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MoHERI launches ‘We are Oman’ award for excellence in higher education

3 Dec 2023

Muscat – The Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI) announced an award called ‘We are Oman’ for the academic year 2023/2024 on Sunday. The award aims to empower and educate students in higher education. 

This initiative, part of a national project, is designed to guide students to effectively utilise their talent in various scientific, social, industrial, humanitarian and environmental spheres.

Inaugurated by Dr Khamis bin Saif al Jabri, head of Oman Vision 2040 Implementation Follow-up Unit, and H E Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the award launch ceremony underscored the importance of higher education in shaping conscious and capable individuals. 

Dr Maryam bint Belarab al Nabhani, Director General of Private Universities and Colleges, informed that the award aligns with the Royal Directives of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik and focuses on instilling national pride and reinforcing Omani identity and values.

The ‘We are Oman’ award encourages active student participation through interactions, exchange of ideas and skill development in adherence to Oman Vision 2040. It aims to harness and direct the capabilities and aspirations of university students, contribute to national service and build well-round individuals, while preserving Omani identity and culture.

The annual competition, supervised by MoHERI, targets higher education institutions and students in Oman, recognising the importance of student activities in honing skills and fostering success at various levels. The award encourages competition among institutions in organising student events and activities, adhering to the ‘We are Oman’ programme’s recommendations.

The award spans multiple categories, including the best higher education institution for implementing the award programme and the ‘We are Oman’ award for students, covering literary, artistic, media creativity, innovation, volunteer work, Sustainable Development Goals and more fields. The award not only emphasises academic excellence but also instills national pride and identity, originality and creativity among higher education students.

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