Thursday 20 November 2014

Nick Petford and Dean of Gulf College, Oman

The University of Northampton has today, Thursday 20 November, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Gulf College in Oman. The Gulf College is a leading institute in Oman and supported by the Omani Government.

The Gulf College has ambitious plans to expand the number of students they teach from 3,000 to 12,000 by 2018, part of this involved opening a new campus.

This MOU includes plans to develop the way in which computing and other courses are delivered by the Gulf College, allowing for more students. The collaboration between our School of Science and Technology’s computing academics and those at the Gulf College will allow students to study the BSC, BEgn and MSc computing courses.

Senior Lecturer in Computing at the School of Science and Technology, Dr Ali Al-Sherbaz commented: “This MOU forms a significant part of our rapidly developing strategy to work with international partners. The MOU follows increasing desire from International universities to offer more international pathway options for their students.

“The UK is becoming an increasingly popular destination for computing students from around the world and there has been a steady increase of students coming to the UK for study over the past three years. This increase is partly due to a fast growing economy and more middle income families with a higher disposable income.”

Professor Taki Al Adbuwani, Dean of the Gulf College, said: “The University of Northampton delivers the kind of programme in computing education that the Omani market needs. The mix of academic and practical experience within the course is impressive, this, alongside the excellent links with industry in the Middle East makes the courses excellent for our students’ employability prospects.”

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