Friday, February 22, 2008

Muscat University ?

I'm sure that some of you heard before about the project of Muscat University, probably two years back or so. Wasn't it just a union of some private colleges in Muscat like the Modern College of Science and Business, Muscat College and some other colleges? Since we heard of that union, did anybody hear of the project being canceled or the colleges not agreeing on the union? All I know that the last statement from the Ministry of Higher Education showed that the ministry was aiming for that project to be done and unify those private colleges together. Though, I have never heard that the project was canceled a long time ago, till today.

Apparently, the private colleges didn't come to an agreement. So the Ministry of Higher Education just canceled the project and took back the license of the university. And according to this article on Al-Shabiba newspaper, the Oman Chamber of Commerce & Industry is willing to establish the Muscat University with a capital of 20 million Omani Rials. The project is still being studied and will most probably be announced during this year, 2008. The university will not have any of the private colleges in Muscat in it. It will be a new separated university with different majors (still not announced).

Surprisingly, the end of the article says that the Council of Higher Education has withdrawn the license of establishing Muscat University which was just a unity of some of the private colleges in Muscat, and the project was canceled because the colleges did not come to an agreement. That was surprising because we never got to know about that before. But it's not something strange anyways. A lot of things happening in the country are not reported hence we don't get to know about them...

Why did the colleges fail to come to an agreement after all this time? Did not His Majesty provide 17 million Omani Rials last July to support this project? Where did the 17 million Omani Rials go if the project is canceled? A lot of questions arose after reading that tiny bit information on Al-Shabiba newspaper which was mentioned in the very end of the article.

5 comments:

TI3GIB said...

I can tell you where the money went.

Amjad said...

TI3GIB: :-) ...

muscati said...

The money was never disbursed. The government had been trying to force these three or four private colleges to merge into one multi-campus university to be called Muscat University for a few years. Some of the colleges were open to the suggestion and some, like Majan College, were totally opposed to it. Finally when HM ordered the grant to all universities none of the colleges in Muscat got it and they were told that they if they agree to the formation of Muscat Uni they'll get it collectively. They still refused. Money was never paid. And now the government is finally allowing the formation of a new Muscat University.

Amjad said...

Thanks for the clarification, Muscati!

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