(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat -
Omani students made their presence felt at the world's biggest vocational skills competition, WorldSkills Kazan 2019, which is underway in Russia till August 27.
The 24-member Omani team, resplendent in national dress, wowed spectators as they walked through the parade along with 62 other participating countries.
The Omani delegation is taking part under the aegis of the Ministry of Manpower, with 24 students from technical and vocational colleges in the sultanate.
WorldSkills, which started from August 22, promotes the benefits of skilled trade professionals. More than 1,300 participants from 63 countries are taking part in the competition.
The competitions will see contests take place in 56 skills areas, ranging from construction, information and communication technologies to creativity and design.
The spectacular ceremony, on August 22, saw performance of world-renowned professionals whose inventions have shaped the 21st century. Robot Sophia, the world's only android with citizenship and a passport, was the special guest at the ceremony.
'Skills change lives and they can transform societies and economies, as well as bring prosperity and stability across the world,' said Simon Bartley, WorldSkills president. 'In the next few days, you will see what excellence can achieve.'
Bartley added that participants bring a message of unity, as 'they call out for a world that addresses their concerns' opening the way for green-collar jobs and equality.
More than 2.5 lakh people attended the opening ceremony at Kazan Arena, where youth from 63 nations gave a display of various cultures.
'We have great expectations for the next few days, our anticipation has been heightened by this marvellous opening ceremony and the sight of all those young people carrying the flags and hopes of their generation. What they show, and what we say, loud and clear, is that Skills Change Lives, and that they can transform societies and economies, as well as bring prosperity and stability across the world,' said Bartley during his speech at the ceremony.
Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister, Russian Federation opened the event. 'Russia is hosting a global-level skills competition for the first time, and we are very proud of that. The WorldSkills Competition has become far more than just a youth contest. In fact, it has grown into a competition for the future, forming a diverse multicultural and international platform where participants can work, compete, and communicate; for the future, where inspiration, discovery, friendship, and new achievements find place.'