“The programme in Oman focuses on an area which is of key importance to the region’s present and future: Energy, water and mineral resources. A strong emphasis is placed on the employability of our graduates. Many elements of the programme will be accomplished in cooperation with local and international partners from universities in Europe, e.g. RWTH Aachen University and companies in the region” mentioned Prof. Dr. Wilfried Bauer, Head of the Department of Applied Geosciences. The degree programme will be taught in English, such as written and oral tests, seminar papers and the Master thesis. The programme might provide the chance to travel to Europe to total coursework at RWTH Aachen or any other University in Germany.
“Numerous mineral resources have been found in Oman, such as copper, chromite, and manganese but the country has also vast resources of industrial minerals. Currently, more than 250 mining and quarrying operations are active; their production accounts for 33% of Oman’s total non-oil exports. In this booming environment, and taking into consideration that exploration for non-hydrocarbons is still at a very early stage, the job opportunities for graduates specialized in mineral resources are considered as very good,” mentioned Prof. Wilfried, who is specialized in mining and who has taught in Germany and Madagascar and was active in geological mapping and exploration for the British Geological Survey and private organizations.
Applied Geosciences graduates are also involved in the petroleum business in the Middle East and elsewhere. This trend is probably to continue as sophisticated technologies is required to exploit this non-renewable resource. Well-educated and extremely motivated geoscience specialists will be on demand, in spite of the current financial downturn and the decreased oil prize.
Water is a extremely crucial subject in water-scarce nations in the Gulf area. In Oman the water sources management is lead by the Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources (MRMWR). Moreover, huge industrial activities, e.g. for oil and mining organizations as effectively as huge industrial producers, mainly have elements associated to water and therefore demand professionals in that field.
The initial 3 semesters concentrate on basic abilities required for Applied Geosciences in common and they give an overview of the 3 electives: minerals, water and hydrocarbons. Semester four and five will integrate the material presented earlier by focusing on sophisticated applications of these abilities in the specialisation PGEO (petroleum geosciences), HGEO (hydrogeology) and MGEO (mineral geosciences). It is throughout this stage that students have to total two project modules, such as a sensible project and the MSc project, either nationally or internationally.
Information Source: Muscat Daily