Admission tests, interviews for higher education in Oman from Aug 23 to 29

Close to 36,000 successful candidates applied through the website of the Higher Education Admission Centre of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.

Muscat: The Higher Education Admission Centre (HEAC) at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, will begin to conduct admission tests and interviews from Monday, 23 August to 29 August 2021 for students who completed general education diploma or equivalent and received their certificates/diplomas this year as per the scheduled programmes.

In a statement issued recently, the HEAC said that the students can view (via its website) the venues, and dates and contact numbers accorded to each programme.

The names of students selected for the tests/interviews will be available under “registration” page at HEAC website from Sunday, 22 August 2021.

HEAC advises those unable to attend the interviews/tests due to health reasons (like contracting Covid-19 infection or mixing with Covid-19 patients or any other health reasons) to directly contact the establishments concerned and discuss alternative dates.

The dates set for tests and interviews have been fixed after the end of the “Period of Amendment/Change of Choices” by 17 August via HEAC website.

The number of successful candidates who applied via the HEAC website stood at 35,753 students.

The Higher Education Admission Centre reminds all that the first results of sorting will be available from Sunday 5 September 2021.


Higher Education in Oman in for major transformation

Muscat: Higher Education in Oman is in for a major transformation with a focus on quality, upgraded academic standards, and high standards of pass outs from the Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).

In an interview with the Observer, Dr. Bakhit Ahmed al Mahri, Undersecretary for Higher Education in the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation (HESRI), elucidated upon the challenges, opportunities, and goals of the ministry in the light of current changes that have been introduced to upgrade the academic standards of the HEIs. He put stress on the benefits of the merger of three wings – the higher education, scientific research and vocational institutions – under one umbrella.

He called the merger of certain HEIs a much-needed step to streamline the higher education system in the country. “After the merger, all the HEIs have come under one regulator called Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation (HESRI). With this, it is easy to standardise, monitor, and regulate the system in the desired direction, which is Oman’s Vision 2040.”

The broad merger is the merger of higher education, scientific research, and vocational institutions under one umbrella, which is HESRI. Al Mahri feels this as a better arrangement in terms of coordination, planning, and implementation. “Earlier there were certain elements of research with the erstwhile ministry of higher education, as research is one of the core issues of the HEIs. With the merger of all the issues related to scientific research under one umbrella, it is easy for us to rule out duplications.

“Similar is the case with the vocational institutions. Since they are also part of the HESRI, every higher education institution is going to benefit from any one of the policies taken for the whole sector,” he said.

Out of this merger, a new university – the University of Technology and Applied Sciences – has been formed and all vocational institutions came under the purview of the HESRI. The total number of HEIs, both government and private, in Oman is 62. There are nine private universities and 19 private colleges in Oman. All others are government HEIs.

“Being one regulator for all the HEIs is the best in the interest of higher education. Apart from easy to regulate, the system can check if there is any duplication. There can be one policy for private-public partnership in which the gainers are the students and ultimately the country,” Dr Al Mahri said.

The challenges, according to him, are in the areas of constant up-gradation of academic standards, tie-ups with international institutions and maximising the in-country physical and academic resources.

He exhorted the students to take advantage of higher education policies, which are directly inclined towards the welfare of the students.



Over 21,000 students accepted to higher education institutes for new academic year

Muscat: The Unified Admission Center at the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation announced yesterday the results of the first screening for the academic year 2020/2021.

Dr. Hamad bin Khalfan Al-Nu’mani, Director General of the Unified Admission Center, indicated that the total number of seats and scholarships offered in higher education institutions were 22,817, out of which 53.5 per cent is offered in government higher education institutions, 43 per cent in private higher education institutions, and 3.5 per cent to external education institutions.


Increase in student results leads to higher acceptance rates in Oman

An increase in the overall result of students in the general education diploma has led to higher acceptance rates this year.

Hamad Al Harithi, Assistant Director General for Scholarships Affairs at the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation said: “The increase in the results of students in the general education diploma and the decrease in the seats which are allocated for external scholarship from 1,650 to 750 seats led to an increase in competition for opportunities, and thus higher acceptance rates.”