Muscat, The Board of Directors of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS) today held its first meeting of the year (2021-2022) under the chairmanship of Dr. Mahad Said Ba’Owain, Minister of Labour, Vice-President of UTAS.

In an opening speech, Dr. Mahad welcomed the board members, students, teaching, administrative and technical staff, hoping that the new academic year will be full of accomplishments at all levels.

Dr. Mahad gave a briefing in which he outlined the role of the university, established under Royal Decree No. 76/2020, which merged technical colleges, the College of Technology, colleges of applied sciences and Al Rustaq College of Education into one institution. He also spoke about Royal Decree No. 47/2021, which promulgated the system (bylaw) of the UTAS.

The meeting reviewed the specialization so the UTAS board, which draws the general policy of the university and its objectives as stated in Royal Decree No. 47/2021.

The board studied the ‘executive status’ of the merger and valued the efforts of committees and teams that supervised the first and second stages of its implementation. It pledged to go ahead with the third stage of merger with equal enthusiasm.

The board also looked into options of formulating the visual identity in accordance with corporate brands suggested by the specialized teams, as well as other alternatives and proposals.

During the meeting, an orientation committee was formed to determine milestones for future action. The committee will draft the UTAS strategic plan, which will be entrusted to a technical committee.

The board looked into the ‘executive status’ of the strategic plan and gave directives to take necessary measures to realize the UATS goals in a manner that fits with Oman Vision 2040 and the National Education Strategy in line with the general approaches of the State in the fields of research, with emphasis on entrepreneurship and partnership.

The board approved the UTAS regulatory structure and the university’s specializations linked to the university’s administrative divisions, besides studying the progress made in drafting legislations and the UTAS academic system.

UTAS Board of Directors comprises members from government and private sectors, intellectuals, academics and representatives of the teaching staff.

Source: Oman News Agency