Times of Oman
Dec 01, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 11:50 AM GMT
UK looks to boost academic ties
November 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: Nineteen training and educational organisations from the United Kingdom will be visiting Oman on December 11-12 to assess the opportunities available for developing new educational partnerships.

Oman has a long history of partnership with the UK, evidenced by the large number of Omani students heading to the UK each year to study. However, more recently, UK training organisations including universities, colleges and private training providers have started to work more closely with organisations in the region by entering into a wide range of different training and education partnerships.

The UK training providers now offer a plethora of different types of specialist training across a range of platforms face-to-face, online or through a blended approach. Led by UK Trade & Investment section at the British Embassy in Muscat and the Training Gateway, they will spend two days meeting with key public and private sector organisations. The delegates will be exhibiting their companies at the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) on December 11, from 11am to 1pm.

The organisations attending the event will have a wide range of expertise including coaching and mentoring training, leadership and management, project management, health-related training, online learning, video-driven education products and teacher training.

They are also looking to meet with organisations which are specifically looking for new training programmes for their staff, local training organisations that wish to license or franchise new training products and programmes and partnerships with local universities to develop joint degrees and other educational partnerships.

The 'Training Gateway' helps public and private sector organisations address their skills needs by providing a free single point of contact through which to source corporate, vocational and executive training and educational partnerships from UK universities and colleges.
With direct access to over 2,500 named coordinators in every UK university and around 80 colleges, the Training Gateway provides the most comprehensive access to university level corporate, vocational and specialist training in the UK.

The Training Gateway also helps organisations identify universities that can accredit their own in-house training programmes, develop bespoke packages and online or work-based learning programmes. They also work with overseas educational institutions wishing to partner with UK universities and colleges for the development of joint degrees, Foundation degrees, professional training for staff in universities or colleges or other types of educational partnerships.

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