Sunday, July 8, 2007

SQU, who're you kidding?

Today earlier in the morning while flipping through the local papers I came across this ad on Al-Watan newspaper. It's an ad for Sultan Qaboos University announcing that the university is giving the Omani students whom are students of local private colleges and universities, giving them the chance to transfer to SQU but after fulfilling certain requirements.

Here in this post I will highlight the very first requirement because it's the one and only one which caught my attention and made me think "Who are you kidding, SQU?". The first requirement says that the percentage performance in High School of the transferring students should fulfill the same percentage was required for the college in SQU they want to transfer to, at the academic year they've done their High School. Now please tell me who are you kidding, SQU?

When I first read the title of the ad, I thought it's a great move from SQU because they are giving a golden opportunity to those students who unfortunately did not do very well in high school but worked hard in the private colleges/universities they joined and showed how preeminent they are and now you're rewarding them for their preeminence by giving them the opportunity to study at Sultan Qaboos University without needing to pay all that load of money to the private colleges and universities anymore. But I was totally wrong. Apparently this chance is not for those who didn't do well in high school but did well in university. Because if anyone got a great percentage in high school which would let him join SQU, he would NOT miss that chance and go to a private college/university instead. Now I wonder with the requirements you've set, how many students will transfer to SQU? I doubt anyone would, because apart from the first requirement I'm talking about here, the rest of the requirements are next to impossible.

This is nothing but a joke. If SQU was not a governmental university I would have said that this ad is a mere promotion and marketing to the university, but SQU doesn't need that. Someone please tell me SQU is not joking...

4 comments:

Sleepless In Muscat said...

It's either:

a) a mistake in printing.

b) they don't realize that the people who got into the colleges don't have an enough round-up score for all their subjects which is the reason why they were deprived from entering SQU in the first place.

Suburban said...

Or perhaps SQU is skeptical of the accuracy of grades from private universities. It's not unheard of for a private uni to give out an undserved A+ in order to keep the tuition fees coming.

Perhaps in the intrest of fairness SQU could organise thier own entrance exam for these transferring students instead of basing admittance on highschool scores.

Anonymous said...

Could it be that the students went to a private college because the university just didn't have the places for them....it was oversubscribed.

آمنة said...

I agree with you, It is almost impossible to find such candidates