Sunday, 16 May 2021
Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) last week celebrated the 18th SQU Day with several activities to commemorate the visit of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to the university on May 2 in 2000.

His Majesty’s Trust Fund supported 7 SQU analysis projects worth RO434,000 in 2017

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Rahma Ibrahim al Mahrooqi, deputy vice chancellor for Postgraduate Studies &amp Research at SQU, gave an overview of the advancements in analysis and postgraduate education at the university throughout the year 2017-18.

His Majesty’s Trust Fund allocates RO450,000 to the university annually. In 2017, seven projects had been supported by His Majesty’s Trust Fund worth RO434,000.

The deputy vice chancellor stated that given that 2001, a total of 89 projects worth RO8,250,000 have been funded. In addition, annual internal grants worth RO500,000 also help analysis at the university. In 2017 only, 89 internal grants projects worth RO507,903 had been authorized. In 2018, a total of 116 internal grants projects worth RO475,498 had been authorized. The Deanship of Research Fund supported ten projects worth about RO30,000.

The College of Agricultural &amp Marine Sciences at SQU received external grant from The Research Council for RO221,600 for a project. The College of Medicine &amp Health Sciences received RO167,168 worth external grants for nine projects from different organisations.

Collaborative analysis fund comes from SQU’s partnership with UAEU, GCC Research Program and South African universities. In 2017, 4 projects worth RO63,386 had been funded by SQU-UAEU partnership. In 2018, 4 a lot more projects had been supported by RO53,500 below the exact same scheme. GCC joint analysis programme supported 3 projects by RO71,527 partnership with South African universities resulted in funding of eight projects with a total sum of RO110,600.

The new funding programmes commenced in 2017-18 contain the British Petroleum funding programme worth RO100,000 for 3 projects and the Omantel funding programme worth RO6,000 for 3 projects. In 2017, a total of 30 consultancy projects worth RO647,724 had been carried out at SQU.

In the academic year 2017-18, various colleges and centres at SQU organised 26 conferences.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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