The University of Nizwa (UoN) was established in the Sultanate of Oman in 2004 as a faculty governed not-for-profit private university. It is located 140 km from the national capital of Muscat in the interior region of Al-Dakhiliya near the historic former capital of Nizwa. The University seeks to provide a progressive and safe learning environment that is respectful of the traditions and values of the Sultanate.
Since its inception, the guiding philosophy of UoN has been to provide students with a high quality education that prepares them to contribute meaningfully to the economic, artistic and aesthetic growth of the country. Graduates, irrespective of their majors, are expected to be capable lifelong learners with skills in numeracy, communications, critical thinking and problem solving. Alumni will possess an appreciation of their culture, values on which it is founded and shared values of humanity in general.
In the short time since the inaugural class of 1200 students began taking courses on 16 October 2004 the University has expanded tremendously, both in physical size and in the number and diversity of programs offered to students. At this time the University offers over 30 undergraduate majors and 6 masters programs to a student body of nearly 6500. Construction is underway nearby on a new state of the art campus to support the continued growth of the university and its academic offerings.
a 2011 Quality Audit Report, the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA)commended the University of Nizwa, “for its well-considered and integrated Mission, Vision and Values statements that drive its planning and operations as a non-profit, regional centre of higher education in the Sultanate of Oman. (§ 1.1)”.
The University of Nizwa aspires to be a beacon (minaret) of knowledge and enlightenment as a prominent higher education institution of excellence. It is to achieve a worldwide reputation for the quality of its programs and graduates and international distinction for innovation, progress and development.
The University of Nizwa is a non-profit academic institution, which is governed by its faculty. It shall promote positive thinking, preserve the nation’s Islamic and cultural heritage and identity, faith in Allah and loyalty to the country and His Majesty. Its purpose is to broadly educate students and equip them with values, knowledge and life skills needed to enrich their lives and enable them to meaningfully contribute to the progress of society. To achieve its mission, the University shall develop dynamic integrative programs which provide high quality academic training, research and intellectual development.
Academic Excellence: Promote academic excellence through the establishment of a resourceful, non-profit academic institution serving, preserving, and advancing the nation’s heritage, identity and values via the use of high-quality and affordable educational programs, and research with accomplished faculty and staff in order to produce well-educated, highly-skilled, and ethical graduates.
Leadership through Research and Technology: Leadership through the development of research and technology in order to contribute to the advancement and progress of the Sultanate of Oman in particular, and humankind in general, through the production, acquisition, and enhancement of knowledge that facilitates a culture of sustainability and research, the enrichment of research capacity, scientific networking, and ethical awareness.
Quality Management: Develop an administrative and managerial culture of integrated quality management. Encourage the practice of self-assessment among faculty and staff in order to advance their efficacy. Achieve continuous improvement through critical thinking, effective stewardship and deployment of resources, and an outcome-based approach.
Sustainable Development: Commit to sustain the continuous development of the university and society. The university shall sustain growth by managing innovative ideas, concepts and approaches that enhance university resources. Contributions to the university’s growth and advancement will be achieved through partnerships, collaborations, consultancies, volunteer services, efficient linkage with private, public and civil sectors, as well as, innovative means to support students financially.