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Dr. Hilal Ali Azzan Al Hadhrami

Dean, International Maritime College Oman (IMCO)

IMCO plays an important role in the maritime and logistics sectors, as it is the first college to run logistics program in both the theoretical and practical sides of the operations. 2020 will mean a great deal not only to us, but also the whole industry. Indeed, it will be the second year of a new strategic plan until 2023 whose priority is to offer the highest-quality education and training. We want to ensure our graduates are ready to enter the industry with the necessary confidence and skills. In the early days of the industry, people did not know what logistics was. Today, the international economy relies heavily on logistics. Supply chains have become extremely important. In order to account for any challenges that arise, we are fully engaged with the industry and stakeholders to see what we can do to meet the changes taking place. Dry ports and free zones are two particular developments that we are looking at closely. Oman has many strengths, including its geographic positioning and internal stability. At 2.3 million, Oman has a small population. This means that Oman must focus on transit across the different transport modalities. We need a strong organizational infrastructure in place to really succeed in this area. The fourth industrial revolution will force the entire ecosystem to change or risk declining. The challenges will revolve around automation and technological development, though this transformation will take time, as much as 20-30 years.

Nabila Al Macki

Deputy Dean, Majan University College

Majan University College was established in 1995 as the first private higher education institution in Oman. It started as the College of Administrative Sciences on the back of a collaboration between the Oman Chamber of Commerce and some businesspeople, and then in 2002 it became known as Majan University College. The college has a foundation programme and three faculties: Faculty of Business Management, Faculty of Information Technology, and Faculty of English Language Studies. We have a new Islamic banking and finance program, which was recently approved by the Ministry of Higher Education. We also recently introduced a new transport operations management pathway to our BA in business administration. We have aligned the programme with the government’s 2040 plan, the UN’s national sustainable development goals, and market requirements. Under our partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, we offer four master’s degrees: MBA, MSc in computer science, MA in international human resource management, and MA in applied linguistics. All new programmes are first approved internally and then by the University of Bedfordshire. The final approval comes from the Ministry of Higher Education. Feedback is also crucial for our institution, which is why we involve external examiners, industry players, and students in the process. Recently, I was working with Tanfeedh on a lab called Quality of Education. We looked at Oman’s 2040 strategy for the education sector and the top priority was providing quality education to everybody.



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