Presentation on theme: "Sultanate of Oman November"— Presentation transcript:
1 Sultanate of Oman November - 2013 The Outcome of the Partnership between Staffordshire University - UK and Gulf College - Oman 2003 – 2013Dr. Issa Al BulushiChairman and CEOGulf College, OmanProf. Taki Al AbduwaniDeanGulf College, OmanNovember
2 The Speaker Prof. Taki has been the Dean of Gulf College since 2004. He is the external reviewer of Oman Academic Accreditation Authority, Reviewer in The Research Council, Oman, he is also the Chair of the Executive Committee of the Oman Quality Network for Higher Education.PhD Degree in Education from University of Reading, UK. His thesis was on assessing the role of the soft component of human capital theory and explains the differences in soft skill endowment in Oman.He was awarded the Honorary Professorship by the International University of Vienna during the Oxford Summit of Leaders which was held during March 2010.
3 Today's Presentation will cover About OmanHistory of Gulf CollegeQuality Monitoring by internal and External bodiesAffiliation arrangements with Staffordshire UniversityThe outcome of the partnership (9 areas), focus areas for today’s presentation will beStaff research and consultancyIndustry and community engagementGulf College new campusQuestion and answer session
4 About Oman Area: 309,500 Square Kilometre Population: 3.8 Million 2013, of this,2.2mn Omanis, and1.6mn expatriatesCapital: MuscatOfficial language: Arabic language (English language spoken widely).Time: Four hours ahead of GMT.Currency: RO.1 = US$2.6 (0.385 Baiza = US$ 1)Weather: Hot and Humid in summer and moderate in winterPopulation Growth Average: 6.4%Life Expectancy: 72 Years
5 About Oman Coastline - 1700 kms long Heritage, castles, valleys, Green mountainsSea turtlesDesertsTraditional andModern buildingsAnd souqsGood hotels and tourist attractions
6 History of Gulf College 2014New Campus (8000 student capacity)Approval from Ministry of Higher Education Oman to upgrade the status to a Higher Education College, offering 10 different undergraduate programmes in-addition to the two postgraduate programmes which were already in place.20031997Managing the first privatised College in GCC (Kingdom of Bahrain)The first MBA programme offered in Oman through a private institution19961990Establishment of the set-up offering vocational and professional qualifications.The partnership has started since then.
7 ADRI Model Quality Monitoring by internal and External bodies ApproachDeploymentResultsImprovementsMinistry of Higher Education, OmanStaffordshire University, UKGulf CollegeOman Academic Accreditation AuthorityQuality Assurance Agency, UKSource: OAAAInternal Review of the System (results in a Quality Audit Portfolio)External Review of the System (results in a Quality Audit Report)
8 Semester review - Working Groups - College Board Quality ReviewsInternal ReviewSemester review - Working Groups - College BoardInternalIPA Semester visit reports for each FacultySemester Reports by the External ExaminersUniversitySelf Evaluation every 5 years by Staffordshire UniversityAnnual Review by Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE)MOHEQuality Audit by Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA)- every 4 yearsOAAAInstitutional Standards Assessment by Oman Academic Accreditation Authority - every 4 yearsPrograms Standards Assessment by Oman Academic Accreditation Authority - every 4 years
9 Affiliation arrangements with Staffordshire University RelationshipQuality AssuredSU examiners visitGulf College certificateFranchiseVisits from examiners fromother UK UniversitiesSU certificateIn ProgressInternational Foundation ProgrammeHonours Degree ProgrammeMasters Degree Programme
10 The Awards Business Awards Computing Awards BA(Hons) Accounting BA(Hons) Business EconomicsBA(Hons) Business ManagementBA(Hons) FinanceBA(Hons) Marketing ManagementBA(Hons) Travel and Tourism ManagementComputing AwardsBSc(Hons) Computer ScienceBSc(Hons) Computing ScienceBSc(Hons) Information SystemsBSc(Hons) Mobile Computing
11 OutcomeThe QualityQuality is assured by Staffordshire University in accordance with UK Higher Education requirementsAccess to staff, IT resources, books, e-librarySame curriculum, assessments (localised)Same language, same examination processSame rules for awarding qualificationsAccess to personal helpAlso checked by the Ministry of Higher Education, Oman and the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority.
13 Credit Transfer OMAN OMAN UK Level 4 120 credits Level 5 120 credits
14 Credit Transfer OMAN Other Country UK Level 4 120 credits Level 5
15 Credit Transfer OMAN OMAN Other UK University Level 4 120 credits
16 Details of the other seven areas can be downloaded from the report The Outcome (9 Areas)Governance and managementStudent learning by coursework programsStudent learning by research programsStaff research and consultancyIndustry and community engagementAcademic support servicesStudents and student support servicesStaff and staff support servicesGeneral support services and facilitiesDetails of the other seven areas can be downloaded from the reportSource : OAAA Audit Report –
17 Staff research and consultancy The GC research strategy revolves around the cultivation of new knowledge and its dissemination and development of research capability of staff and students.The vision for GC is to become a leading research centre in the Sultanate of Oman through the following objectives:To establish research grounds and to enhance the students' analytical skills and provide spin-off initiative ideas to conduct research on incentive basis.Source : OAAA Audit Report –
18 Staff research and consultancy To provide opportunities for the entrepreneurs through cultivation of knowledge and creating links between the higher education providers and the industries.To improve the research capability of the faculty and the students of the college to match international standardsTo achieve the percentage set for each level of the academic jobs as per the college academic ranking policy. This is summarised below:Professor 5%Reader 10%Principal Lecturer 15%Lecturer 30%Assistant Lecturer 40%Source : OAAA Audit Report –
19 Staff research and consultancy To create an environment that inspires and enables innovative research and scholarship.To disseminate research findings effectively through publications, faculty exchanges, workshops, seminars and conferences locally and internationally.To ensure that the outputs of research conducted at the college benefits the society and the economy through effective knowledge transfer and appropriate management of intellectual propertyTo develop viable portfolios of activities from research like project consultancy and project management.Source : OAAA Audit Report –
20 Staff research and consultancy Focus Areas Active participation by staff and students in research activities such as workshops and seminars; conduct of surveys and undertaking research projects and publications in refereed journals.Conduct regular Research workshops (research methodology, research proposals and research publications) to help the researcher to analyse local problems in a scientific way and contribute to creative thinking and innovativeness.Joint publications by faculty, students and the industry.Enhancement of college’s research and enterprise activities.Developing soft skills of the students and their employability.Source : OAAA Audit Report –
21 Staff research and consultancy Implementation Establishment of the Centre for Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CRIE)Appointment of the Deputy Dean for Academic and ResearchAppointment of three Research Coordinators (one for each faculty)Annual implementation plan based on the approved research strategyAwareness campaigns to enlighten the local community of the research activities in the college.Strengthen the employment opportunities of the students focusing on employability and soft skillsSource : OAAA Audit Report –
22 Industry and Community Engagement Each faculty produces annual activity calendar to enhance relationship with Industry, Community, Employers, Professions, Alumni and Other Education Providers, this include activities such as:-Participation in local and international events focused on humanitarian, health and environment aspectsSource : OAAA Audit Report –
23 Industry and Community Engagement Support various Government programmes like Blood Donation, H1N1 Campaign, beach cleaning programme and others which are beneficial for the people of Oman and its community.Organise and sponsor various sports, craft and hobbiesOffer free training and seminars on Career Development for its students and to the general publicSource : OAAA Audit Report –
24 Industry and Community Engagement Facilitates the processing of applications of its graduates to industries and companies both for training and employment.Employer survey to assess employers’ needs.Source : OAAA Audit Report –
25 External Audit Report Outcomes Prior to the audit visit, the panel invited submissions from the public about the quality of GC’s activities.Audit visit took place over April 2011During the audit the panel spoke with over 90 people including representatives of the governing authorities, staff, students, and external stakeholdersSource : OAAA Audit Report –
26 Audit Panel Members Prof. Debbie Clayton (Panel Chairperson) Clayton International Education Consulting ServiceBrisbane, Australia2. Dr. Ahmed Al BulushiCaledonian College of Engineering, Muscat, Oman3. Dr. Ammar Al OjailiSalalah College of Technology, Salalah, Oman4. Dr. Elizabeth StanleyHigher Education Consultant, Colorado, USA5. Prof. Gus PenningtonIndependent Consultant, UK6. Tess Goodliffe (Executive Officer)Oman Academic Accreditation AuthoritySource : OAAA Audit Report –
27 Commendations – 4 Affirmations – 10 Recommendations – 24 Audit Outcome For details you can visit :
28 CommendationsDeveloping an affiliation agreement with SU which underpins Quality Assurance of the UG programmes offeredRobust moderation of assessment to ensure consistency of standards in UG programmesFlexibility in timetabling, opening hours, payment schedules & responsiveness to studentsDeveloping and implementing an effective staff induction programme10 affirmations & 24 recommendations can be accessed from the audit report –Source : OAAA Audit Report –
29 Gulf College New Campus Land : square metres4 floorsBuilding area : square metres8000 students capacity
31 Question and Answer Session Any further clarification needed from today’s presentationHow can we work together to overcome the future challengesHow can we work together towardssharing the good practicesbenchmarkingpeer observations (different partners of SU)cultural activities and student exchangejoint researchProf. Taki Al AbduwaniThanks
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