SQU, Occidental Oman Sign Agreement

Muscat, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) signed an agreement to finance the purchase of equipment for the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at the University for $2.7 million, funded by Occidental Oman.

The agreement was signed by Dr. Rahma bint Ibrahim al- Mahrouqiyah, SQU Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, and Stephen Kelly, Occidental Oman, President and General Manager, in the presence of Dr. Rawya bint Saud al- Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education and Dr. Ali bin Saud al- Bimani, SQU Vice- Chancellor.

The support provided by Occidental Oman aims to enhance the Centre’s reputation as a leading research body responsible for providing the best ways and solutions in the field of sustainable energy in the Sultanate, with special emphasis on renewable and sustainable energy. Equipment will be used on four topics: energy strategies and policies, renewable energy, integrated power systems and energy management.

The Centre’s researchers and academics will work in these key areas to achieve the desired objectives: developing energy technology solutions, energy policy, sustainable research development, education and capacity building programs.

Dr. Rawya bint Saud al- Busaidiya, Minister of Higher Education, stressed that this agreement is a reflection of the constructive cooperation between the higher education sector and the economic institutions in the Sultanate and in response to the requirements of the Sultanate’s strategy and vision 2040.

Dr. Rahma bint Ibrahim al- Mahroqiyah, SQU Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research, stressed the importance of joint efforts between the University represented by the Sustainable Energy Research Centre and Occidental Oman as a model for effective cooperation between the industrial and academic sectors. “Through these links, all those interested in achieving the social and economic progress of the Sultanate can join forces to ensure a better future for Oman and its people. ” She added.

Stephen Kelly said: “We are pleased to contribute to the support of an important research centre, such as the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at Sultan Qaboos University, as part of the corporate social responsibility program. Through this program, we are keen to invest in projects that we believe in. We believe that the work of the Sustainable Energy Research Centre will have a major impact on the diversification of the economy and the sustainable development of the Sultanate.”

Source: Oman News Agency