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UC Berkeley to set up regional centre in Oman

UC Berkeley to set up regional centre in Oman

This memorandum was signed by H E Dr Rawiyah bint Saud al Busaidiyah, Minister of Higher Education and the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of the University City Project and Carol Christ, the Chancellor of UC Berkeley.

The signing of this pact aims to attain 1 of the crucial strategic objectives of the University City Project for attracting globe class universities and study centres to Oman. It is aimed at transforming Oman into a regional location for entrepreneurship and innovation by establishing a cutting-edge coaching centre focused on artificial intelligence (AI).

The vision of the innovation hub is to supply incubation and acceleration possibilities for startups and supply upskilling programmes for staff from the public and private sectors to equip them with 21st century expertise in places such as AI, vital considering, intrapreneurship and innovation.

It is intended that some of the programmes to be delivered by the centre will grant academic credits that could be counted towards earning degrees.

H E Dr Rawiyah stated that the signing of this memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UC Berkeley will establish the framework for a lengthy-term connection among the Government of the Sultanate of Oman and UC Berkeley. “The first project stemming from this relationship will be the creation of the new innovation hub. We are certain that this hub will contribute to position Oman as a key player in the field of entrepreneurship and innovation in the region.”

The initial step towards executing the MoU will be the signing of an implementation agreement for the establishment of the UC Berkeley-powered innovation hub in the sultanate.

Accompanying H E Dr Rawiyah at the signing ceremony in California have been Dr Ali bin Saud al Bimani, Vice Chancellor of
Sultan Qaboos University, Dr Salim bin Sultan al Ruzaiqi, CEO of the Information Technology Authority, the Director of the Project Office, and Oman’s Cultural Attaché in Washington DC.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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