When it opened in 1995, Majan University College (MUC) became the first private sector higher education institution (HEI) in Oman. MUC was also the first HEI in the Sultanate to gain institutional accreditation from the Oman Authority for Academic Accreditation and Quality Assurance of Education, the national higher education quality assurance agency. The College has always prided itself on providing a stimulating learning experience for its students, so in Advance HE it found a partner well-attuned to its needs and aspirations.
Dr Ammar AlBalushi
Dr Farhad Tayebipour
Since the first group of MUC applicants were successful in late summer 2018, a total of almost forty MUC staff have gained Fellowships in three categories: Associate Fellowship, Fellowship, and Senior Fellowship. Of these, five have since left the College, but almost twenty Fellows, a dozen Senior Fellows, and four Associate Fellows remain. Together they make up about two-thirds of the College’s academic staff. While it is difficult to describe or estimate the impact of the Fellowships scheme on the College, it certainly seems that it has led to greater sophistication in debates about learning and teaching matters. The testimony of the three staff featured here also provides evidence of the benefits that arise from submitting a successful application.
Majan’s partnership with Advance HE is closely monitored by the College’s Dean, Dr Maha Kobeil and Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs, Nabila Al Macki (who is also a Senior Fellow). It is directly overseen by an Associate Dean, Dr Brian Poole, who adds the following:
“We expect to continue entering some of our staff for Fellowships, because we see the benefits both in terms of individual growth and institutional development. In addition, as time goes on, we hope to collaborate with Advance HE on other projects – particularly those that will empower and upgrade the skills of young Omani academics, in line with Oman’s 2040 vision.”
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