GFP Orientation Program

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Around 302 new intake students of the General Foundation Program (GFP) attended an orientation program at the English Language Center as UTAS-Salalah commenced its second semester for the academic year 2021-2022. The new students were organized into 12 groups, 10 in the ELC new building and 2 in the ELC main building. Each group had its own tutor, who was tasked to oversee the orientation program.

In adherence to the Supreme Committee’s decision on social distancing, the UTAS-Salalah key officials delivered their messages virtually (via MS Teams) to the new GFP students.

Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al Mamari, the Dean of UTAS-Salalah, opened the orientation program. In his speech, he encouraged the students to take their studies seriously and to get familiar with the numerous facilities and services in the university. He highlighted the role of the university in preparing students to be equipped with high competences of knowledge and skills needed in the global labour market. He also provided a glimpse of the three academic departments, which students go for their post-foundation studies.

After that, Mr. Saeed Al-Mashiki, the Head of the ELC, delivered his message to the students. He gave a run-through of the multi-cultural background of the staff, who are highly qualified to help students become more proficient in the international language. He advised the students to put extra efforts into studying English outside the classroom. In that way, students’ language skills would be enhanced, which will greatly help in their post-foundation studies. He also thanked the ELC staff for handling their duties well amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs likewise gave a talk during the orientation program. Mr. Ahmed Al Rawas discussed the services being offered by the Student Affairs, such as guidance and counseling. He assured the students that his department is always ready to assist them in their needs, and it is the job of the Student Affairs to ensure the quality of student life both inside and outside the classroom.

Meanwhile, the group tutor for each class presented some PPT slides illustrating the guidelines in IT and the Math Progress Tests, login information for taking these said tests, instructions for registering courses on the CIMS platform, and some COVID protocols that must be observed at all times on the university premises.

Additional Info

  • Academic Year: AY 2021-2022
  • Semester: 2nd Semester
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