Omani Scientists’ Contribution to Medicine and Science Symposium
Rawan Al Nadabi
The University of Nizwa hosted a symposium on Omani Scientists’ Contribution to Medicine and Science on the initial campus, Birkit Al Mouz, Al Shahaba Hall. The symposium was patron by His Excellency Eng. Ibrahim Said Khalaf Al Kharousi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture for Heritage Affairs. The Symposium is organized by Al-Khalil bin Ahmed Center for Arabic and Humanities Studies.
Prof. Ahmed Al Harrasi, Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies, Research and External Relations, inaugurated the opening ceremony with a speech. Prof. Al Harrasi mentioned in his speech the University publication, which exceeded 2400 research, and 81 citations per research, as well as the University ranking over the past three years in different indexes.
The speech included the memory of significant Omani scholars, such as Rashid Amira Al-Rustaqy, Ahmed Majid Al-Saadi, and Al-Khalil bin Ahmed Al-Farahidi. He cherishes the glory times of the Arab scholar and the great inventions invented due to eagerness for knowledge rather than financial benefits.
The opening ceremony witnessed the launches of the first E-edition of the Al-Khalil Journal for Educational and Psychological Studies, Al-Khalil Journal for Social Sciences, and Al-Khalil Journal for Arts and Design, in addition to the Al-Khalil Journal for Linguistic and Literary Studies.
National and international researchers, specialists, academic centers and institutions representatives concerned with the medicine and science field participated in Symposium. The Symposium discussed 18 papers in astronomy, agriculture, navigation and medicine, which are included in the three main themes of The symposium.
The symposium included an accompanying exhibition where external national units participated, the Geological Society of Oman (GSO), Earth Sciences Consultancy Centre, Bait Qursh Museum, and Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, while the University was represented by the Natural and Medical Sciences Research Center and UNESCO Chair on Aflaj Studies.
Ahmed AL Ghafri, Research Assistant at NMRSC, said “The NMRSC participation showcase in numbers the research publication we have conducted during the past years and so far as we aspire to extract medicine from natural product”
The UNESCO Chair showcased the countries which have Aflaj as a structure and concept. Ishaq Al Shabibi, Superintendent at the UNESCO Chair, introduced the LAMAD project, and said “We are working currently on data collection of a mobile application that indicates Aflaj water management system covering significant Aflaj in Oman”, ‘The LAMAD product is financially sponsored by the Agricultural and Fisheries Development Fund AFDF” he added.
Bait Qursh Museum displayed Islamic, and Omani Scholars’ inventions in Aflaj water management. The Geological Society of Oman (GSO), Earth Sciences Consultancy Centre showed the Omani geological richness. Mohammed Al Rajhi, the Geographic information analytics at GSO, said “Oman is the heaven of geological richness”
This symposium came to embrace the contribution of Omanis to Medicine and Science and encourage young youth to follow the legacy of their ancestors.