SQU in­tro­duces Al Raha Res­i­dences for new stu­dents

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Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity (SQU) launches new stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties for the newly en­rolled male stu­dents in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate the ed­u­ca­tional process. The new fa­cil­ity called ‘Al Raha Res­i­dences’ will be al­lo­cated to the new batch of stu­dents who are not res­i­dents of Mus­cat and hence not fa­mil­iar with the new en­vi­ron­ment.

Dr Naifah bint Eid Suleem, as­sis­tant dean of the Stu­dent Af­fairs for So­cial Ser­vices at SQU, said that this ini­tia­tive is part of the univer­sity’s ef­forts to pro­vide ap­pro­pri­ate learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment for its stu­dents. She hoped that the pos­i­tive out­comes of such fa­cil­i­ties would be re­flected on aca­demic per­for­mances of the stu­dents and par­tic­i­pa­tion in dif­fer­ent ac­tiv­i­ties. Al Raha Res­i­dences are pro­vided by hir­ing apart­ments in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the pri­vate sec­tor.

Dr Naifah hoped pro­vid­ing stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion would help stu­dents fo­cus more on their aca­demic side and thus re­duce the num­ber of stu­dents who fail in their first year.

Some stu­dents fail due to the lack of suit­able ac­com­mo­da­tion and hous­ing fa­cil­i­ties. As per the new ini­tia­tive, the univer­sity will pro­vide a range of ser­vices in­clud­ing fur­nished rooms for about 1,200 stu­dents and trans­porta­tion ser­vice by two trips per day.

The univer­sity also pro­vides nu­tri­tion, laun­dry, free In­ter­net, main­te­nance, pho­to­copy­ing, print­ing, study halls, en­ter­tain­ment, prayer rooms and health ser­vices. The res­i­dence will be ready for stu­dents by Au­gust 5.

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