Wednesday 30 September 2020

Sezad launches first higher education college at Duqm

MUSCAT, August 13, 2020

The Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad) has set up the first higher education college in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, in partnership with Iskan Oman Investment Company and Middle East Education Venture.

The college will launch its first programme in the academic year 2021-2022.

The new college will be the core of the university city project that Iskan Oman is planning to establish in a phased manner in the Special Economic Zone at Duqm, following its usufruct agreement with the Sezad to develop an integrated academic city that will be built over an area of one million sq m featuring higher education colleges.

The masterplanning of the area, which will also include commercial, residential and hospitality zones, was completed by Iskan Investment and approved by Sezad.

At the first phase of the development, Iskan Investment entered into a sub- usufruct agreement with Middle East Education Venture LLC (MEEV) to develop a portion of land to establish a higher education college.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Sultan Al Yaqoubi, Vice Chairman of Iskan Investment Board of Directors, said that this project is one of the company's priorities, and added that Iskan focus on responsible investment when selecting projects to invest on.

The higher education college is the second investment for Iskan Investment at SEZD as it developed previously a healthcare facility that has been operational since 2017.

Iskan Investment was formed in 2008 with pension funds and corporations from Oman and Kuwait shareholders. Since its inauguration, Iskan Investment invested in establishing and developing a number of schools, real estate and healthcare facilities.

Dr Abdullah AL Sabahi, Chairman of MEEV, envisages working closely with the Ministry of higher Education, the Special Economic Zone Authority at Duqm (Sezad), and Iskan Investment to implement the proposed college in line with Oman’s 2040  Vision strategy.

He added that MEEV has the proven capabilities including experience, technology and the network required to implement successful educational projects, stating that MEEV believes that digital technology is the enabler of future universities. Therefore, it intends to implement the latest technology components and to develop its programs with a global outlook, with international, academic and research partnerships that will contribute towards enhancing experiences, sharing knowledge, and future skills as projected by the World Economic Forum.

MEEV also intends to establish centres for competence, a centre for marine science and a centre for logistics and renewable energy. The purpose of these centres is to promote research commercialization, build capacity and bring solutions to the social and industrial requirements.

MEEV said the planned  college of higher education at Duqm will emulate the core values of Middle East College (MEC) of employability, sustainability and global harmony. Focus areas of the college will be to offer programs in the fields of management, technology, mechanical, chemical and petrochemical Engineering.

Alongside focusing on employability, MEC focuses on fostering partnerships with international institutes of academic prominence like Coventry University and Wolverhampton University in the UK and Breda University of applied sciences in the Netherlands to enhance students learning.

MEC said it was granted full accreditation in March 2020 by the Oman Academic Accreditation (OAAA), receiving a high criterion rating of 3 for Teaching Quality and research output, making it the only education institution in Oman to receive a top rating for the two criteria. – TradeArabia News Service


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