Sur University College was granted its operating license on 20th May 2001 and accepted its first intake of nearly 300 students on 1st October 2001. The founder and Chairman is Sheikh Mubarak Bahwan, who is himself a 'Suri'. Sheikh Bahwan had the vision to establish a university within the region ****d upon several key factors:
·Since 1994 the Omani government has issued licenses for the establishment of private colleges and universities within the Sultanate;
·This initiative reflects the growing importance of providing high quality further education for school leavers in line with the government's Omanisation program which aims to replace expatriate workers with qualified and skilled Omani nationals;
· Previously the only higher education institution in Sur was the government-funded Teacher Training College which meant an ideal opportunity for creating the region's first private university college;
· The Al Sharqiya region is the third largest in Oman in terms of population growth, economic prosperity and development. Such conditions provide employment opportunities which create a demand for competent staff with graduate qualifications who can now be sourced locally.
The government's requirement for private institutions to implement consistent high quality academic standards is achieved at present through affiliation with international academic bodies. This has resulted in Sur University College forming a partnership with Bond University .
Affiliation with Bond University
Bond University is set on a 66-hectare campus at Robina on Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Created in the traditions of the world’s leading private universities, a series of grand sandstone faculty buildings line a landscaped promenade leading down to the tranquil man-made lake.
Lecture theatres, case study rooms and tutorial rooms are conveniently located in the University Centre building; several student restaurants, cafes and bars circle the lake; and on-campus accommodation is within easy walking distance of all university faculties.
The study facilities here are world-class, incorporating high-tech lecture theatres, the latest broadband and wifi computer connections, and libraries that are ranked among Australia’s best.
Complementing these academic features, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of recreational and social outlets that encourage interaction between students outside the classroom.
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