Orientation Week for the 20th Batch of Students at the University of Nizwa
The University of Nizwa started a week-long orientation program for newly enrolled students. The program included introductions to the university's facilities, services, colleges, units, regulations, and guidelines. A total of 1650 students are currently enrolled forming the 20th batch, marking a significant increase from previous years.
The Deanship of Registration and Records session included an introduction to the academic and administrative guidelines which explains the study plan, credit hours, and registration. The session included an explanation of the University's vision, mission, and keenness in the scientific research field.
The Center for Information Systems introduced the students to the services it provides and explained the educational portals and how to utilize computer laboratories, educational systems, email, and technical support services.
Prof. Ahmed Al Rawahi, the University Chancellor, welcomed the new batch to their new academic journey and explained the University's principles and pillars through his session as well as presented the University’s achievements. He said, “During the 23 years of the university journey, The University now contains 105 academic programs and we are looking to expand to a total of 120 by the end of this year. In addition, we are proud to be the first private university to offer a Ph.D. program, and we plan to introduce more Ph.D. programs shortly”.
The Chancellor emphasized the significance of disseminating knowledge and promoting research publications during his presentation. He pointed out that the research efforts of the University of Nizwa account for approximately 35% of the Sultanate's research and innovation index, which is a result of its diverse academic and research collaborations with institutions both within and outside Oman. The chancellor also mentioned that 112 students have published in scientific journals and encouraged others to contribute to increasing this number. He believes that Oman deserves a prosperous knowledge economy as part of its Oman Vision 2040.
At the conclusion of the first-day program, Dr. Ahmed Al-Rahbi, Director of the Foundation Institute, provided an overview to the students regarding the Foundation programs. He discussed the courses that accompany the study of the English language and explained the levels of study that are determined by the placement test that the students took before.