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

Dr. Jokha Mohammed Al Harthi, became the first female Omani novelist, to win the Man Booker International prize for her novel Celestial Bodies, the award committee has informed on Wednesday, 22 May 2019. Al Harthi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Arabic Language & Literature of the College of Arts & Social Sciences at SQU. She studied classical Arabic poetry at Edinburgh University. Al Harthi, the OMR25,000 award’s first winner to write in Arabic, shares the prize equally with her translator, American academic Marilyn Booth.

The book Celestial Bodies tells of family connections and history in the coming-of-age account of three Omani sisters. It is set against the backdrop of an evolving Oman, which is slowly redefining itself after the colonial era, at the crossroads of its complex present.

The Guardian commented that its “glimpses into a culture relatively little known in the west are fascinating’ and The National said ‘it mark[s] the arrival of a major literary talent… a densely woven, deeply imagined tour de force.”

Celestial Bodies was selected by a panel of five judges, chaired by Bettany Hughes, award-winning historian, author and broadcaster, and made up of writer, translator and chair of English PEN Maureen Freely; philosopher Professor Angie Hobbs; novelist and satirist Elnathan John and essayist and novelist Pankaj Mishra.

Chair of judges for the prize, historian Bettany Hughes said: “Through the different tentacles of people’s lives and loves and losses we come to learn about this society – all its degrees, from the very poorest of the slave families working there to those making money through the advent of a new wealth in Oman and Muscat. It starts in a room and ends in a world.

“We felt we were getting access to ideas and thoughts and experiences you aren’t normally given in English. It avoids every stereotype you might expect in its analysis of gender and race and social distinction and slavery. There are surprises throughout. We fell in love with it.”

Celestial Bodies was selected from an almost entirely female and independently published shortlist to win the award, which goes to the finest work of translated fiction from around the world. Al Harthi saw off competition from writers including former winner Olga Tokarczuk, acclaimed French author Annie Ernaux and Colombia’s Juan Gabriel Vásquez.

Hughes said the judges had loved “the subtle artistry” of Al Harthi’s novel. “It’s less flamboyant than some of the other books, there’s a kind of poetic cunning to it. It starts feeling like a domestic drama in a fascinating world, but with the layers of philosophy, psychology and poetry, you are drawn into the prose, through the relationship between the characters. It encouraged us to read in a slightly different way.”

In an interview after the novel was longlisted, Booth said she was delighted that the award was bringing Omani literature to the attention of a wider audience. But she added that Arabic fiction had a tendency to be seen as “a road map to the Arab world rather than first and foremost as art, as imaginative writing, pushing the boundaries of what can be thought and said”.

“What one really learns here ‘about the Arab world’ is that there are amazing fictionalists … throughout the region, not only in the better-known hubs of literary creation such as Egypt, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco and many other places, but in a country that is less literarily mapped, like Oman,” said Booth. “And perhaps what one learns most is how alike they are in their dailiness, human exchange and emotions, and how societies that might appear so different are really so very much alike.”

Celestial Bodies is published by Inverness’s Sandstone Press and is its first venture into Arabic literature. Al Harthi, who has written two other novels, two short-story collections and a children’s book, and has been translated into languages including German, Italian, Korean and Serbian, said she hoped Celestial Bodies would help “international readers discover that Oman has an active and talented writing community who live and work for their art”.

Before learning she had won, the author added: “They take on sacrifices and struggles and find joy in writing, or in art, much the same way as anywhere else. This is something the whole world has in common. Omanis, through their writing, invite others to look at Oman with an open mind and heart. No matter where you are, love, loss, friendship, pain and hope are the same feelings and humanity still has a lot of work to do to believe in this truth.”


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