HALBAN The Vice-President of the German Bundestag (Parliament), H.E. Thomas Oppermann, and his accompanying delegation visited GUtech in the afternoon. The delegation who is currently on a three day visit to Oman included MP Christian Lange, Parliamentary State Secretary, MP Stefan Liebich and MP Katja Suding, all members of the German Bundestag. The delegation was accompanied by the Ambassador of Germany to the Sultanate of Oman, H.E. Thomas F. Schneider, the Frist Counsellor Joachim Düster from the German Embassy and Counsellor Ingo Schendel, interpreter at the German Embassy in Riyadh. The Vice-President and his delegation was welcomed by the Rector of GUtech, Prof. Dr. Ing. Michael Modigell, who introduced the university and spoke about its development within the past eleven years.
The Vice-President then met with two exchange students from GUtech’s partner-university RWTH Aachen University and Omani and non-Omani members of the GUtech Student Council, who represent the students. “We are the voices of the students. We act as mediators. If there is an academic problem the students can contact us,” said one of the Student Council members. The students spoke about their studies at GUtech and their summer internships abroad or in Oman. Asked about their future dreams, several students expressed their wishes to conduct an internship or pursue their Master’s studies at a university in Germany. “You showed me what a university is about. You are very inspiring young persons. We wish you good luck for your future careers. We will support the university,” the Vice-President of the Bundestag said in his farewell address to the students. Towards the end of the visit the delegation visited the GUtech EcoHaus and the Science Centre, both buildings are located on the GUtech campus.
(c) Text & Photo: Dr. Manuela Gutberlet