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2012 Annual Conference - Education in Oman: Prospects and Challenges

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - Wednesday, October 3, 2012

SQCC held its annual Conference on Oman in partnership with the University of Michigan School of Education on October 2 and 3 in Ann Arbor. The two-day conference, "Education in Oman: Prospects and Challenges" was comprised of panel discussions, hands-on simulations, working groups, and a banquet dinner for conference participants.


Day one of the conference featured leading figures in Omani education reform discussing the prospects and challenges faced by the Omani education sector, as well as an introduction to two University of Michigan programs, Interactive Communications and Simulations (ICS) and Institute for Innovation in Education. Dr. Deborah Ball, Dean of the School of Education and H.E. Hunaina Al Mughairy, Ambassador of Oman to the U.S., gave opening remarks.


The panel, chaired by Dr. John Godfrey, Associate Dean for International Affairs at the Rackham Graduate School, was comprised of members of the Omani delegation, H.E. Dr. Ali Al Bemani, Vice Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University; H.E. Habib Al Riyami, Secretary General of Sultan Qaboos Higher Center for Culture and Science; Dr. Amer Al Rawas, CEO of Oman Telecommunications Company; and Dr. Aisha Salim Al Harthi, Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Sultan Qaboos University.


Day one culminated in a banquet dinner for conference participants, featuring H.E. Dr. Madiha bint Ahmed bin Nassir Al Shaibani, Minister of Education, Sultanate of Oman, as the keynote speaker. She discussed the extensive strides in education reform made under H.M. Sultan Qaboos, as well as challenges and future plans in the Sultanate.


During day two, conference attendees gathered in small working groups to discuss both new and established ICS projects in order to encourage feedback and exchange among participants. ICS and Omani colleagues broke into working groups composed of teachers, former mentors, and project designers, and Omani participants to examine eight projects, including the Place Out of Time Simulation, Earth Odyssey: Oman, and Mapmaking in the Community Game.


"Education in Oman: Prospects and Challenges" was a successful conference that connected American and Omani educators through an exchange of ideas, innovative new project, and hearty discussions about education today.

Posted By: evoight - Monday, 15 October, 2012 at 12:00 AM