Muscat: Caledonian College of Engineering in Oman (CCE) inaugurated two new centres to help its students achieve greater creativity and entrepreneurship on Monday.
Dr Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Zakwani, executive director, Industrial Innovation Centre formally inaugurated the Caledonian Centre of Creativity and Innovation (CCCI) and a new workshop established to provide support for Caledonian Team Oryx, a group of students building a formula racing car.
"This kind of centre will help development not only to entrepreneurs and innovators, but leaders and responsible youth. As we can see, Caledonian is setting an example again by being the first to have this kind of centre," said Al Zakwani.
The CCI will encourage students and staff to bring ideas to life and provide connections between the college, industries and the national innovation hub, initiated by The Research Council (TRC). Its main aim is to nurture the spirit of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship among talented and ambitious students and academic staff.
The objective is to provide a springboard for budding engineers and academics with entrepreneurship awareness and job creation opportunities.
"The CCCI will be our nuclear and foundation stone where our students and staff will be nurturing their creativity and thoughts," said Dr Ahmed Al Balushi, acting dean of CCE. CCE also inaugurated a brand new workshop at its Al Hail campus for the 25 students on Caledonian Team Oryx to build their race car.
The workshop will be the focus of mounting anticipation over the next few months as Team Oryx put their creative engineering skills to the test.
Their mission is to design, build and compete with a formula racing car in a bid to be the first team from the Arabian Peninsula to participate in the prestigious international Student Formula competition, the largest student motorsport event in the world.
Jenny Walker, the associate dean of professional development said, "A new centre such as this is not about the building and the facilities alone, it is about the spirit of endeavour that is fostered therein. The Team Oyrx racing car project is an embodiment of our determination as a college to provide support to students who have a good idea and who want to make that idea become a reality," Walker said.
Haitham Al Saqri, the student leader of Team Oyrx said, "We are grateful to the college for supporting us in our quest to participate in this competition and in providing us with this workshop in particular; we are looking forward to starting work in earnest now.
"We are also grateful to Dr Abdullah at the Industrial Innovation Centre, and to all our sponsors, including Golden Torches Trading, Tebodin Consultants and Engineers, NurMajan and Incubix, for giving us this opportunity to put our engineering and entrepreneurial skills into practice."