Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), the sultanate’s first and only oil and gas/energy society, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to support the conduct of COVID-19 tests for students abroad for the academic year 2020/21.
As per a statement, the agreement comes within the framework of OPAL’s efforts to support a programme presented to the community and the competent authorities during the pandemic period.
The agreement was signed by H E Dr Bakhit bin Ahmed bin Suhail a Mahri, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, and Abdulrahman bin Humaid al Yahyaei, CEO of OPAL.
The agreement aims to provide free tests for 650 male and female scholarship students who are abroad according to the lists specified by the ministry.
Commenting on the signing of the agreement, H E Dr Mahri pointed out the importance of the role of private sector institutions in supporting the ministry’s efforts to provide basic services to students to face the exceptional circumstances that the country and the world are witnessing in light of the spread of COVID-19.
On the occasion, Yahyaei affirmed OPAL’s constant keenness to support all categories of society.
He added, “The agreement between OPAL and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation is an extension of OPAL’s continuous determination to support the national efforts of the sultanate in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and helping the concerned authorities contribute to easing the burden on the nation. We are undoubtedly very happy to provide this support to students on scholarships who study outside the sultanate.”