German Academic Exchange Service awards study grants for varsity students

MUSCAT – Seventeen students of the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech) have been awarded full study grants of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) this year.

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Published: Mon 25 Oct 2010, 9:11 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:27 AM

The students, studying in the Pre-University Programme or in the first year of one of the Bachelor of Science programmes, were handed their scholarship certificates by Dr Juergen Werner, DAAD Head of Higher Education Project Abroad, Policy and Strategy, North Africa and Middle East, at a ceremony at GUtech.

“The DAAD awards study grants to excellent students. You may be one of the high potentials of the future,” he said addressing.

“Initially our grants are offered on a one year basis with the possibility to extend. They will cover tuition fees, the use of a laptop and textbooks,” Dr. Nicola Huson, DAAD representative in Oman and German lecturer at GUtech, said.

Currently DAAD sponsors a total of 39 students with full and partial scholarships at GUtech.DAAD is one of the world’s largest intermediary organisations in the world in the field of academic exchange. Every year it sponsors nearly 60,000 foreign and German academics.

Meanwhile, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Rawya Al Busaidiyah opened the new airport campus of GUtech in the presence of several dignitaries including Angelika Storz-Chakarji, German Ambassador to Oman, and Professor Dr. E. Schmachtenberg, Rector, RWTH Aachen University.

“We provide Omani and international students with German education and excellence but with a firm grounding in the Omani heritage and culture,” Prof Dr. Burkhard Rauhut, Rector at GUtech, said in a speech on the occasion.

He added that the new campus, located close to the Muscat International Airport, was equipped with the latest technology required for higher education, such as wireless LAN internet access, high-tech microscopes for the department of applied Geosciences, design and architecture studios, physics and engineering laboratory and a library with access to the E-library and database at RWTH Aachen University.

The university’s main beach campus will remain in Athaiba and will serve as a location for its pre-university programmes and the German Language Centre. “GUtech is an ambitious project that meets the needs of the Sultanate. GUtech is a role-model for Omani-German cooperation,” Storz-Chakarji said.

“GUtech is expanding. This year we have introduced the Foundation Year for the Bachelor of Engineering programmes,” Rauhut said, adding: “We will introduce two Master of Science programmes next year and another Bachelor of Engineering programme in Water Management is planned.

Therefore we needed to expand our building.” GUtech is affiliated to RWTH Aachen University, one of the top universities of technology in Europe. The language of instruction at GUtech is English, German is taught as an additional language.

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