(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Muscat- Majan College (University College) will be holding an international conference (Majan International Conference 2018 or MIC 2018) on March 19 and 20 at its Darsait campus.
The college was established in 1995 as the first private sector college in the sultanate, and also recently became the first higher education institution (HEI) in the country to receive full institutional accreditation from the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA).
It is considered to be one of the premier HEIs in Oman and has a long-established partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, UK. It delivers a range of undergraduate and Master's degrees in the general areas of business, management, information technology and English language as well as a successful Foundation programme.
MIC 2018 is taking place under the banner of 'Promoting Entrepreneurship and Technological Skills: National Needs, Global Trends'. The conference provides a forum for national, regional and international experts, academics, policy-makers and thought leaders to express and discuss their views on the role of entrepreneurial and technological skills in diversifying and expanding Oman's economy. The sub-themes of the conference are Entrepreneurship, Business and Management; Information Technology and Soft Skills.
Some topics and issues addressed by conference papers include generating business ideas; entrepreneurial business planning; entrepreneurship and economic growth; entrepreneurial case studies; corporate entrepreneurship/commerce and e-retail; fostering creativity and innovation; technopreneurship; technology-based enterprises; intelligent informatics; smart cities and smart societies; computational thinking; new media literacy; soft skills and entrepreneurship; 21st century communication skills; intercultural competence; global awareness and problem-solving skills.
MIC 2018 received original unpublished articles from 352 scholarly authors representing more than 20 nationalities. MIC 2018 organisers formed an international programme committee comprising 116 PhD-qualified subject experts. All the full papers and abstract-only submissions were screened for plagiarism and double-blind reviewed and 38 per cent of the papers were selected for presentation. The headline speakers at the conference are Trey Goede, head of Portfolio Management for Aramco Entrepreneurship Ventures; Ahmed al Musalmi, CEO of National Bank of Oman; Dr Seifedine Kadry, associate professor at Beirut Arab University, Lebanon and professor Gilly Salmon, professor of Innovation and Transformation at the University of Liverpool, UK.