|   June 30, 2022
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Vice Chancellor's Message



Prof. Dr. Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Harrasi
Vice Chancellor for Graduate Studies,
Research and External Relations
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Despite all challenges we were faced with as a result of the pandemic and the substantial decrease in funding, the University has maintained outstanding research outcomes in terms of volume, quality and impact. This has remarkably improved the university academic ranking.

Based on the scimagoir.com (world research ranking), the UoN was ranked 409 in 2021 and ranked the first in Oman by the nature index. Furthermore, in QS 2021 Arab world ranking, UoN has been ranked the second in Oman and 81-90 in the Arab world. Eleven of our faculty members have been named by Stanford University’s global list of top 2% Scientists in year 2020-2021. Research at UoN aims at creating an innovative research culture where capacities are developed, collaboration and networking among researchers are fostered, and where research outcomes are geared toward social economic growth. It has therefore quantified the three major research components: research infrastructure, funding and human resources to produce effective research development.

I thank everyone who made our research story a great success in spite of all challenges.




Overview


Mission

In support of the stated vision and mission of the University of Nizwa to “promote 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”, to “achieve a worldwide reputation and international distinction,” and to, “broadly educate students and enable them to meaningfully contribute to the progress of society” it has been determined that the University of Nizwa through (VCGSRER) Office should enhance a culture of creativity, innovation and excellence in research and provide high quality graduate programs to serve the socio-cultural and economic development needs of community. It has actively pursued relationships with academic and research institutions both within the Sultanate of Oman and from the worldwide educational community.

The University must project itself as a focus for interaction with the surrounding environment rather than a self-contained institution. Therefore the University has established an office of External Relations which is responsible for public outreach, both national and international.

Vision

The University of Nizwa, through the Vice chancellor for Graduate Studies, Research, and External Relations (VCGSRER) Office facilitates the realization of the University’s vision to be internationally recognized for excellence in research, and graduate studies. VCGSRER Office also enhances connecting to the world through establishing links for the students, staff, faculty and program with our partner institutions around the world.

Goals

Raise scientific research at the University to an international level.

Promote research collaboration with national and international authorities and organizations.

Facilitate relationships with different institutions , locally and nationally.

Support institutional priorities, innovative research, and scholarship.

Objective

Postgraduate studies and research is vital to the University and demonstrates the broad spectrum of our involvement. It can be pure research or applied research, long term in scope or short term. University resources are enhanced in this effort by collaboration with the public and colleagues around the world enable our researchers to examine problems in diverse, physical, social, and cultural settings and provide opportunities for scholarly activity at several international facilities.

The Office of the Vice chancellor for Graduate Studies, Research, and External Relations (VCGSRER) is concerned with the development and implementation of operating procedures for graduate studies, Research and External Relations. The office is convened by the Deans of Graduate Studies, Research and External Relations to facilitate discussions among the various faculties and the Vice Chancellor for GSR.

Graduate Studies strives to ensure the development of quality and credential programs and creation and implementation of the policies and procedures by which the university is governed. It acts as an advisory resource to programs transforming their academic programs or initiating degree or certificate programs at the post-baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral level.

The Office is a part of the Research and provides centralized services for the administration of research degrees. We are responsible for the overall administration of Research Masters Candidature and scholarships including

  • Research Training Sub-Committee
  • Submission and examination Thesis
  • Rules and Regulations for Research Degrees
  • Seminar Series for Master candidates
Research is vital to the University and demonstrates the broad spectrum of our involvement. It can be pure research or applied research, long term in scope or short term. University resources are enhanced in this effort by collaboration with the public and colleagues around the world enable our researchers to examine problems in diverse, physical, social, and cultural settings and provide opportunities for scholarly activity at several international facilities.

The office of the External Relations connects the University of Nizwa with the public at national and international level through strategic communication and interaction. External Relations is prepared to assist and collaborate with administrative offices at UoN to provide the public with an array of resources.

The Vice chancellor for Graduate Studies, Research, and External Relations (VCGSRER) Office develops and implements regulations and policies that will deliver consistent improvements in the University’s graduate studies, research and external relations in both quality and intensity levels, and in the effectiveness and impact of its knowledge transfer and consultancy activities.




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