State Council assents to study programme duplication at higher education institutes

March 15, 2017

The sixth regular session of the State Council was held on Wednesday. It examined and approved the proposal on its study of the Education and Research committee titled, ‘Revising the Duplication of Programs and Majors at Higher Education Institutions’. It also gave assent to the proposal by the Economic committee to amend the Economic Development Law issued by Royal Decree 9/75.

The session was chaired by H E Dr Yahya bin Mahfoudh al Mantheri in the presence of council members and the secretary general of the council, stated a press release.

The approval for the proposal on the study of the Education and Research committee was given following intensive discussions at the council session. It was decided to institute a committee to incorporate the observations of the members.

The decision came after Dr Abdullah bin Mubarak al Shanfari, head of the committee, highlighted the efforts and initiatives made by the committee, which included hosting officials from the Ministry of Higher Education, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) and the Ministry of Manpower.

He said that education is the foundation of development, and qualified workforce is the prerequisite for societal progress.  Therefore, it is imperative to accord high care to educational and specialty programmes and ensure their adherence to quality.

Dr Shanfari added that, at this stage the country needs to review education policies, plans and programmes and ensure that they are developed in line with changes taking place in the country and meet the requirements imposed by scientific progress.

Dr Raya bint Salim al Mantheri said that the study has identified the causes behind duplication and its negative effects and challenges facing higher education institutions and ways to avoid their occurrence, and made recommendations to limit its effects to contribute in a more structured methodology for the programmes and disciplines.

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