The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has urged Omani students aiming abroad for higher studies to verify the institution before enrolling themselves for a course. As part of educating and bringing awareness among the students, the ministry has started a poster campaign at all public places and government institutions recently.
“We are conducting a campaign on educating Omani students aspiring to pursue their studies abroad and this poster campaign is a part of it,” says Saeed Amour al Rahbi, Director, Qualifications, Equivalence and Recognition at the ministry. He further added that there will be ongoing measures to inform students of various options available at foreign universities.
The need to bring awareness arose in the wake of a recent incident in which some 30 Omani students faced an ordeal at a Polish university pertaining to the quality of courses and the medium of instruction.
The Directorate of External Scholarships took the matter seriously and got in touch with the students in Poland, academic staff at the university and the ministerial representative based in the country and sorted out the matter.
“Omani students applying for higher education abroad need to make sure that the university/college/institution is approved by the Oman’s ministry,” a statement urged the students.
There are some 20,000 Omani students currently studying abroad, of more than one-quarter are on government scholarships at approved universities in areas deemed important for the productive development of Oman’s human resources.
The Omani students in higher education at home and abroad is currently more than 100,000, which represents approximately 29 per cent of the 18-24 age group. Government sponsored seats represent 67 per cent of secondary school graduates who apply through Higher Education Admissions Centre.