“Leading in technological and applied education contributing to the development of a sustainable and knowledge-based society.”
Guided by the UTAS vision, the English Language Center at UTAS-Salalah prides itself for having achieved numerous milestones this Academic Year 2022-2023.
The 2nd ELC Day on May 25, 2023 marked the celebration of the Center’s achievements in various aspects. The annual event was an homage to the ELC administration, staff, and students, whose hard work and dedication have helped exceed the UTAS vision.
The celebration started with a pictorial of staff and students in the main ELC building. The cutting of the ribbon followed in the Multi-purpose by the Guest of Honour Dr. Alamir Nasser Al-Alawi, the Dean of UTAS-Salalah, CAS.
Highlighting the event was the presentation of the ELC achievements by Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of the ELC. These included initiatives on going green and sustainable, seminars and workshops in research and professional development, remedial and tutorial sessions, student competitions and activities, benchmarking with other higher education institutions, community outreach programs, educational field trips, ELC publications, TRC and internal funded research, GFP supervisory visit, and many more.
The Cultural Show wowed the audience as select ELC staff representing 16 countries ramped on stage with their traditional clothes. The ELC as the most diversified department at UTAS-Salalah wanted to build bridges to trust, respect, and understanding across cultures.
Another highlight of the program was the recognition of staff and students who contributed to the achievements of the ELC, more specifically in exceeding the university vision. The awarding of certificates was done by the Guest of Honour, assisted by the HoC-ELC.
To add color to the celebration, games and contests were played by staff and students. One of which was the Ikebana, the Japanese art of floral arrangement, which uses carefully selected blossoms, greenery, and other flora to convey a specific feeling or emotion to an observer. Participants to this contest put their best feet forward in making flowers come alive.
The celebration ended with a potluck lunch, where the ELC staff brought and shared their own local dishes to their colleagues, students, and janitors. It was a way of thanking all the stakeholders for sharing their precious time with the ELC academic community.