On Monday November 13th 2017 Aston’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alec Cameron, attended an event at Muscat University in Oman. It was a double celebration - to mark the official launch of the University and a new partnership between Muscat, Aston and Cranfield Universities.
Muscat University was established in 2016 with a vision to produce a pipeline of future leaders for Oman and the region, combining academic rigour with the world of work, and with a strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. Aston’s role in the partnership is to deliver UK-type degrees within the Gulf region, building on the high reputation that UK education, and particularly engineering education, has around the world.
During the event Professor Cameron spoke about Aston’s commitment to expanding its international profile. This was not being done indiscriminately but with a small number of specific partners where Aston’s distinctive strength in business and the professions will be invaluable. He commented that Muscat is attractive, culturally, and ideally positioned as a regional hub, especially with the prospect of a new campus next to a new airport.
“The graduates from this university will be Aston and Muscat graduates with the same quality, and the same professional accreditation,” he explained. “Such qualifications, as the career success of many of our alumni shows, provides a great platform for an international career and we have guests here who can ably demonstrate great professional success following graduation from Aston.
“To date we have worked closely with Muscat to develop a foundation programme for Omani students to prepare them to embark on a degree from 2018 onwards where they will be joined by other students from the international and private schools located in Muscat and from students from elsewhere in the Gulf Region.”
Aston has begun by launching a BSc degree in Logistics with Supply Chain Management and, from 2018, will be running the Logistics degree, a degree in Accounting for Management, and a degree in Chemical Engineering. Aston’s choice of undergraduate degrees is intended to complement Cranfield’s postgraduate courses, meaning that students have the option to achieve chartered engineer status, once they have gained the necessary work experience.
The partnership between Aston and Cranfield builds on an already fruitful relationship and plans are underway for the two institutions to continue to work together in the future.