Sultan Qaboos University

Sultan Qaboos University

Sultan Qaboos University is the realization of the promise announced by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said during the 10th anniversary of Oman’s National Day in 1980. Construction started in 1982 and the first Sultan Qaboos University students were enrolled in 1986. In accordance with the Royal Directives of His Majesty, The University commenced with five colleges; namely Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Education and Science. Furthermore, the College of Arts was established in 1987, following the College of Commerce and Economics which was developed in 1993. The College of Law joined the University in 2006 and finally the College of Nursing was established in 2008.During the design period, the University landscaping was carefully considered, the original plantings have since become verdant gardens and flower beds. The plantings include species, native to Oman and other Gulf regions, that grow and flourish in an arid environment. The landscaping provides shade from the sun, shelter against the wind, and splendid display of colour from flowers and foliage throughout the year. the Vision of our university is to continue its national leading role in higher education and community service and to be internationally recognized for innovative research, quality of its graduates, and strategic partnerships. Our mission is to excel in teaching and learning, research and innovation, and community service by promoting the principles of scientific analysis and creative thinking in a collegial and stimulating environment and to participate in the production, development and dissemination of knowledge and interact with national and international communities. In research our university is focused on conducting research and studies, both theoretical and applied, to serve the community and contribute to the generation of scientific solution to social and economic problems.Research linked to the Sultanate’s comprehensive development plans and social vision. And the preparation of Omani scientists, researchers and experts capable of undertaking organized, systematic and innovative work in diverse areas of science, arts and technology. The university and since establishment, has been working on different research areas that covers different scientific areas including climate change, water and the environment.

The University has nine research centres, fully equipped and operational to provide our department with needed support, the research centres are also backed with support centres of broader scope themes e.g. information technology, educational and training support. The Communication and Information Research Centre (CIRC) was established in 2002 with a mission to promote and enhance research and education through Government/University /Industry partnerships in focused and shared competitive ICT research programs.The CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES AND RESEARCH (CESAR) is organized and designed around five interdisciplinary collaborative research areas:
1- Ecosystems Sustainability
2- Climate Change and Atmospheric Sciences
3- Environmental Pollution
4- Environmental Hazards
5- Urban Sprawl and Green Initiatives

Water research centre is fully equipped to deal with serious threat from pollution due to oil-spills on the ground, saltwater intrusion due to excessive pumping and contamination arising from the mining and agricultural operations. In addition to oil-related pollution due to ballast water and other operational discharges from ships passing through the Gulf of Oman. A high degree of coastal pollution not only affects the aquatic life, but also has implications on the availability of desalinated water.

Remote sensing and geographic information system (GIS) Centre works on technologies for ecosystem analysis, evaluation, and monitoring. Satellite remote sensing data have been used in several projects dealing with prioritizing and analysing resource management alternatives. Some of the major applications include mineral and petroleum exploration, pollution detection, weather prediction, commercial fishing, rangeland monitoring, crop forecasting, and urban development and management studies.

Independent research premises?
The research facilities are owned by the beneficiary’s University, the beneficiary’s research team has full access to and supervision over it. The facilities are wholly independent from other beneficiaries and partner organizations in the consortium.

Previous Involvement in Research and innovation actions
Dr El Said Ibrahim El Shafeyhas participated & Successfully completed the following projects: