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Monash delegation in Oman

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Muscat: A Monash delegation visited Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in Oman earlier this month to build on existing plans for future academic and research ties between the universities, in the possible establishment of a new tertiary institution, Oman University.

The Monash delegation, comprising Professor Abid Khan and Dr Nizar Farjou of the Office of the Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement), met with Her Highness Dr Muna Bint Fahd Al Said, SQU Assistant Vice-Chancellor for External Cooperation.

Their discussions focused on identifying areas for collaborative research and the possibility of co-supervision of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students from Oman and staff development. SQU also suggested a visit by a team of Monash researchers to SQU to identify areas for collaborative research development.

This visit builds on a previous visit to SQU and the Oman Research Council by Vice-Chancellor Ed Byrne in March 2013, at the invitation of His Excellency Dr Abdullah Mohammed Al-Sarmi, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education in the Sultanate of Oman.

Professor Khan said the meeting was a positive move for the University as it seeks to develop ties with global partners.

"Our relations with SQU have strengthened since the first visit by an SQU delegation, led by SQU Vice-Chancellor, His Excellency Dr Ali Soud Al-Bemani, in November 2008," Professor Khan said.

"The main areas of interest for collaboration are energy, biotechnology, water and health.

"We envision that the new Oman University will be able to engage in research from the very beginning, to ensure that it remains responsive to the needs of business and industry."

For more information, contact Dr Nizar Farjou on +61 3 990 51506 or email nizar.farjou@monash.edu.

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