Colleges and Campuses

The National University of Science & Technology is established by combining three professional colleges in Oman which are renowned for excellence in Education & Research. The Colleges are Caledonian College of Engineering, Oman Medical College and Department of Pharmacy within Oman Medical College.

This section will illustrate the history, evolution, developmental stages and achievements of each college right from their inception. For more information about each constituent college, please click the respective links provided below. These links will take you to the profile pages of respective college where the programs/courses offered under NU and affiliations and much more.

Constituent Colleges

College of Engineering (Formerly Caledonian College of Engineering)

College of Engineering campus providing a high quality education in Engineering and allied specializations for the Sultanate of Oman and the region in general. The college has produced 1,841 diplomats, 3,386 graduates and 90 postgraduates since opening its doors in 1996. Today, College of Engineering is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious academic institutions in the country with a student population of over 4000, comprised of 22 nationalities, and around 400 academic, support and administrative staff, comprised of 21 nationalities.

College of Engineering has established a number of agreements and memorandums of understanding with various educational and industrial organisations in Oman and throughout the world.

Academic Collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) - UK

http://www.gcu.ac.uk

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), which has a tradition of quality education, research, consultancy and training that dates back to 1875, collaborates with College of Engineering and is the main awarding and accrediting body of both Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes at Colelge of Engineering since 1996.

GCU's vast IT, engineering and construction experience is housed within the School of Engineering and Built Environment. Positioned as a world-class research institution, affirmed by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (UK) results, GCU’s high quality team are experts in their field; well-connected front runners in areas such as IT security, environmental science, telecommunications, surveying and mechanical and electrical engineering. The School has a strong track record of working partnerships with professional bodies, developing globally recognized programmes ensuring an industry standard of learning, which is relevant to the changing needs of the labour market keeping students up-to-date with the latest industry advancements and best practice.

GCU recently appointed global experts, Professors Ghassan Aoud and Professor Mohammed Dulaimi as visiting professors to enhance the university’s activities in the built environment. Exposed to global expertise and with opportunities to participate in international study trips and projects, students at GCU enjoy an international experience. GCU was rated 2nd in the UK for International Student Satisfaction (ISB 2013). 95% of our graduates went into employment or further study six months after graduating in 2014. The School of Engineering and Built Environment offers a wide range of Postgraduate Taught or Research programmes aligned with the undergraduate programmes delivered at CE. They are designed to build-on and enhance the knowledge gained at undergraduate level. Furthermore graduates of CE/GCU are entitled to an Alumni discount of 20% off taught and research postgraduate courses delivered at GCU, details are on Postgraduate courses available on the GCU website.

Academic collaboration with University of South Carolina, USA

http://www.sc.edu/
College of Engineering (CoE) has entered into academic collaboration with University of South Carolina (USC), USA, one of the oldest and most comprehensive public institutions of higher education in the USA. This collaboration is mainly focused at bringing ABET compliant engineering programmes in both core specializations and in emerging areas.

The University of South Carolina is one of the oldest and most comprehensive public institutions of higher education in the US, with its main campus in the state capital, Columbia. Founded in 1801, USC offers more than 350 programs of study, leading to bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees, and educates more than 30,000 students on a 360-acre site. USC is ranked first for its undergraduate and graduate International Business programs in the nation for over a decade and the Carnegie Foundation has placed USC among the top public research universities in the country for very high research activity. Moreover, USC has been ranked within the top 25 public universities delivering work-ready graduates and a top producer of US Fulbright Students. The Columbia campus is divided into 15 different schools and colleges, each reflecting different areas of research and educational expertise besides offering a range of degrees and qualifications in business, education, science, engineering, hospitality, communications, social work, arts, health and science. The University also runs an innovation district called Innovista, looking to commercialize research in key areas of strength such as bio-medicine, nanotechnology, environmental science and alternative fuels.

As the first step of this academic partnership, CE has started BEng Chemical Engineering Program in February 2017 followed by MSc Process Engineering in September 2017. A formal signing of academic collaboration was carried out between the two institutions on 4th May 2017, and this will facilitate introducing additional undergraduate and masters programs in various emerging specializations in the coming years. Besides running academic programs, this partnership also facilitates building research capacity of the college, pedagogical skills of staff, and also staff and student exchanges, thus bringing new dimensions to learning and teaching at CE.

CE aspires for ABET accreditation of its programs once the first batch of students graduates from the programs. ABET accreditation will be a value addition, which will provide better career opportunities for students.

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College of Medicine and Health Sciences (formerly Oman Medical College)

College of Medicine and Health Sciences, the only one private medical college in Oman was established in 2001 in academic partnership with the West Virginia University in the United States.

This medical college functions at two campuses, Sohar and Bowsher. 1273 students are currently enrolled for medicine and pharmacy programs. Until now, 654 medical doctors and 515 pharmacists have graduated from the college. Most graduates are working in the Oman's healthcare sector while the rest are either doing their postgraduate studies or have left for their home countries. It has a large number of international students. These students are from 24 different nationalities and the percentage of Omani students is 70% and international is 30%.

Mission: The college is committed to preparing high quality health professionals who are dedicated to meeting the present and future health care needs of the people of Oman and beyond.

Vision: The college aspires to be a premier academic health sciences institution that is recognized for excellence in education, research, and community service endeavors.

STRATEGIC PRIORITIES

  1. Deliver high quality education in health sciences.
  2. Contribute to improving the health of the people.
  3. Support the development of research.
  4. Provide the necessary processes and resources to ensure OMC can reach its vision.

The research and ethics committee of the college is diverse, richly talented, and progressive and focused on the goal of making people’s lives better. The faith, resources and cooperation invested in our college are complimented and strengthened by faculty researchers who are obligated by mission determined by tradition; and focused by heritage to aggressively pursue the opportunities and tasks they have undertaken.

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College of Pharmacy

The promoters of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences have established the College of Pharmacy (formerly Department of Pharmacy within Oman Medical College), the first Pharmacy department in Oman in 2003 in academic partnership with the West Virginia University in the United States. The department is offering a four year program leading to the Bachelor of Pharmacy. The pharmacy program has been approved by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education of Oman. Our vision is to be recognized nationally and internationally for quality education in pharmacy and research in pharmaceutical and health-related topics. Our graduates are prepared to play a key role in improving the health of Omanis and other people by providing patient care and improving therapeutic outcomes.

All students in the Pharmacy program complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member. Each project is summarized in the form of dissertation followed by an open defense presentation of the research findings for evaluation. Often the studies performed in the research projects have been presented at pharmaceutical conferences both in Oman and abroad. The research conducted by several students on a project has often resulted in the publication of these results in well-recognized scientific journals. Several faculty members are engaged in pilot research utilizing OMC Internal Research fund.

For introducing the awareness about the professional responsibility and competency of a pharmacist, the students are required to observe / shadow pharmacists in health centers and community in the first and second year of pharmacy. After successfully completing the requisite course work, each pharmacy student has to undertake professional Practice Experience in hospital pharmacies, community pharmacies and industrial pharmacies. The active support from MOH hospitals, Armed Force hospital, SQU hospital, Directorate General of Pharmaceutical Affairs and National Pharmaceutical Industries in the training our students is thankfully acknowledged.

Excellent administrative support and encouragement from the management and deans has enabled the department to progress. Furthermore, the department has revised the B.Pharm curriculum in tune with the Oman Qualifications Framework and feedback from the stakeholder. The revised curriculum has more clinical courses and electives in clinical pharmacy and industrial pharmacy.

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