Oman’s ambitious project, the cross-service Military Technological College (MTC) is all set to welcome the first 1,000 students in September this year. It has signed an agreement with the University of Portsmouth as its academic partner for overseeing the development of four engineering degree courses for up to 4,200 students. The Faculty of Technology at the university will be involved in the development of MTC from the outset.
Several universities in the UK and Europe were shortlisted before the contract was awarded to University of Portsmouth. The university has a successful track record in accrediting education and training of military engineers at HMS Collingwood, HMS Sultan and DSEME Arborfield.
Professor Djamel Ait-Boud-aoud, dean of the Faculty of Technology at University of Portsmouth, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for the university to be involved in such a significant project right from the start. We look forward to working with our colleagues in Oman to help build the future for the education and training of military engineers.”
Wing Commander Nasser bin Khamis al Suwaidi, the head of the Omani delegation to the university, said, “This project is a milestone for the Ministry of Defence and Oman itself, in providing students with international recognition. MTC chose the British varsity as its partner institution because of the university’s strong reputation, its long history in validating military-aligned programmes and its continuous professional accreditation record.”
MTC will offer education and training for the Omani armed forces and Ministry of Defence engineering services. Students will study for a BEng (Hons) degree. Students can look forward to achieving recognition from the professional engineering bodies, and international civil EASA 66 licences for aeronautical engineering students.
The contract will begin with a development phase, where the university will provide academic guidance in developing the courses and gaining approval. The second phase will be to ensure the programmes are run successfully
A lecturer from the university will spend two years at the military college to oversee the initial development of the programmes.