of everyday life. Currently, more than 250 students study logistics at GUtech. The delegation also visited the GUtech EcoHaus, that was introduced to them by Amal Al Balushi, a GUtech alumni of the Department of Urban Planning and Architectural Design. In 2013 the GUtech EcoHaus was awarded for its outstanding design and energy efficiency during a student competition of The Research Council (TRC). The EcoHaus currently serves as a continuous research project for students to collect data related to its architectural design and its environmental efficiency.
(c) GUtech/ Text: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet; Photo: Fatma Al Balushi