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3,223 undergraduates enter SQUs portals.

Muscat: The Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), through its Deanship of Admissions and Registration, admitted 3,223 undergraduate students for the academic year 2012-2013, an increase of around 100 students compared with last year's admission figures.

Earlier, the SQU received the list of Omani students eligible for admission to undergraduate courses from the Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC), which functions under the Ministry of Higher Education.

The College of Arts & Social Sciences received the maximum number of undergraduate students this year - totalling 593 students. It was followed by the College of Science with 525 students, College of Economics and Political Science with 520 students, College of Engineering with 500 students, College of Agricultural & Marine Sciences with 330 students, College of Education with 300 students, College of Law with 200 students, College of Medicine & Health Sciences with 155 students, and College of Nursing with 100 students.

The SQU will also admit a number of Omani students transferred from government and private institutions this year, who satisfy the transfer regulations. The final number of admissions will only be completed when HEAC completes its allocation procedures which will take place after a number of sequential rounds of offers to students.

Dr. Abdullah Al Badi, Dean of Admissions and Registration at SQU said that in order to simplify the admission procedures for students, the Deanship has upgraded the newly introduced online system which allows the students to finalise their admissions from their home computers by filling a certain form. This website includes the details on how to reach the SQU cultural center and where the admission will take place. Three hot lines were made available during the admission period in case of any inquiries by parents or students.

Dr. Al Badi said that the online system for admissions and the work of the new committee has saved time for students seeking admission and improved the efficiency of the SQU employees involved in the process.

All newly admitted students appeared for the foundation programme exams on August 26 - in English, Mathematics, and Information Technology.

The aim of the Foundation Programme is to prepare the students for undergraduate level studies, enabling them to experience a smooth transition. A student may fulfill the Foundation Programme area requirements either by presenting an equivalent qualification, passing the exit test, or attending and passing the courses. Dr Al Badi said the classes in the university would begin on September 8.

IAEA experts

Dr. Ali bin Saud Al Bimani, the vice chancellor of SQU, yesterday received in his office a team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The delegation consisted of David J. Schlyer, senior scientist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, and Manhar M. Vora, Chairman, Cyclotron & Radiopharmaceutical Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Saudi Arabia.

The two sides discussed boosting ties between SQU and IAEA through research and development initiatives in nuclear medicine and medial physics.

The experts held discussions with authorities in the College of Medicine & Health Sciences and SQU Hospital on molecular imaging facilities and laboratories at the university.

The plans of SQU for establishing cyclotron/positron emission tomography (PET) units and other advanced medical imaging techniques at SQU were also discussed. The other topics included present facilities and future plans for education and training programmes in nuclear sciences, pharmacy and biochemistry.

Dr. Hilal Al Sabti, Deputy Director General of SQU Hospital and Dr. Faizal Al Azri from the Radiology & Molecular Imaging Department of SQU Hospital attended the discussions.

During their visit to Oman, the experts will present their views on technical, physical and human resources requirements of Cyclotron/PET radiopharmaceutical facility in the country.

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Date:Sep 3, 2012
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