1. 1283 Students from Science Colleges Awarded Degrees
  2. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  3. International Workshop Focuses on Food and Brain Health
  4. In the Folds of Space Exhibition
  5. SQU, Brno University of Technology to Tie-up on Teaching and Research
  6. SQU Academics Co-edit Book on Traditional Foods
  7. ‘Close-by’: Volunteer Week Activities Kicks off
  8. Graduation Ceremony on 11 and 25 November
  9. SQU holds ‘Inspirers’ Session
  10. Gearing up for the Fourth Industrial Revolution
  11. Taiwanese University Seeks Ties with SQU
  12. Student Counselling Centre Gets International Accreditation
  13. Iranian Delegation Visits College of Education
  14. SQU Hosts Forum on Remote Sensing and Space Technologies
  15. An Exchange Student at SQU from Faraway Chile
  16. Expert Highlights Growing Importance Cyber Security Jobs
  17. OCCI Research Chair: SQU, OCCI Hold Steering Committee Meeting
  18. PEIE Research Chair: SQU, PEIE Madayn Hold Steering Committee Meeting
  19. SQU Honors 519 Students
  20. SQU Organizes Breast Cancer Awareness Day
  21. SQU Organizes Mazaya Exhibition
  22. SQU Hosts Workshop on Gulf Joint Work
  23. Workshop on Food and Brain Health on 11, 12 November
  24. “Mazaya III” Exhibition Kicks off
  25. Talk Sheds Light on IP Rights and Enforcement in the GCC
  26. Students Highlight Importance of Physics to the Economy
  27. Panel Discussion with Deputy Secretary General of Supreme Council for Planning
  28. SQU, ROLACC Sign Agreement to Set up Anti-corruption Chair
  29. SQU Hosts Panel Discussion on Development Planning
  30. Amal Al-Ismaili Wins Enjoia’t Award
  31. SQU and ITA Renew Agreement on Free and Open Source Software
  32. Conference Highlights Population and Sustainable Development
  33. Researchers Use Zebrafish to Study Human Diseases
  34. SQU, Omantel Sign Partnership Agreement
  35. SQU Hosts Oman Collegiate Programming Contest
  36. SQU Hosts Art Education Conference
  37. College of Nursing Celebrates Mental Health Day
  38. Disabilities Unit Project Launched at SQU
  39. Majors Fair 2019 Showcases Courses of Study
  40. Talk Gives Insight into Global Peace and Security
  41. Art Education Conference Concludes
  42. SQU, Oman Shell Partner to Research Agricultural Development
  43. SQU organizes a workshop on the Future of Computing Programs
  44. SQU Hosts Workshop on Future of Computing Programs 
  45. Graduating Engineers’ Challenges in Job Market Discussed
  46. Abandoned Copper Mine in Lasail Leads to Ground Water Contamination
  47. 13th Muscat Securities Market Forum Kicks Off
  48. SQU Gears Up for GCC Students’ Forum
  49. Lecture Highlights Evolution of Judiciary in Oman
  50. Muscat Securities Market Forum Kicks off
  51. 6th Arab International Child Abuse and Neglect Conference Held
  52. SQU Holds Induction Program for New Employees
  53. VC Receives US Academician
  54. Workshop for Internal Institutional Quality Audit Held
  55. National Bioethics Committee Meets at SQU
  56. ISPCAN International Congress Kicks off
  57. SQU Organizes Orientation Program for Postgraduate Students
  58. DPS Holds Orientation Program for Postgraduate Students
  59. NDC Delegation Received
  60. Trial Platform for Massive Open Online Courses Launched
  61. SQU receives new students
  62. SQU Student Project on 3D Printer Earns Praise
  63. Experts from SQU Come up with Book on Clinical Biochemistry
  64. Recognition for Book on Food and Huntington’s disease
  65. ICT Technologies: SQU, Huawei Sign Letter of Agreement
  66. SQU Receives 3070 Students
  67. Oman’s First CubeSat Project at SQU
  68. International Accreditation for SQU’s LL.B. Program
  69. SQU Celebrates Renaissance Day
  70. Summer School: Exhibition Features 4IR  
  71. SQU, Omantel Join Hands to Foster Innovation in Oman
  72. Honor for SQU Nurse Educator
  73. Research Groups at SQU Serve Oman’s Sustainable Development Goals
  74. Solar Electric Cars: SQU, Nafath Renewable Energy Join Hands
  75. SQU to Offer PhD in Information Systems
  76. Global Honour for CPS Academician
  77. “Young Explorer” Program to Hone Skills of School Students
  78. QS: SQU Ranked 379 Globally
  79. SQU, Oman Equestrian Federation Sign Cooperation Program
  80. CIS Unveils New Systems and Services
  81. Foundation Stone Laid for MEGA Service Station on Campus
  82. Study Proposes Design Framework of Small Private Online Courses
  83. Annual Trip 2019: Students Set Off to Europe
  84. Global Citizen Award for Dr. Khalaf
  85. Dr. Jokha Al Harthi Wins Man Booker Prize 2019
  86. An Engineer’s Reminiscence of the Construction of SQU
  87. SQU, Ministry of Information, PART Joint Committee Meets
  88. ICE Recognition for Civil Engineering Program
  89. “Demo Day 2019” Highlights Final Year Projects
  90. SQU, Armed Forces Medical Services Sign Cooperation Program
  91. SQU Hosts Seminar on Japanese Scholarships for Students
  92. Forum Highlights Role of Islamic Banks
  93. SQU, ‘inma’ Sign Cooperation Program
  94. Researchers Develop Innovative Nanocoatings for Water Desalination
  95. SQU Celebrates the 19th University Day
  96. His Majesty’s Trust Fund for Seven Research Projects
  97. SQU Celebrates Anniversary of His Majesty’s Visit
  98. Abu Dhabi Research Competition: SQU Project Bags Second Place
  99. SQU, Taiwanese University Discuss Ties
  100. Oman FOSS Platform Launched
  101. SQU Council Approves Proposals
  102. Open House of SQU’s Research Centers
  103. Pak University Explores Ties with SQU
  104. SQU, HUAWEI Discuss Long-term Multifaceted Links
  105. SQU to Offer Turkish Language Course
  106. ECE Students Visit Oman Data Park
  107. Emirati Philanthropist Juma Al Majid Visits SQU
  108. Student Group Holds Animal and Veterinary Sciences Forum
  109. SQU Holds Panel Discussion on National Project on Teaching Profession
  110. Students Showcase Skills in Civil & Architectural Engineering
  111. Spotlight on Research Centers’ Accomplishments
  112. 323 Outstanding Students Honored
  113. ECE Dept. Holds Retreat to Discuss Accreditation
  114. Forum Highlights Translation in the Digital Age
  115. SQU Hosts Lecture by Famous MIT Scientist-Entrepreneur
  116. SQU Organizes 2nd Student Research Conference
  117. SQU Holds National Workshop on BA English Program
  118. “Art is for everyone”
  119. Spotlight on Student Research
  120. Forum Discusses Digital Leadership in Information Sector
  121. Vice Chancellor Concludes Visit to Australia
  122. SQU, Jusoor, Orpic Sign Cooperation Program
  123. Conference Focuses on Innovative Approaches in ELT
  124. 8th GCC College Games: SQU Bags Eight Medals
  125. IoT Lab Opened at SQU
  126. Symposium to Promote Research in Mathematical Modelling
  127. 49 Projects on Display at 9th Engineering Forum
  128. Student Group Pilots Aquaculture of Ornamental Fish Variety
  129. Training Workshop on Trade Ideas Kicks Off
  130. SQU Hosts Workshop on Ethics of Research Involving Human Subjects
  131. Occidental of Oman Funds Equipment for SQU’s SERC
  132. Gulf Programming Contest Kicks Off
  133. Student Group Holds Biomedical Science Exhibition
  134. IBA 2019 Contest: SQU Team Bags First Place
  135. Czech Republic Senate President Visits SQU
  136. SQU Hosts Omani Moot Court Competition
  137. Project to Study Aversion Towards Teaching Profession
  138. Czech Senate President Visits SQU
  139. Conference Discusses Reality and Challenges of Student Affairs
  140. New Disease Threatens Citrus Trees in Oman
  141. SQU Staff Authors Biochemistry Lab Manual
  142. SQU, MRMWR Mark World Water Day
  143. SQU, MoAF Joint Committee Meets
  144. Brains Innovation Summits Official Meets VC
  145. AQAS Accreditation for Two Departments
  146. Independent Learning Centre Officially Launched
  147. Wooden Bridge Competition: Students Bring Home Accolades
  148. Conference Discusses Updates in Neurology and Related Fields
  149. Chief Engineer of SQU Project Revisits the University
  150. SQU to Set up Research Centers in Duqm
  151. SQU Organizes LAMAD Forum on Food Technology
  152. ‘Lamad’ Event Showcases Food Technology Research
  153. CoE Holds Symposium on Renewable Energy Systems Technology
  154. College of Nursing Marks International Day of Happiness
  155. Event Sheds Light on Institutional Arbitration
  156. SQU, Ministry of Education Sign Cooperation Program
  157. Researchers Produce Fish and Vegetables in Aquaponics System
  158. Business Week Highlights Impact of 4IR on Economy
  159. Zero Emission Campus: Field Survey Ends
  160. Conference on “Terms in Arabic: Issues and Prospects
  161. Meaningful Partnership in Islamic Studies
  162. Omanis Strongly Favor Locally Produced Food Products
  163. Oman Mathematics Committee Marks International Day of Mathematics
  164. Dr. Jokha Al Harthi on List for Top Global Literary Award
  165. Engineering Students’ Graduation Project Wins Accolades
  166. SQU, Military Technological College Sign Cooperation Program
  167. Nelson Mandela Remembered
  168. SQU Hosts Forum on Research Projects Funded by HM Trust Fund
  169. SQU Organizes Conference on “Terms in Arabic: Issues and Prospects”
  170. Workshop to Hone Jobseekers’ Skills in Port Logistics
  171. SQU Organizes Career & Training Fair 2019
  172. Zero Emission Campus: SQU Partners with German Institute
  173. Turkish Foundation, SQU to Establish Ties
  174. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  175. University of Tübingen Seeks Ties with SQU
  176. 55 Institutions Participate in SQU Career & Training Fair 2019
  177. SQU Hosts 21st ISANH Redox Congress
  178. SQU Organizes Forum on Leadership and Decision Making
  179. SQU Delegation Concludes Its Visit South Africa
  180. SQU, BP Oman Officials Review BP Fund Research Grants
  181. “Standards Vital in Ensuring Quality and Safety”
  182. Forum Highlights Leadership and Decision Making
  183. SQU Hosts International Workshop on Natural Hazards
  184. Cardiff University Seeks Ties with SQU
  185. Poster on Tokophobia Wins Accolades
  186. SQU at Muscat International Book fair
  187. Workshop on Performance Measurement Program
  188. 3rd ICAOG Discusses Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology
  189. SQU at Muscat Book Fair
  190. ELT Conference on 11 and 12 April
  191. Focus on Floriculture
  192. Mazaya Exhibition Showcases Special Offers for Employees
  193. Tenth Agricultural Festival Launched
  194. Chemical Engineering Forum Held
  195. SQU organizes The 4th Conference of Free and Open Source Software 2019
  196. Student Group Holds Used Book Fair at Muscat City Centre
  197. SQU’s Rebranded Media Identity Turns 1
  198. Efforts to Support FOSS in the Sultanate Hailed
  199. Technical Forum Features Student Projects
  200. FOSSC 2019 Oman Kicks off
  201. SQU Honours 520 Outstanding Students
  202. College of Engineering Receives IAESTE Award
  203. Conference to Highlight Issues Related to Population in the Sultanate
  204. 1st International Conference on Unnamed Vehicle Systems
  205. SQU Hosts IFMSA Regional Meet
  206. “Political Factor is the Top Element that Affects the Price of Oil”
  207. “UVS-Oman 2019” Concludes
  208. Webometrics: SQU Ranked 1353 Globally
  209. Study Chronicles Characteristics of Illicit Drug Users Seeking Detox
  210. SQU Organizes 3rd Media Family Forum
  211. SQU’s Organic Kale Sets an Example
  212. Research Centre Receives German Student Delegation
  213. Agriculture, Fisheries Development: SQU, FAO Sign LoU
  214. Empowering Students in the Foundation Programs
  215. 95 Students Attend Winter Program for School Students
  216. SQU Organizes Technology Camp for Kids
  217. Support for Global Learning
  218. SQU, UW–Eau Claire to Boost Ties
  219. SQU, University of South Australia to Promote Cooperation
  220. SQU Receives Houston-Clear Lake Delegation
  221. University Tower Hall Opened
  222. Independent Learning Centre Workshop Concludes
  223. SQU Tower Hall Launched
  224. Council Approves Name Change of Academic Departments
  225. SQU organizes football championship.
  226. SQU Staff Football Championship Concludes
  227. Green Climate Readiness Support: SQU, FAO Sign LoA
  228. National Bioethics Committee Meets
  229. SQU Honors Turkish Students
  230. SQU holds the 2nd Customer Services Forum
  231. Forum Highlights Digital Transformation of Customer Services
  232. CAMS Workshop Addresses Whitefly Management in Tomato
  233. SQU-Institute of Public Admn. Committee Meets
  234. Information Systems Computer Lab Launched at CEPS
  235. Researchers Present Progress of Internal Grant-Funded Projects
  236. SQU Mobile App Launched
  237. MSF Hosts Workshop on Seafloor Mapping Technique
  238. On-Campus Fuel Station, Shopping Mall Planned
  239. SQU Organizes 5th Alumni Day
  240. 5th Alumni Day Held
  241. Springboard Program: SQU Teams Bring Accolades
  242. SQU Celebrates World Arabic Language Day
  243. SQU Signs Letter of Intent with Salalah Methanol
  244. SQU Holds Training Program in Logistics and Supply Chain in Aviation Sector
  245. SQU, Omantel Joint Committee Meets
  246. Workshop for Internal Audit Panel Members Held
  247. Main Library Organizes (Awalem) Event
  248. CEPS Gets EQUIS Accreditation
  249. Best Sports College Award: New Initiative to Promote Sports
  250. Smoke Emissions from Shinas Copper Mine Due to Sulphide Combustion
  251. SQU, NFRCEC to Tie-up on Research
  252. SQU Hosts 2nd Blockchain Symposium
  253. SQU Hosts MEACR Annual Meet
  254. Dr. Ahmed Al Salman Elected as Fellow of TWAS
  255. Opportunities in Future Technologies
  256. SQU and the GULF 3 International Conference
  257. Need for More Mental Health Services for the Young
  258. Sustainability through Reuse Centre
  259. CAMS Hosts International Workshop on Innovative Marine Management
  260. SQU Celebrates World Soil Day; International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  261. SQU Marks International Day for Persons with Disabilities
  262. Start-ups Should Address Social Problems: Dr. Belgacem Haba
  263. SQU, RAP-Green Sign Cooperation Agreement
  264. SQU Hosts the 4th Science & Technology Exchange Program
  265. SQU organizes the 1st open day for Student exchange
  266. Public Speaking Contest: Student Teams Win Third Place
  267. SQU Academician Wins L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship
  268. Oman’s Trade Potential with IORA Member States
  269. University of Denver Explores Ties with SQU
  270. SQU, Charles University to Boost Ties
  271. “Your University Celebrates” 48th National Day
  272. SQU Celebrates 29th Graduation Ceremony of the Scientific Colleges
  273. Counselling Psychology Conference Kicks Off
  274. Workshop Discusses Outcomes of Mango, Lime Diseases Research
  275. 1303 Students from Scientific Colleges Graduate
  276. Medical and Nursing Graduates Take Oath
  277. Big turnout at “Walk for Your Health” Walkathon
  278. SQU organizes Japan’s open day
  279. Utilizing Drilling Waste in Cement Industry Ensures Sustainability
  280. SQU Celebrates Omani Women’s Day
  281. Growth in Demand for IP Right is a Good Indicator
  282. SQU Hosts Japan Day
  283. Prof. Sabah Bags Qatar Green Research Award
  284. SQU celebrates 29th graduation ceremony (humanities Colleges)
  285. CSD, RMO Holds Workshop on Operational Risk
  286. SQU Wins OER Power Brands 2018 Award
  287. SQU, IDO Holding Sign Research and Innovation Cooperation Program
  288. Conference Highlights Frankincense and Medicinal Plants Research
  289. 1651 Students Receive Their Degrees at Inspiring Graduation Ceremony
  290. Saudi University Explores Ties with SQU
  291. Humanities Students to Celebrate Graduation Today
  292. Daytime Sleepiness Common among Young Omani Drivers
  293. International Award for Dean of College of Education
  294. Omani-French Friendship Association Honors Dr. Kamla Al Busaidi
  295. SQU to Teach Students Values, Rights and Responsibilities as Citizens
  296. Lakehead University Delegation Visits SQU
  297. SQU to Host Middle East Cancer Research Association Meeting
  298. Educational Psychology Faculty Holds Research Forum
  299. Latest developments in research and postgraduate studies highlighted
  300. Spotlight on Oman’s Maritime Heritage
  301. Lakehead University Seeks Ties with SQU
  302. NBC Holds Panel Discussion on Ethics in Research and Publication
  303. SQU Hosts WIPO-Oman Summer School
  304. Muscat Finance Extends Support for Research and Innovation at SQU
  305. ACM-OCPC: SQU Teams Bag First and Third Prizes
  306. Climate Impacts on Water Resources
  307. SQU Organizes Oman Collegiate Programing Contest
  308. 29th Graduation Ceremony on 28 Oct, 11 Nov
  309. Student Group Marks World Food Day 2018
  310. Conference Highlights Trends in Innovative Mathematics Curriculum
  311. SQU This Week
  312. European IT Security Advisor Visits SQU
  313. Award for Excellence in Child Health Nursing
  314. Repeat Migration of bar-tailed godwits wintering at Barr Al Hikman
  315. Conference Stresses on Sport and Sustainable Development
  316. Outstanding Scientist Award for Nurse Educator
  317. Forum Highlights Student Counselling Services
  318. SQU This Week
  319. Forum Highlights Machine Learning in Remote Sensing
  320. New Book Explores Link between Food and Huntington’s disease
  321. Majors Fair 2018: Spotlight on 60 Academic Majors
  322. UNESCO-APCEIU Chief Visits SQU
  323. Oman Does Exceedingly Well in Student Exchange
  324. THE: SQU Enters World’s Top Universities’ List
  325. SQU This Week
  326. SQU Hosts Dinner in Honor of New Staff
  327. CEPS Gets One Step Closer to Accreditation
  328. SQU, NRAA Approve Private Records Management System
  329. Forum Highlights Remote Sensing Applications in Physical Oceanography
  330. SQU, Starcare Hospital Join Hands for Nursing Training, Research
  331. SQU, University of Nizwa Prepare for Conference on Frankincense
  332. SQU This Week
  333. SQU, Oman Munition Production Company Sign Cooperation Program
  334. The Sultanate, Represented by SQU, Joins UNESCO IGCP
  335. Bioethics Committee Discusses International Legislation on Paternity
  336. DPS Holds Orientation Day for New Postgraduate Students 
  337. Career Guidance: SQU, Ooredoo Sign Cooperation Program
  338. Nanotechnology Helps Extend Shelf Life of Local Vegetables
  339. A New Centre for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  340. Student Council Election: Nominations Open on 10 Sept
  341. SQU, ‘be’ah’ Join Hands to Set up Reuse Centre
  342. Experts Lead SQU Training Course on Sustainable Energy
  343. Conference on Frankincense and Medicinal Plants in October
  344. SQU This Week
  345. SQU and Petrofac sign Sponsorship Agreement
  346. Ways to Make Farming More Sustainable
  347. SQU Marks Renaissance Day
  348. Ways to Make Math Fun for Kids
  349. Prerequisites for Significant Learning
  350. Omani Studies Centre Team Visits Brunei
  351. Conference to Address Research Management
  352. Cooperation Program to Promote Date Palm Sector in Oman
  353. SQU, Orpic Sign LoA for Funding Engineering Design Lab
  354. Dead Zones of the Western Arabian Sea
  355. Conference to Address All Aspects of Unmanned Vehicle Systems
  356. SQU Gets Patent for New Antimicrobial Formula
  357. SQU Council Approves Center for Innovation & Technology Transfer
  358. SQU Signs Cooperation Agreement with Muscat Securities Market
  359. Information Systems Students ‘Capture’ the Cybersecurity Flag
  360. SQU This Week
  361. SQU, Al Buraimi Solar Energy Systems Sign Cooperation Program
  362. SQU, Oman Oil Marketing Company Sign Sponsorship Agreement
  363. “Anwaar Ramadhan” Exhibition Features Pics of the Past
  364. Association of Arab Universities Executive Council Meets at SQU
  365. CAMS Academic’s Book Deals with Food Microbial Analyses
  366. SQU This Week
  367. Forum on Future Media Discusses Media Sector Challenges
  368. SQU This Week
  369. SQU Hosts Pearl Initiative Award Ceremony
  370. Huge Enthusiasm for Blockchain Technology in Oman
  371. First Phase of Solar Parking Shades Opened
  372. MSF Students Visit Oman Aquarium Project
  373. Nursing Students Urge Evidence-based Maternity Care Practice
  374. Project Examines Population Structures of Spiny Lobster along Oman’s Coastline
  375. Workshop Sheds Light on “Integration of Technology into Nursing Education”
  376. New Patent for Invention based on “Therapeutic Composition for Treating Gangrene”
  377. SQU This Week
  378. HMTF Projects 2018 Announced
  379. 18th SQU Day Celebrated with Grandeur
  380. SQU Signs Research Cooperation Program with OAPGRC
  381. SQU Organizes First Aid Workshop for School Children
  382. New Assessment Unit Facility at CPS
  383. Statistics to become Independent Department at SQU
  384. Dr. Mona Al Said Receives Charles University’s Gold Medal
  385. SQU This Week
  386. ELT Conference Addresses Current Perspectives, Trends and Challenges
  387. Workshop Highlights Nutritional Antioxidants Therapy
  388. Academics Co-edit Volume on Cancer Prevention and Treatments
  389. Power Station and Transmission Lab Opened
  390. Conference Focuses on Law, Economic and Social Transformations
  391. SQU Marks Biomedical Laboratory Science Day
  392. SQU, RUDN University to Boost Ties
  393. Commercially Valuable Bioproducts from Waste Paper
  394. Forum Highlights Role of Information Specialists in Smart Society
  395. IS Department Holds Industry Advisory Board Meeting
  396. SQU This Week
  397. Jordanian NDC Delegation visits SQU
  398. The Earthquake Monitoring Center and Seismic Hazard Studies in the Sultanate
  399. Research Workshops and Training Held
  400. The Story of a Lighting Revolution
  401. Patent for “Method of Making an Ajwa Date-Based Treatment for Snake Envenomation”
  402. SQU Holds the First Students’ Conference for Scientific Research
  403. Engineering Students Projects on Display
  404. SQU Hosts National Conference on Civil & Architectural Engineering
  405. SQU, Ministry Mark World Water Day 2018
  406. Forum Deliberates Business Intelligence and Big Data Analysis
  407. SQU-Ministry of Higher Education Joint Committee Meets
  408. Forum Addresses Soil System as Foundation of Food Security
  409. Framework for Making Oman an Innovation Hub
  410. CETL Official Opening Held
  411. SQU, University of Nizwa to Enhance Ties
  412. SQU This Week
  413. SQU Receives Egyptian Minister of Higher Education
  414. SQU Team Wins Robot Championship
  415. Conference Discusses Risk Management Practices
  416. Institutional Accreditation
  417. SQU This Week
  418. SQU Launches its New Media Identity
  419. Neuroprotective Effects of Plant Extracts
  420. Technical Festival Features 20 ICT Projects
  421. ICT Accessibility: Oman Well-positioned to Continue Playing a Leading Role
  422. SQU Team Makes Breakthrough in Breast Cancer Research
  423. Sensor-activated Taps Most Effective for Saving Water
  424. Study Underscores the Need for Stronger School-University Partnerships
  425. Study Identifies Factors Impeding Entrepreneurial Growth in Oman
  426. OCMB Hosts Frontiers in Marine Biotechnology Conference
  427. SQU Council Approves Master’s Program in Psychological Counselling
  428. Nursing Conference Focuses on Technology and Innovation
  429. Microbial Fuel Cells: A Promising Energy Source
  430. Researcher Prepares Database of Aquatic Plants in Wadis
  431. Blended Learning Approach Can Tackle Transitional Academic Challenges
  432. Medical Research Centre to Focus on Themes Relevant to Oman

Educational partnership between schools and higher education institutions has become an important tool towards enhancing students’ achievement levels in both contexts and increasing students’ college readiness level. It has also been identified as one key element of educational reform. In a paper published in the International Educational Studies journal (Vol. 10, No. 3; 2017), Dr. Fawzia Al Seyabi from the College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, reviewed a number of models of school-university partnership from different parts of the world. The paper presents the results of a study that investigated- among other things- the views of 749 school students and 68 school teachers on the topic of school-university partnership. The paper provides a summary of participants’ suggestions on how best to create better progression between EFL syllabuses in both contexts: post-basic schools and foundation programs in Omani universities, with particular reference to the teaching/learning of EFL reading and writing.
Worldwide, schools and universities together play a very important role in building the human being. Schools have the premise of helping students gain the skills and competencies that would be handful for whatever college and/or career path they get to choose. Similarly, universities have the premise of preparing their graduates to become professionally and socially responsible citizens who are capable of being engaged in both contemporary and future concerns of their societies. Studies from various parts of the world have pointed to the existence of a “great divide” between secondary schools and higher education. To help address this gap, educational partnership between schools and higher education institutions has become a necessity towards enhancing students’ achievement levels at both contexts and increasing students’ college readiness level. It has also been identified as one key element of educational reform.
The Omani Context
Since its renaissance in 1970, Oman has made giant strides in the field of education. From three schools built in 1970 to accommodate 909 students (all males), the number of schools scattered in all educational governorates in Oman has now reached 1077 and is in the increase. The Omani government believes that diversification of the economy depends on human resource development through higher education. With almost 45% of the population below the age of 25, there is both an increasing student demand and an increasing national commitment for access to higher education. Since the establishment of the first, and so far the only, national university –Sultan Qaboos University- in 1986, higher education in Oman has come a long way.
There are now not less than 54 higher education institutions covering different fields and specializations. There is a rapid provision of access to universities and other forms of higher education institutions such as the Colleges of Applied Sciences, the Colleges of Technology and the Institutes of Health Sciences. The private sector of higher education has also undergone steady growth in the last few decades.
There are now 28 private higher education institutions in Oman. Parallel developments were also taking place in the general education school system. However, a number of studies conducted in the Omani context –similar to other contexts-have reported that the students accepted into higher education institutions are not “college ready” and that their high scores from schools do not truly indicate a high level of abilities and skills. Students seem to be having problems with their transition from school to higher education institutions. Studies that examine this issue and explore how bridges can be built between the two educational systems are highly needed in the Omani educational context.
Dr. Fauzia Al Seyabi’s research sheds light on the importance of establishing partnerships between schools and universities in order to help bridge the gap and build the “divide” that often exists between the two educational contexts. The study presents a number of school-university partnership approaches from different parts of the world and shows how this partnership can address different aspects such as curriculum, collaborative research, study skills and teacher mentoring and professional development.
Students and teachers participating in the study made various suggestions on how links could be established between schools and universities in their Omani context. Students’ suggestions focused on three main themes, which were the need for orientation programs, exchange visits and collaboration at the administrative level in issues relevant to curriculum. Teachers too were more concerned with curriculum; most of their suggestions centered on creating change in the reading and writing curriculum and alignment between the school English curriculum and that of foundation programs in universities.
Most of the suggestions that teachers and students made are not part of the current practice. The present paper argues that adopting some or all of these suggestions might have significant implications towards building sustainable channels of communication between the two educational contexts and smoothing the transition of Omani post-basic school students into colleges and universities. Dr. Al Seyabi says that whatever approach institutions choose to adopt, it is very important that it acknowledges the reality, or indeed the multiple realities that surround it so that challenges can be identified and addressed to help this partnership succeed. More importantly, an effective and successful partnership is expected to be a sustainable effort, one that does not involve a specific need on the part of the school or the higher education institution but rather one that aims to yield long term or systemic change.


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