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The IEEE organization announced an “IEEEXtreme Programming Competition 17.0” for this calendar year 2023. IEEE members from our student branch in our university are eligible to participate in this global programming competition 17.0. This IEEEXtreme competition will take place on 28th of October 2023.

First Prize winner:

  • Roundtrip coach airline tickets for each winner from winner’s preferred major metropolitan airport to the conference destination.
  • conference registration fees
  • Three-night hotel stay in a standard room will be provided by IEEE for each winning team member.

Second Place:

  • Each member of the team that wins 2nd place in the IEEEXtreme 17.0 competition will receive a US$400 cash award!

Third Place:

  • Each member of the team that wins 3rd place in the IEEEXtreme 17.0 competition will receive a US$300 cash award!

4th – 10th Place:

  • Each member of the 4th through 10th place teams will receive an Xtreme merchandise bundle and special software gifts from competition sponsors

Top 100:

  • All members team that place in the top 100 at the end of Xtreme competition will receive bundle with special software gifts from the competition sponsors.

 

Registration will end by 20th of October 2023.  Interested students may contact the IEEE student branch coordinators Dr. R. Venkateswaran, IT and Mr. Arun Balaji, Engineering Departments for registration. Please click this link https://ieeextreme.org/ for more information.

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With the start of the Academic Year 2023-2024 on September 3, 2023, Dr. Ahmed Ali Al Shahri, the  newly appointed Assistant Vice-Chancellor of UTAS-Salalah addressed all the staff to set the tone for the year ahead.  After extending a warm welcome, he stated that this year is pivotal in the institution's history as it embarks on a journey of full integration and growth.

 

The merging of Salalah College of Technology (SCT) and the College of Applied Sciences (CAS) stands as part of the vision of University of Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS)  for a more cohesive institution that can offer unparalleled educational opportunities in the Dhofar Region. Dr. Al Shahri likewise emphasized the potentials and opportunities of this merger by combining the strengths and resources of both institutions.

 

He apprised the staff of the accomplishments during the break stating that the teams worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition and gladly announced successful accomplishments, including curriculum alignment, administrative process integration, and the initial steps in merging of technological infrastructures.

 

Looking ahead, the AVC acknowledged that challenges may lay on the horizon. The merging of two institutions is a complex undertaking, but the AVC expressed confidence in UTAS-Salalah’s ability to face these challenges.

 

Finally, the AVC took a moment to express gratitude to all the staff for their unwavering dedication and commitment to the institution's mission which have been instrumental in the merger's success. He welcomed back every staff member and recognized their pivotal role in shaping the future of the merged institution.

 

As the new academic year unfolds, UTAS-Salalah stands prepared to etch an extraordinary and historicalchapter in its legacy.

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The University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah marked an institutional milestone in holding its Graduation Ceremony on March 8thth, 2023 at the Sultan Qaboos Youth Center-Salalah

Under the Patronage of His Excellency, Dr. Abdullah Ali Al Amri,  Chairman of Environment Authority, the graduation of Five Hundred Seventy Four (574) students were conferred from the Colleges of Engineering and Technology, Economics and Business Administration and Computing and Information Sciences.

The momentous occasion was graced by the presence of the members of the University Management, honored guests from the different educational institutions, public and private sectors and the academic and academic support staff of the College.

On his commencement speech, the Branch Dean, Dr. Mohammed Rashid Al Mamari, congratulated the graduates on their well-deserved success and expressed his pride on their achievements.  The Dean likewise relayed some of the University’s major accomplishments in the previous academic year which represent a culmination of the University’s progress.

In continuous adherence to one of the University’s goals to develop and strengthen institutional relationships in all relevant aspects with the stakeholders, the College Dean, Dr Mohammed Rashid Al-Mamari, welcomed Mr Naif Hamed Fadhil, Chairman of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Dhofar Region and Mr Mohammed Al Barami, Director of Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry -Dhofar Region for a collaborative meeting.

Mutually beneficial ways on how both parties can work in partnership were the focus points of discussion such as extending two-way support in the areas of community service, entrepreneurship, academics and other facets significant to both parties.  The Dean proudly conveyed that UTAS-Salalah continuously initiates and supports the public through different community outreach programs and its commitment to be a responsible participant in the local and national community.

The meeting concluded with affirmations that both parties will continue to strive in mutually strengthening their roles and social responsibilities to the students, to the public and to the community. 

The University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Salalah has commemorated the "Research Day" event in the Multi-Purpose Hall under the auspices of Dr. Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maamari, Dean of the Salalah branch of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, and accompanied by representatives of the academic and administrative staff, as well as students who attended on behalf of different college departments.

The event has witnessed the presentation of a number of research projects for faculty members as well as students, whose research projects were funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation. The event has also witnessed the official institution of several individual patents, which were recently obtained by a number of academic staff at the UTAS Salalah branch.

Looking at these developments more closely, Dr. Yasir Al Yafaei, Chairman of the Research and Consultancy Committee at UTAS-Salalah has validated the outstanding amount of effort by the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Salalah in disseminating the culture of scientific research amongst its staff and promoting the principle of research and innovation activities amidst faculty members and students alike. He has further corroborated that the University Branch Research and Consultancy Committee strives to continuously enrich scientific content of research and instill this culture among academics and students, alongside its obligation to recognize and celebrate the achievements of distinguished researchers, through the conduction of “Research Day" as an annual convention to be held on the grounds of the university's Salalah campus.

It is worth noting that the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Salalah has obtained research funding from the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation for 17 individually initiated scientific research projects worth a total of forty-seven thousand seven hundred and thirty nine Omani riyals, so that this research funding will act as a further incentive to better develop and build the research capabilities of the university community.

The members of the Student Advisory Council for the Academic Year of 2022-2023 were welcomed and met by Dr Mohammed Rashid Al Mamari, Dean of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah, together with the Assistant Deans and Heads of Academic Departments on December 13th, 2022. The Dean commended the students’ efforts and stressed on the significance of the formation and the roles of the Student Advisory Council in maintaining the connections between the administration and the student community. The Dean likewise solicited and besought their support in various aspects connected to their duties as members of the student council which will assist UTAS-Salalah in fulfilling its mission and vision.

The members of the Student Advisory Council presented their action plans for the current academic year and laid the subjects discussing key issues and important topics impacting the students’ educational experiences and the management’s perspective to the queries and concerns.

Finally, the Dean expressed his confidence that the dedication and commitment of the members will ultimately lead to new initiatives for the University.

In continuous adherence to the principle of strengthening the strategic collaboration between UTAS-Salalah and other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah represented by the Dean, Dr Mohammed Rashid Al Mamari, has signed a cooperation agreement with Mazoon College Muscat. This research- focused memorandum mainly aims to contribute to the advancement of research, the imparting of various skill sets, and the maximization of national capabilities between the 2 HEIs. Mazoon College-Muscat was represented by the College’s Acting Dean, Dr. Rashid Al Azri.

The other broad objectives of this MoC are to promote educational and academic exchange, collaboration and research-focused cooperation between the 2 educational institutions.

Dr Mohammed Al Mamari, the Dean, commenting on the new initiative, stressed on the importance of such partnership between academic institutions in sharing best practices and collaborative academic activities which would assist the University in achieving its mission and vision.

Adhering to the principle of strengthening the strategic partnership and enhancing cooperation between academic institutions and the industry, the University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah has signed a cooperation agreement with Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) on December 5th, 2022.

The agreement was underwritten by the Dean of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Dr Mohammed Rashid Al Mamari and Oman Electricity Transmission Company (OETC) was represented by Mr. Salim Ahmed Al Zubaidi, Senior Manager Transmission (Dhofar).  The agreement signed by UTAS-Salalah with OETC focuses on mutual collaboration on the areas of research and innovation, student on-the-job trainings, mutual sharing of human and physical resources, and sharing of innovative ideas that would mutually benefit both organizations.

Commenting on the agreements, Dr Mohammed Al Mamari elaborated that this type of partnership between the private sector and higher education institutions is of utmost importance as it creates opportunities for integration between the two sectors, and contributes to raising the level of readiness of our graduates from the education sector.  The Dean added that UTAS-Salalah shall maintain its dedication to the process of qualifying its students and providing them with scientific and practical skills that are in line with the needs of the labor market.

The University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Salalah has signed a cooperation agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on December 5th, 2022 in continuous adherence to the standard of strengthening and enhancing the strategic partnership and cooperation between academic institutions and the industry.

The agreement was signed by the Dean of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences, Dr Mohammed Rashid Al Mamari while the Civil Aviation Authority was represented by Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Al Yafai, the Acting Director of CAA Dhofar Office.  The memorandum of cooperation signed by UTAS-Salalah with CAA focuses on communal cooperation on the areas of research and innovation, student on-the-job trainings, mutual sharing of human and physical resources, and sharing of innovative ideas that would mutually benefit both organizations.

Dr Mohammed Al Mamari, the Dean, stressed on the importance of such partnership between the private sector and higher education institutions as it will benefit the students’ competitiveness and readiness in the industry.  He added with an assurance that UTAS-Salalah shall continue maintaining its commitment in undertaking steps to provide the students with the necessary scientific and practical skills that are in line with the needs of the industry.

On November 22, 2022, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Student Branch of the University of Technology and Applied Sciences- Salalah (UTAS-Salalah) held its officer election program. In order to assist the IEEE branch activities in the University, three more positions such as secretary, treasurer, and webmaster are elected.

The IEEE Student Branch works to fulfill a number of objectives intended to progress technical knowledge and improve understanding of recent technological advancements in relevant fields that benefit student communities in the University.

The IEEE branch coordinator-IT, Dr. R. Venkateswaran extended a warm greeting to all IEEE members and discussed about the importance of each officer's tasks and responsibilities.

In addition, Mr. Arun Balaji, IEEE branch Coordinator-Engineering Department emphasized the branch activities, encouraged students to take part in all IEEE events, and indicated a workshops that would soon be held at the University.

Officers and members of the IEEE Student Branch are:

Name of the Staff/Student Member Position in the University Role in the IEEE Student branch
DR. MAJDI MOHAMMED SAID BAIT ALI SULAIMAN The Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs(ADAA) IEEE – Student branch Chairperson
DR. VENKATESWARAN RADHAKRISHNAN Sr. Faculty - Information Security , IT Department IEEE Branch Coordinator-IT Department
MR. ARUN BALAJI Sr. Faculty-Electrical Section, Engineering Department IEEE Branch Coordinator – Engineering Department
SALMA ALI AKAAK IT Student IEEE Student - Chair
MANWAH MOHAMMED ALI AL MASHANI Engineering Student IEEE Student Vice-Chair
MALAK SAMI AL AAMRI IT Student IEEE Student - Secretary
ALHUSAIN ALAWI HUSSAIN AL MSHHUR BA OMAR Engineering Student IEEE student – Treasurer
SAUD SALAH AL NAJJAR IT Student IEEE - Web-design Master
AMRU HASSAN NAIROOZ AL SUWAISI Engineering Student IEEE Member
ABDULLAH SALIM AHMED AL ZUBAIDI Engineering Student IEEE Member
SALIM AHMED SALIM BA ALAWI Engineering Student IEEE Member
SALEM NASSER SALIM HUBAIS Engineering Student IEEE Member
FATIMA NAIF AL AAMRI IT Student IEEE Member
YUMNA HANI AL SALEEM IT Student IEEE Member
ALI GHAWAS AL KATHIRI IT Student IEEE Member
DURR SALIM AL GHAREEBI IT Student IEEE Member

Dr. Majdi Mohammed Said Bait Ali Sulaiman, the Chair of the IEEE Student Branch and University’s Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, commended the newly elected members as well as the entire team for this program.

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