A delegation from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor visiting the University.
Rawan Al Nadabi
The University of Nizwa received a delegation from the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor in collaboration with the Authority of Small and Medium Enterprises Development. It was the first official visit for both Dr Aileen Ionescu-Somers, Executive Director of Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, and Prof Alicia Coduras, National Expert Survey Coordinator. The purpose of this visit was to discuss collaboration between GEM and the University and the SMEs Development Authority in order to seize potential opportunities and overcome challenges.
The delegation was taken on a tour of the University's Arabic calligraphy workshop (Zukhruf), Art Compartment for Handcrafts, Entrepreneurship Center, and Incubation Unit during their visit to the initial University campus.
Dr Ionescu-Somers and Dr Coduras both gave a workshop to University affiliates in al Mashariq Hall. The workshop began by answering the question of how GEM came to be. Dr. Ionescu-Somers stated that it began with the goal of creating a reliable entrepreneurship index. With that initial goal in mind, the data flow continued for 24 years.
The GEM represents 50 countries' entrepreneurship data, and Oman is one of them, allowing for benchmarking in comparison to other countries' results. Academicians rely on GEM because it contains vast amounts of stored data that can be used and cited in their research.
Due to the adequate information it provides, GEM data is lavished on policy implementation and decision-making. Dr Ionescu-Somers stated about the benefits of GEM "The representation of Oman in GEM would undoubtedly encourage investors to invest." GEM publishes not only global reports but also special topic reports, and Dr Ionescu-Somers announced that a report on sustainability will be released soon.
As part of their visit to the Sultanate of Oman, the delegation visited Nizwa City and the Oman Across Ages Museum.