The Centre of Excellence in Teaching &
Learning (CETL) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) was officially
opened at a ceremony held under the patronage of Dr. Ali bin Saud
al-Bimani, SQU Vice Chancellor.
CETL seeks to provide services to academic faculty, thus enhancing
the quality of teaching and learning first at SQU, then at both public
and private higher education institutions nationally. CETL also makes
visible the intellectual work of teaching while recognizing excellent
Faculty Fellows across the SQU Colleges.
In his address on the occasion, Prof. Amer al-Rowas, SQU Deputy
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Community Service, said that
the decision to establish the CETL, which was issued on June 18,
2014, is primarily intended to meet the needs of various colleges at
SQU to improve the level of teaching and learning.
Since its inception, the CETL has stimulated teaching and learning in
higher education through the applications of the best teaching and
learning strategies based on research and scientific evidence. During
the past three years, the CETL has hosted a number of international
speakers, held scientific workshops, organized conferences and panel
discussions for researchers and specialists and provided resources
related to teaching and learning in the 21st century, he said.
Prof. Thuwayba al-Barwani, Director of the CETL, said that the
Faculty Fellows Program of the CETL recognizes faculty who use
excellent teaching and learning strategies derived from classroom-
based research and who will be trained to act as college and program
consultants. The Faculty Fellows of the CETL are expected to conduct
peer consultation; promote teaching excellence; develop outcome-
based learning objectives; promote innovation in teaching; and
promote student success along with other tasks, she said.
Source: Oman News Agency