Thursday, 02 December 2021 07:11 GMT

Oman- SQU and University of Nizwa enter into research cooperation agreement


(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Muscat- Dr Rahma al Mahrooqi, deputy vice-chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), and Professor Ahmed Sulaiman al Harrasi, vice chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and External Relations at the University of Nizwa, signed an agreement for a Research Cooperation Programme between the two universities.

The programme is intended to contribute to increased organisational cooperation between the two universities, especially in relation to research, capacity building, joint research projects, and training, stated a press release.

The Research Cooperation Programme also encompassed two joint projects. The first of these is entitled, 'Mapping and Change Detection Study of Frankincense Tree (Boswellia sacra) Using GIS Database and Remote Sensing Techniques in Huluf, Wadi Sahnut and Wadi Dawkah, in Dhofar, Oman'.

The second project is 'Balancing Aflaj Water Demand and Supply by Managed Storage: An Optimisation Approach'.

Dr Rahma said, 'SQU is one of the leading research institutions in the sultanate. We are always looking for opportunities to build research networks and develop Oman-specific knowledge and skills across fields and throughout the country to establish a stronger research culture in the country and to deepen the effect of research output and value in diversifying the economy. The University of Nizwa shares this interest in enriching and expanding Oman's research culture.'

Professor Harrasi added, 'This Research Cooperation Programme is a direct response of the sultanate's research policy that encourages higher education institutions to integrate and collaborate. It is also a result of numerous scientific discussions with SQU.'

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