Occidental Oman Support Awards to Recognize Oman’s Postgraduates

Occidental Oman Support Awards to Recognize Oman’s Postgraduates

Image Attribute: Students at Sultan Qaboos University

Image Attribute: Students at Sultan Qaboos University

For the second consecutive year, Oxy Oman and Gulf Intelligence have teamed up to recognize Omani and Oman-based postgraduates with outstanding achievements in the field of energy. Award nominations, which are open now, will be evaluated by a proficient Selection Committee that will announce 4 winners, 2 Masters and 2 Ph.D. postgraduates.This initiative comes at a time when the sultanate gets ready to celebrate its brightest minds who can take the globally-lauded helm from the older generation and spearhead a new era of innovation in the sultanate.

The Award Winners will be presented with their Awards at the 5th Gulf Intelligence Oman Energy Forum on November 28th in Muscat. The Awards mark a key step in efforts exerted by stakeholders in Industry & Academia to inspire an ethos of innovation and research and development (R&D) in Oman. Such mentalities and working environments will also provide more coveted job opportunities for the country’s brightest students – encouraging talents to work locally are essential to Oman’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy.

“Postgraduates’ intellectual appetite for pushing the boundaries of what we think we know should be recognized and supported. In this way, we can foster a positive cycle of inspiration and mentorship for even younger generations.  Along with entrepreneurship, skills development and other enabling efforts, enhancement of a focused research capability can play a key role in diversification and development of a sustainable economy,” said Stephen A. Kelly, President, and General Manager, Occidental of Oman. 

Significant progress is being made to create an environment where excellent thinkers can thrive in Oman; encompassing scientists, engineers, economists, communicators, analysts and many more crucial roles. Postgraduate appetite is clearly growing. Around 300 Masters and Ph.D. students have enrolled across sixty different programs at the Sultan Qaboos University this year alone, marking one of the university’s highest enrollment rates so far. 

The volume of postgraduate talents will only grow in line with the sultanate’s world-class facilities, including the launch of Innovation Park Muscat (IPM) at the end of this year. IPM marks the newest and most ambitious science and technology development in the country to date, thus reaffirming the sultanate’s penchant for novel thinking.Developing and celebrating a cadre of people who have invested in the future to tackle important challenges creates a significant opportunity for Oman moving forward. 

Criteria for Nominees for the Ph.D. Award: 

    Omani National, or Oman-based and Oman-educated for a period of 10 consecutive years. 
    Near completion of Ph.D., or a recent Ph.D. graduate in an energy-related field. Degree must have been completed within the past two years. 
    Demonstrates potential to be a future thought leader in the energy industry in Oman. 
    Ph.D. dissertation should be relevant to Oman. 
    Extra weight is given to Ph.D. studies that directly impact the advancement of the local industry. 
    Demonstrate the intention of working in Oman. 

Criteria for Nominees for the Master's Award: 

    Omani National, or Oman-based and Oman-educated for a period of 10 consecutive years. 
    Near completion of Masters, or a recent Masters graduate in an energy-related field. Degree must have been completed within the past two years. 
    Demonstrates potential to be a future thought leader in the energy industry in Oman. 
    Current, or planned involvement in energy-related research in Oman. 
    Demonstrate the intention of working in Oman. 
    Extra weight will be given to those with intent to pursue a Ph.D. 
    Exemplary Undergraduate and Graduate grades. 

For more details, 
Brian Cozzolino, Senior Associate, Gulf Intelligence
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