Arab Open University celebrated the laying of the foundation stone for the university’s building in Oman on Monday.
To be constructed in Ma’abela in the wilayat of Seeb, the university will represent a valuable addition to higher education projects in the sultanate.
The foundation stone laying event was patronised by Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim bin Said al Mahrouqiyah, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, in the presence of Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal al Saud, chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees, Prof Dr Muhammad al Zakri, president of the University in the Arab World, and Sheikh Ahmed bin Abdullah al Hawqani, CEO of Gulf International Construction, the project’s executor.
In a speech, Dr Moosa bin Abdullah al Kindi, the university’s director in Oman, said, “Nations are promoted by knowledge and work. As His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik has called us to join efforts to build Oman and continue its blessed renaissance, here is the Arab Open University in the sultanate, since it opened its doors in March 2008 promoting development of Oman. The university continues to take the hands of those who wish to develop their future and make their lives better and also those who have not had an opportunity in other institutions, to build a society of science and knowledge in our beloved country.”
Dr Kindi said that more than 11,000 students have been received by the university since its inception in order to go into higher education, and that 2,917 have graduated from the various levels and disciplines offered by the university.