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Member in the Spotlight: Majan University College

Welcome to our ‘Member in the Spotlight’ series, where we showcase the research focuses and work of our members. We hope these profiles support you in getting to know our members and to identify themes in your work and focuses where you may be able to collaborate with colleagues at member institutions. 

Introducing…Majan University College

Who are Majan University College?

Majan University College (MUC) was established in 1995 as the first private university college in Oman and is a national leader in educational quality. Their campus in Muscat, Oman, is home to a multi-cultural academic community. As an institution, they aim ‘to provide an innovative learning environment that supports students in reaching their full potential in a changing world.’  

MUC is an accredited college of the University of Bedfordshire (United Kingdom) and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation (MOHERI), Oman. 

MUC has collaborators across the world and is a member of numerous networks and associations such as Advance HE (United Kingdom), British Council (United Kingdom), and European Network of Academic Integrity (ENAI). 

Majan University College - Al Nahda Block
Majan University College – Al Nahda Block

What are their research focuses?

Sustainability is an integral component of MUC’s Strategic Plan which emphasises productive partnerships with local community, industry and other educational providers in innovation, environmental sustainability and sustainable development. 

The majority of MUC’s research responds to the social and economic needs of society and is funded by Oman’s Research Council (TRC). 

The Faculty of Business Management explores themes such as entrepreneurship, business intelligence, tourism, social media and its impact, and employee engagement. A current research project considers the impact of tourism development on coastal communities. 

Researchers in the Faculty of Information Technology undertake projects related to digital image processing, information multimodal analytics, data centre virtualisation, robotics and artificial intelligence and technology assisted learning. A project which investigates using explainable Artificial Intelligence to enhance fault diagnosis in Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) based automation systems is currently being undertaken, whilst another project delves into developing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning based early detection models to look for disease in fruit trees. 

MUC and the WTUN

MUC, as a member, has been involved in several WTUN activities from hosting and sending applicants on exchanges on themes such as: Entrepreneurship and Gender Equality.  

They have also collaborated with WTUN-member colleagues outside of network activities such as sending students to Suranaree University of Technology’s Global Entrepreneurship Camp  

If you want to learn more about MUC, you can view their Member Profile, have a look at the Press Releases published on their website, or read some recent stories we have shared in our news roundups about their work: 

 

Call for Speakers – Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

WTUN for World Engineering Day

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Members of the World Technology Universities Network have demonstrated a commitment to the inclusive advancement of sustainable scientific and technology teaching and research; each demonstrating a commitment to truly equitable innovation for the benefit of people and place.  Does your institution have example(s) of effective, impactful, and innovative approaches to increasing participation, progression, and success in STEM related subjects for otherwise underrepresented or marginalised groups (whatever this might mean in context of subject area, culture, history, or locality)? We invite you to share these examples of excellence with fellow WTUN members so that we might learn from each other for the benefit of all.

As part of a series of WTUN led events coinciding with this year’s UNESCO World Engineering Day (4 March) we are pleased to share this call for speakers for an online event proposed for Tuesday 5 March between 11.00-14.00 GMT (exact times to be confirmed and can be adjusted to accommodate time zones where possible and required). We also seek a moderator/chair to host the event and facilitate a Q&A.

Please submit proposals to wtun@bradford.ac.uk by Friday 16 February.

Depending on level of response we may consider holding more than one session on this subject or repeating it later in the year, so if you have something you would like to share but the date and time above is not suitable, please do contact us to explore options.

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What our Members Say- WTUC 2022

During the World Technology Universities Congress 2022 hosted by Suranaree University of Technology, Thailand, a group of student volunteers interviewed delegates to learn more about their institutional motivations for membership of the WTUN and what they hoped to achieve during WTUC 2022.

Hear what they had to say here:

Two new members join the World Technology Universities Network

The World Technology Universities Network are pleased to announce two universities from Oman and Thailand have officially joined the Network.

The new members are Majan University College, Oman and Thaksin University, Thailand. 

Majan University College was established in 1995 as the first private sector College in Oman, and has continued to be at the forefront of higher education in the Sultanate ever since. In December 2017, Majan achieved full institutional accreditation from the Oman Authority for  Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education (OAAAQA), and maintained its reputation as a trailblazer by being the first higher education institution in the country to do so. 

“In light of 21st century challenges, technology and innovation are central to Oman’s Vision 2040 and MUC is delighted to have the opportunity to engage productively with universities across the world through the WTUN network to help in its efforts to support this vision. Data science and cybersecurity are growth areas for our research and we look forward to engaging with other members in these areas in particular” Dr Maha Kobeil, Dean and CEO, Mahan University College

Thaksin University was one of the first higher education institutes in the south of Thailand, initially called the College of Education, initiated by the Ministry of Education. This college replaced the High Teacher Training at Prasarnmitra Road, Phrakhanong District, Phranakorn, in 1954. It was established under the goals to develop a philosophy and modern educational concepts in association with a democratic society, including the in-depth development of education as a systematic career, respectively, to provide a degree in education. Thaksin University logo. Blue and grey on white background

Unfortunately, colleagues from MUC were unable to join us in-person at WTUC2022 in Thailand.

 

 

 

Joining the WTUN enables us to partner with over 20 like-minded universities

The University of Africa, Toru-Orua (UAT), Nigeria was also established in 2016. Its research focus includes biotechnology applications for food production nutrition security and health, engineering and operations, renewable and non-renewable energy systems, environmental remediation and conservation, oil and gas industry and digitised linguistics. Other areas include applied research leading to enterprise development and entrepreneurship.

The WTUN’s objectives are consistent with those of UAT which are to carry out needs driven research for innovation and development and tackle major challenges such as poverty, climate change and pollution. As a new institution, joining the WTUN enables us to partner with over 20 like-minded universities, drawing on their combined expertise to achieve our goals in a much shorter timeframe.

In specific terms, UAT intends to undertake joint research and collaboration in areas of mutual interest with other WTUN network members as well as exploring suitable opportunities for staff and student exchanges.

— Godwin Poi, Director of Advancement, Linkages and Entrepreneurship, University of Africa, Toru-Orua

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