Occidental Oman recently signed an agreement with Emerging Global Technologies Company (ETCO) to develop a national educational and entrepreneurial programme focusing on frontier technologies. The programme, named Dot NXT (.nxt), will be developed and implemented by ETCO and targets higher education students, job seekers, and graduates across the country.
The agreement was signed by Stephen Kelly, president and general manager of Occidental Oman and Eng Azzan bin Abdullah al Mamari, acting CEO of ETCO.
The .nxtprogramme is comprised of two main tracks, one of which is directed at students studying in institutions of higher education in technical specialisations. The track aims to provide the students with additional skills in frontier technologies and entrepreneurship, through short workshops and online education.
The second track is directed at fresh graduates, in order to bridge the gap between their academic knowledge. This will be done through skill-building workshops and online technical courses.
The programme culminates with an intensive summer boot camp where selected participants from both tracks receive further training, coaching and mentoring while competing as groups with business ideas in frontier technologies. The programme also aims to attract and sponsor innovative projects locally and internationally.
“We are proud to sponsor this one-of-a-kind programme, which aims to equip college students, graduates, and job seekers across the sultanate with cutting-edge knowledge and skills in frontier technologies. Occidental Oman places innovation as a fundamental pillar of our social responsibility goals, and we believe that investing in youth development is key to advancing economic growth in the country,” Kelly said.
“The programme builds on the company’s existing commitment to national capacity development, as we continue to support job seekers with internship programmes, on-the-job training, and other specialisedprogrammes,” he added.
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