Shura Council discusses higher education in Oman | Times of Oman

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  • Date: 01-Jul-2021
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Shura Council discusses higher education in Oman | Times of Oman

Her Excellency said that the number of higher education institutions in Oman stood at 47 Muscat: The Shura Council discussed the statement of Her Excellency Dr Rahma bint Ibrahim Al Mahrouqi, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, on the importance of aligning the specialisations of higher education institutions with the needs of the labour market. Areas of focus included scientific research, and the disciplines of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and artificial intelligence. Her Excellency said that the number of higher education institutions in Oman stood at 47, including 19 government institutions and 28 private institutions. In addition, the country has 416 private vocational training institutions. Of the 23, 816 graduates from the last academic year, 60 per cent were women. The 2019 graduate survey showed that the employment of women was at 8. 8 per cent, while that of men was at 39. 5 per cent. The vocational education and training sector witnessed a significant development, and the number of students and trainees across institutes has gone up to 5782 this academic year as opposed to 5465 in 2017-2018, Her Excellency said. HE added that the law on higher education needed to be reviewed again in the light

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