MUSCAT — The Board of Trustees of the Colleges of Technology has approved a proposal to increase the number of students to be admitted at the colleges of technology for the academic year 2012/2013. The board, which met here yesterday, also approved two new study programmes, which are the “Environment Sciences Programme” and the “Executive Co-ordination Programme”.
In its review of the human resources development projects during its first convening of the year here yesterday, the board reviewed a plan to increase the number of students at the colleges of technology gradually to a target of 14,500 students during the academic year 2014/2015, while at the same time considering the registration of 45,000 during the same year.
As many as 386 students were dispatched for Masters study programme for assistant lecturers during the period 2005-2012. The board also reviewed the recommendations of the Omani Authority for Academic Accreditation for the Colleges of Technology. The meeting discussed the recommendations and ways to develop the quality of the graduate programmes, the volume of teaching staff and the new strategy for technical education till 2030.
The meeting, which was presided over by Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower, also discussed increasing the number of students to be admitted to vocational training centres. Meanwhile, Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC) has awarded 75 grants provided by private higher education institutions to eligible candidates according to the highest competitive rate. The number of entrants for those seats were 19,628.
The number of Internal Financial Aid for Self-Financed students studying in higher education institutions were 700 selected from 1,107 entrants who met the requirements for application, whereas the total number of entrants for this category were 5,458. — ONA