OQ Company, the Ministry of Education (MoE) and Jusoor Foundation signed on Wednesday a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) to manage and operate Liwa Science and Innovation Centre, which is one of the community investment projects executed through Jusoor Foundation, the non-profit Social Responsibility arm of Sohar Aluminium, Vale and OQ.
As per the MoC, the ministry represented by the Directorate General of Education in North Batina Governorate will be responsible for the operation and management of the facilities of Liwa Science and Innovation Center.
The MoC terms includes the formation of the supervisory committee of the centre that will supervise the management and operation of the centre’s facilities. This committee, which will be chaired by the director general of the Directorate General of Education in North Batina Governorate, will also handle the approval of work plans and maintenance for the centre and its various facilities, and will provide administrative and technical staff for the operation of the centre’s facilities, including the Innovation Hall, Planetarium and Learning Resource Centre.
“OQ is keen to strengthen capabilities and develop competencies in the science and innovation areas, and equip the educational field and the local community with the latest relevant scientific developments, in order to align with the aspirations of Oman Vision 2040 that has been stressed upon by the Royal Speech of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik.
As a translation of the HM’s directives to place research and innovation as top national priorities, we are executing a number of centres for science and innovation in Liwa, as well as Buraimi and Dhahira Governorates, within the corporate social responsibility programme through Jusoor Foundation,” said D Hilal bin Abdullah al Hinai, advisor to the CEO of the Refineries and Petrochemicals at OQ.
“Signing the MoC means the actual launch of the services of the Centre to activate its facilities and objectives for the benefit of the local community,” Dr Hinai added.
According to Dr Ali bin Nasser al Harrasi, director general of Education at North Batina, the Liwa Centre will reflect the recommendations of the Fourth Industrial Revolution Conference, held by the North Batinah Governorate last year. “It will be an educational destination through which students can get hands-on-experience to apply what they learn theoretically at schools.
It will also be a place to experience science and arouse passion among students and the local community to modern knowledge and technologies. In addition, the centre is expected to play a pivotal role for the support and encouragement of scientific knowledge, and will enhance the national identity through the workshops and cultural forums that the centre will be implementing. The centre contains a learning resource centre and an equipped multi-purpose hall that can accommodate up to around 500 people,” Dr Harrasi said.
The MoC was signed by Dr Harrasi, who is also the Wali of Sohar, Sheikh Ali bin Ahmed bin Mashari al Shamsi, Acting Governor of North Batinah and chairman of the Board of Directors of Jusoor, besides Dr Hinai.
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