The Military Technological College (MTC), Oman’s first such institute, will open in September this year, under the patronage of the Ministry of Defence.
The college will aim at preparing technicians in the engineering fields that serve the armed forces' requirements and provide military training programmes.
The academy will be located in Seeb opposite Muscat International Airport and adjacent to Muaskar al Murtafia.
It will accommodate up to 1,000 students per year.
“There are prerequisites for students to obtain admission,” said Capt Salim al Mugheiry, acting head of the MTC project. They need to have a general diploma or an equivalent as per standards issued by the Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC). Students can choose the service they want to join and need specify their major.”
He added that the study programme at MTC will span over five years, but only the top 20 per cent students from the fourth year will be eligible to move to the final year.
“Each year will consist of three semesters and after completing four years, students will be awarded a higher diploma. Twenty per cent of the top scorers will be eligible to complete the fifth year and will be given a bachelor’s degree. However all the students will be placed with the Ministry of Defence for ten years after graduation,” Capt Mugheiry said.
“Further, the students are also required to undergo basic military training to ensure high discipline and physical fitness,” he added.
The programmes offered are civil engineering, marine engineering, aeronautical engineering and system engineering. MTC is academically associated with the University of Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK. “The academy will provide basic facilities such as food, free accommodation and give certain allowances,” Capt Mugheiry added.
MTC is exclusive to Omanis and due to restricted facilities only male students can apply for admissions this year.