Muscat: A total of 1,140 students from five science colleges of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)graduated yesterday during the second phase of the 23rd graduation ceremony of the university.
The ceremony was held under the patronage of Sayyid Hamoud bin Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister
Among those who graduated were 424 students from the College of Engineering. 390 students graduated with bachelor degrees and 33 with master's degrees and one student with a PhD degree. From the College of Science, 375 students graduated.
This figure includes 350 bachelor degrees and 25 masters degree holders. A total of 138 students (125 bachelors and 13 masters) graduated from the College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences. The College of Medicine & Health Sciences had 137 graduates including 129 with bachelor degrees and eight with masters degrees. From the College of Nursing, 66 students graduated with BSc Nursing.
Dr Ali bin Saud Al Bimani, Vice Chancellor of SQU, lauded the performance of the students. "The SQU team, the only Arab team to reach the finals in the category of Digital Media, won second place in the Digital Media category of the Imagine Cup USA 2011.
A PhD student from College of Science at SQU, won the largest number of prizes in the National Honey Show held in London for the Omani honey she exhibited. SQU won four medals in the Middle East International Exhibition of Inventions recently held in Kuwait. For the second consecutive year, the College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences won Asian Leadership Award for the best educational institution in agriculture," the Vice Chancellor pointed out.
With regard to achievements in research, Dr Al Bimani pointed out that in the year 2012, SQU had bagged 12 open research grants from the Research Council (TRC) for conducting high impact research in education, energy, environment, information and communication technologies, and social sciences.
"The university awarded 63 internal grants for its researchers. SQU organised a number of training workshops and consultancy for several private and public sector organizations as part of its community service initiative," he said.
Last year, the university organised 21 conferences and extended financial support to 570 scholars to attend international conferences and present papers.