Oxford’s Isis Innovation to advise on new Gulf university

The University of Oxford’s technology transfer company is to help a group of Omani business leaders set up a new university in the country.

April 27, 2014

Isis Innovation will be the lead consultant in the project to develop Muscat University, a private, not-for-profit institution set to open its doors in 2016.

The founders hope that the university will produce graduates with the aptitude and skills to grow local businesses, and over time help increase employment opportunities in Oman.

Juma bin Ali al Juma, chairman of the university founders’ committee, said: “The vision for Muscat University is to create a centre of excellence, where academic achievement directly contributes to the development of an entrepreneurial culture in Oman and a positive force for the expansion of the private sector.”

He added that the university will equip the next generation of Omani youth to face “the challenges of the future”.

Isis Innovation will develop the framework of the university, and an implementation plan for academic programmes, research and innovation, and knowledge transfer. The Oxford company will also advise on how to position the institution in the region.

Managing director of Isis Innovation, Tom Hockaday, said: “Isis is delighted to participate in such a major role for this project. The metrics for success include the establishment by Muscat University of strong business links and of spin-off companies, both areas in which we have extensive experience.”

Foundation programmes at Muscat University are scheduled to start in September 2016, with undergraduate courses beginning the following year.

holly.else@tsleducation.com

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