New Zealand varsities’ team visits SQU
Times of Oman 20 May 2003

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MUSCAT — A seven-member delegation, representing universities and higher education institutions in New Zealand, visited SQU yesterday. Dr Saud bin Nasser Al Riyami, SQU president, received the delegation in his office along with Dr Hamed Al Salmi, SQU vice-president, and senior members of the SQU management.

A presentation was made to the delegation detailing the various programmes and activities of SQU colleges and centres. During discussions they explored opportunities to strengthen mutual cooperation and possible academic exchange opportunities with New Zealand’s educational institutions. The members of the delegation explained the courses and programmes offered by their respective institutions.

Prof. Peter Oetteli, pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, and a senior member of the delegation, said that his visit to Oman was in response to the increasing interest by the students’ community from this part of the world to study in New Zealand due to several advantages the country offers.

“It is a safe and friendly country as well as a beautiful country making it one of the best places to study. Another advantage is the cost, which is cheaper than many Western universities. At competitive cost and a comfortable environment, New Zealand offers internationally-recognised education. Besides, we also offer career advisory services to students by arranging campus recruitment programmes and guidance to explore job opportunities.” Prof. Oetteli said.

The delegation later visited SQU main library and the Centre for Educational Technology. The members of the delegation were very appreciative of SQU’s excellent infrastructure and educational facilities.