PDO signs re­search, de­vel­op­ment pact with Mus­cat Univer­sity

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Mus­cat - Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Oman (PDO) has signed a re­search and de­vel­op­ment R&D agree­ment with Mus­cat Univer­sity to help re­solve some of its com­plex tech­ni­cal chal­lenges.

The col­lab­o­ra­tion deal will sup­port PDO’s ef­fort to boost InCoun­try Value by ad­vanc­ing aca­demic and vo­ca­tional de­vel­op­ment and in­creas­ing the share of the oil and gas in­dus­try’s wealth re­tained in Oman, stated a press re­lease.

The Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) will also pave the way for stu­dents to de­velop their tech­ni­cal ex­per­tise through place­ments with the com­pany and the univer­sity will col­lab­o­rate on shar­ing best prac­tice in the area of knowl­edge man­age­ment.

The two or­gan­i­sa­tions will also work to­gether to en­cour­age Omani small and medium-sized en­ter­prises and en­trepreneurs to carry out their ba­sic tech­no­log­i­cal re­search, test-proof their con­cep­tual thoughts and in­no­va­tive ideas and de­velop earlystage tech­nol­ogy in the univer­sity’s lab­o­ra­to­ries prior to any po­ten­tial fu­ture com­mer­cial agree­ments.

PDO will as­sist with the es­tab­lish­ment of a tech­nol­ogy cen- tre at the univer­sity and its own ex­perts will be given ac­cess to these re­search hubs and run and de­velop teach­ing pro­grammes.

The MoU was signed by Pro­fes­sor Yusra Mouzughi, in­terim vice chan­cel­lor of Mus­cat Univer­sity, and Am­ran al Marhubi, PDO’s tech­ni­cal di­rec­tor.

Marhubi said, “PDO is work­ing hard with key re­search part­ners to es­tab­lish hubs of tech­no­log­i­cal ex­per­tise in Oman which can help us to ad­dress some of our key chal­lenges.

“These col­lab­o­ra­tions not only give us ac­cess to in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions and the best tech­nol­ogy and tools but also en­able stu­dents to learn more about the needs of the sul­tanate’s econ­omy and their po­ten­tial em­ploy­ers. This part­ner­ship is a win-win for the na­tional oil and gas sec­tor and Omani academia.”

Pro­fes­sor Yusra added, “This agree­ment re­flects Mus­cat Univer­sity’s com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing a high qual­ity ed­u­ca­tional pro­vi­sion that is re­search in­formed and in­dus­try led.

“Hav­ing close links with in- dus­try en­sures the rel­e­vance of our pro­grammes and the longterm em­ploy­a­bil­ity of our grad­u­ates and makes a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to meet­ing some of the key chal­lenges faced by in­dus­try. Fur­ther, this agree­ment forms the be­gin­ning of de­vel­op­ing a greater un­der­stand­ing of how knowl­edge man­age­ment can help make gains and ef­fi­cien­cies in the oil and gas sec­tor.”

The MoU will run for three years and also pave the way for PDO staff to en­rol for BSc, MSc and PhD cour­ses at the varsity.

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