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Ministry, Madayn tie up for research and innovation

26 Sep 2020

The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has signed an agreement with the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates – Madayn – to boost cooperation in various fields that serve education, scientific research and innovation. 

The agreement was signed by H E Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim al Mahrouqiyah, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Hilal bin Hamad al Hasani, chief executive officer of Madayn. 

The agreement aims at developing joint plans to link the outputs of higher education institutions with the investing companies in the industrial cities of Madayn. This will strengthen integration between the current and future development plans of the industrial cities and the fields of higher education, scientific research and innovation. 

The agreement will also play a role in developing the curricula of higher education institutions in various fileds of specialisation that are linked with the needs of the sector and the companies in the industrial cities.

As per the agreement, Madayn will provide training opportunities in the industrial cities for undergraduates and vocational college students. 

The agreement also aspires to enhance the exchange of consultation and expertise to support the development of scientific research and innovation in industry, and adopt the results and outputs of innovative and viable research and project ideas and transform them into investment projects and opportunities. 

Minister visits Nizwa Industrial City

Following the signing of the agreement, H E Dr Rahma toured Nizwa Industrial City.

She was accompanied by H E Dr Muna bint Salim al Jardaniyah, Undersecretary for Vocational Training in the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation; H E Dr Bakhait bin Ahmed al Mahri, the ministry’s Undersecretary for Higher Education; H E Dr Saif bin Abdullah al Haddabi, Undersecretary for Research and Innovation, and Madayn’s CEO Hasani. 

Their visit to the industrial citywas aimed at exploring cooperation opportunities in scientific research, innovation, and technical and vocational training in the industrial cities.

During the visit, Eng Saleh bin Salman al Abri, director general of Nizwa Industrial City, informed that the total investment volume of Nizwa Industrial City  exceeded RO369mn during the first half of 2020, marking a growth rate of 1.13 per cent compared to the same period in 2019. 

The workforce strength in the industrial city has reached 6,100 and the total area of the facility has surpassed 3mn sq m. The number of projects in Nizwa crossed 150 at the end of the first half of the current year, of which 128 are operating, ten are under construction and 12 projects have been allotted space. 

Eng Abri elaborated that Madayn is currently working on implementing several projects at Nizwa Industrial City, which include expansion of phases 3 and 4 on an area of 1mn sq m. 

During her visit to Nizwa Industrial City, H E Dr Rahma visited the Al Anwar Ceramic Tiles, Sledgehammer Gulf and Gulf Energy facilities. 


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