Also read: Royal directive on laptops for students hailed by minister
Also read: Royal directive on laptops for students hailed by minister
His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik has directed to provide laptops to new higher education students under social security and limited income.
In a statement shared today [Tuesday, August 25] by Oman TV, this will apply to students who will join higher education institutes for the 2020/2021 academic year.
Oman’s Vision 2040, the gateway to become a developed country under His Majesty Haitham bin Tarik, aims at promoting the country’s position in different sectors over the next two decades.
One of the ambitions goals in Vision 2040 is developing a favourable environment to attract talents in the labour market.
For this purpose, it outlines, “a national system that empowers human capabilities in the educational sector and nurtures scientific research, innovation, and creativity to build a knowledge-based economy and society”.
The Vision 2040 stresses on improving educational outcomes that have become necessary to build Omanis’ confidence in their identity and commitment to their social values.
“This is attainable through increasing the quality of basic and higher education and developing scientific and educational curricula, so that graduates are acquainted with competitive qualifications and employability skills to enter the local and international labour market”, it envisions.
Such graduates, according to the programme, will have an adequate level of productivity and competitiveness to build a knowledge-based economy, enhance job security in the private sector and foster a participatory relation between the private and the public sectors.
In addition to this, a developed educational system also entails the development of educational institutions, faculty and staff, the application of international standards for accreditation, the use of modern teaching and learning techniques, and the dissemination thereof as national culture.
It emphasizes that a leap is required in quality and quantity in the domain of scientific research and development, through the provision of diverse and sustainable sources of funding to support applied scientific researches to promote innovation in various fields.
“This will strengthen partnership between the academic and research institutions on the one hand and the private sector on the other”, the vision suggests.
According to it, various stakeholders need to join forces to promote the role of citizens and society in advancing economic development.
“This necessitates the establishment of a stimulating educational and vocational training system to afford individuals high-level skills to enter the labour market, raise their productivity and improve the efficiency of the economy in general”, it outlines.
Values of competition and qualification should prompt individuals to seek high-ranking jobs based entirely on merit. This implies adherence to institutional values and a performance-based qualification system.
Another aspect of joining forces also entails maximising national capabilities through a national system established to nurture talent, creativity and entrepreneurial potential.
Vision 2040 defines the national priorities to be achieved through parallel work streams, with the aim of promoting Oman’s position in the different fields over the next two decades.
The vision equally outlines the strategic directions, goals and key policies to translate ambitions into action plans underpinned by clear milestones and timelines and progressing against a set of local and international indicators to measure and evaluate the performance in a transparent manner.
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Muscat: Oman’s new ministers have said they will work to their full capacity to help the country prosper.
A large number of ministers were appointed by His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, when he issued Royal Decree No. 111/2020, for the formation of the Council of Ministers.
Among them is Qais bin Mohammed bin Moosa Al Yousef, the new Minister of Trade, Industry and Investment Promotion, who said, “I offer to His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik the deepest thanks and gratitude for his confidence in me. I ask Almighty Allah to grant me with sound judgement and the required level of responsibility. I will work to achieve Oman’s Vision 2040, as this is the desire of His Majesty the Sultan.”
He went on to add: “It is with great appreciation that I thank him for his noble intentions towards granting me the highest levels of his generous confidence. I ask all of you for your support and encouragement, and ask God to help me to perform the duties entrusted to me, so that I may fulfil them in the manner that that is appreciated and satisfies the conditions of service of our beloved leader, and the service of the generous sons of Oman. May God protect our country.”
Al Youssef’s sentiments were shared by Salem bin Muhammed Al Mahrouqi, who has beeen appointed the Minister of Heritage and Tourism.
“I am extremely grateful to His Majesty for sharing in me the highest confidence, and ask God to grant us success in honouring the trust put in us in order to preserve and advance the achievement of the country in line with its national hopes, ambitions and goals,” he said.
Dr. Khalfan bin Said bin Mubarak Al-Shu’aili, the Minister of Housing and Urban Planning, also thanked His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik for his trust, saying, “With the highest gratitude, I am honoured to present to His Majesty my thanks for his Royal and generous confidence. I hope Almighty Allah will give me the maturity and confidence to carry out the trust put in me so that I may fulfil my duties, and turn into reality the lofty vision planned for the good of Oman and its people.”
Oman’s new Minister of Foreign Affairs also sent out a message of thanks and gratitude. Sayyid Badr bin Hamad bin Hamoud Al-Busaidi, went on to say: “Thanks to everyone who appointed me to this role, and sent me their kind and generous congratulations. To earn the Royal confidence which saw me appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs is truly an honour.”
A commitment to hard work was the crux of the message shared by Dr. Mahad bin Said bin Ali Ba’owain, who has been appointed as the Minister of Labour. “We thank Allah for the high confidence of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik, and we ask God for success in our service to Oman, its Sultan and its people, so that we may serve them to the best of our abilities, and better. A lot of serious work is ahead of us, and we will, God willing, work on integration with everyone so that they may serve and elevate this country.”
Many of the new ministers have already begun work overseeing their new positions and carrying out their responsibilities.
“Dr. Rahma bint Ibrahim bin Said Al-Mahrouqiyah, Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, was briefed on the developments of the Unified Admission Centre in light of the results announced, in the presence of their Excellencies the Undersecretaries of the Ministry,” said a statement from her ministry.
“To His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, I extend my highest thanks and gratitude,” said Laila bint Ahmed bin Awadh Al-Najar, the new Minister of Social Development. “I thank him for his high level of confidence in me, and pledge before God, that I will be sincere in our service to our dear Oman. May God protect Oman, and His Majesty the Sultan.”