#BuildingBridges: Austrian delegation explores possible education ties with Oman
An Austrian delegation recently visited Oman with the aim of exploring possible tie-ups in the education sector.
Dominik Freinbichler, regional coordinator - Asia, Austrian Agency for International Cooperation in Education and Research and a member of the delegation said, “We deal in scholarships and capacity building. GCC countries are interesting destinations for Austrian students and vice versa. We want to enter into a tie-up with Oman for student scholarships. We would also like to assist Omani universities to get in touch with Austrian varsities that specialise in the field of engineering and other disciplines. We received about 45 students from Oman last year and look forward to welcoming more.”
With its focus on education and vocational training, the delegation met officials of Omani universities, training institutes and businessmen. Another member of the delegation, Anton Aufner, MD, WIFI International, said, “Our main aim is to provide soft skills and vocational training to students and that is what our focus will be in Oman as well.”
The meetings with the Omani institutions mainly focused on offering appropriate solutions catering to the local needs especially in the field of vocational training and education. “The Austrian experts are preparing tailor-made programmes and proposals to meet specific needs. They are also discussing possible co-operation with local training organisations to work together in the Omani market. Some proposals are already being worked out and partnerships can be expected in the near future,” said Reinhart Zimmermann, economic counsellor, Austrian Economic Delegation in Muscat.
Meanwhile, the delegation also met officials from the Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Higher Education, Ministry of Tourism, the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, National Training Institute and the National Hospitality Institute.
During the meeting, the delegation expressed its interest in supporting SMEs in Oman. “As 90 per cent of the Austrian companies are SMEs and a lot of them are highly successful in foreign markets, our experts in training and education can share their practical experiences with Omani entrepreneurs. The first step will be to train the trainers in Austria so that they can pass their knowledge and capacities to the course participants in Oman,” Zimmermann said.
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