Acting Dean, Caledonian College of Engineering
Over 80% of graduating students go directly into employment. In fact, our students are usually employed in their final year, before they graduate. The remainder continue on with their higher education or establish businesses. Higher education in Oman is re-orientating itself toward entrepreneurship. About five years ago we began offering specific entrepreneurial, management, HR, and soft-skill modules built into the engineering course; this is unique to CCE programs.
Dean, Majan College (University College)
In addition to our academic programs, the I2I Institution-to-Industry initiative formally linked the college to industry by inviting alumni and influential professionals to advise the education sector on what best suits their needs. It is also a chance for us to obtain feedback on our graduates’ performance. We have involved industrial leaders in the design and review of programs. All skills that are needed for employment are embedded in the curriculum, rather than having separate programs to prepare students for job interviews.
Managing Director, T. Madhavan Kutty
Our student body comprises students from all over the GCC and the wider Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, and Europe. What we offer is unprecedented in the UK and Singapore. Approximately 75% of our students are Omani, and around 4,000-5,000 students pass through our doors each year, from national and international aviation, industrial, and civil defense sectors. We are also the sole provider of training for the NATO in this part of the world.
Dean, College of Banking & Financial Studies
Since 1983, the College of Banking and Financial Studies (CBFS) has always tried to align itself with the national strategic objective of training Omanis. The college is driven by the development objectives of the Central Bank of Oman (CBO), and facilitates the corporate social responsibility of the commercial banks to place trained, professional Omanis in commanding positions in banking and finance. Improvements in education and human resources are essential for sustainable growth in Oman.
CEO, National Training Institute
The National Training Institute (NTI) was set up in 1985 to help citizens improve their skills before entering the job market. We worked closely with the government, the Ministry of Manpower, the local population, and private sector companies to identify the needs of industry and train and recruit the right staff. Although the growth of higher education and colleges meant that companies were starting directly to employ college graduates, the need for competence development remained.