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Higher Education Law sets high standards: Minister

8 May 2023

Muscat – The Higher Education Law, which was promulgated by a Royal Decree on Thursday, constitutes one of the most important mechanisms and tools to regulate higher education in Oman.

This was stated by H E Dr Rahma Ibrahim al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, while affirming that the law applies to all academic, vocational, technical and professional fields in line with the National Qualifications Framework.

“The Higher Education Law corresponds to the future goals of Oman Vision 2040 and supports its implementation. It figures high among the top priorities of Oman Vision 2040, which views education, research and development of national competencies as pillars for the development of individuals and the society at large,” she said.

“This approach is undertaken within a strategic plan designed to implement a comprehensive and sustainable system of education, learning and research that leads to the realisation of a knowledge-based society.”

H E Dr Rahma pointed out that the law deals with all the regulations and functions of higher education institutions in terms of establishment, specialisations, programmes, quality, scholarships and other mechanisms aimed at consolidating the higher education system in Oman.

The minister explained that the law was drafted after consulting laws and regulations in Oman, as well as models of such statutes applied in other countries. “When the law was being drafted, emphasis was laid on its sustainability and its ability to accommodate all related provisions cited in executive and organisational regulations/bylaws.”

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