STUDY IN OMAN
officially the Sultanate of Oman (Arabic:), is an Arab state in Southwest Asia, on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, where it holds a strategically important position at the mouth of the Persian Gulf. The nation is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest, and shares marine borders with Iran and Pakistan. The coast is formed by the Arabian Sea on the southeast and the Gulf of Oman on the northeast. The Madha and Macadam exclaves are surrounded by the UAE on their land borders, with the Strait of Hormuz and Gulf of Oman forming Macadam’s coastal boundaries.
Full name: Sultanate of Oman
Largest city: Muscat
Rustaq, Barka, Saham, Ibri, Suwayq, Sohar, Bawshar, Salalah, Seeb, Muscat
Like the rest of the Persian Gulf, Oman generally has one of the hottest climates in the world, and receives little rainfall. Annual rainfall in Muscat averages 100 mm (3.9 in), falling mostly in January. The Dhofar Mountains area has a tropical-like climate and receives seasonal rainfall (from late June to late September) as a result of the monsoon winds from the Indian Ocean, saturated with cool moisture and heavy fog.
Global society is in the midst of a “youth bulge”, which is especially pronounced in many Muslim-majority countries. In fact, 780 million Muslims under the age of 25 comprise 11 per cent of the entire world population. As we’ve already witnessed in the Arab Spring, the future significance of these youth is undeniable.
Life expectancy at birth in Oman was estimated to be 76.1 years in 2010.As of 2010, there were an estimated 2.1 physicians and 2.1 hospital beds per 1,000 people.In 1993, 89% of the population had access to health care services. In 2000, 99% of the population had access to health care services. [During the last three decades, the Oman health care system has demonstrated and reported great achievements in health care services and preventive and curative medicine. In 2001, Oman was ranked number 8 by the World Health Organization.
The adult literacy rate in 2010 was 86.9%.Before 1970; only three formal schools existed in the entire country, with less than 1,000 students. Since Sultan Qaboos' ascension to power in 1970, the government has given high priority to education in order to develop a domestic work force, which the government considers a vital factor in the country's economic and social progress. Today there are over 1,000 state schools and about 650,000 students.
Oman's first university, Sultan Qaboos University, opened in 1986. The University of Nizwa is one of the fastest growing universities in Oman. Other post-secondary institutions in Oman include the Higher College of Technology and its six branches, six colleges of applied sciences (including a teacher's training college), a college of banking and financial studies, institute of Sharia sciences, and several nursing institutes. Some 200 scholarships are awarded each year for study abroad.
According to the Web metrics Ranking of World Universities, the top-ranking universities in the country are Sultan Qaboos University (1678th worldwide), the Dhofar University (6011th) and the University of Nizwa (6093rd) Education in Oman is provided free of charge up to the end of secondary education, though attendance is not mandatory at any level. In 1970 there were only three formal schools with 900 students in the whole country. Oman's national educational program expanded rapidly during the 1970s and the 1980s. In 2006–2007 about 560,000 students attended 1053 public schools. The number of students in private schools is about 65,000. There are also extensive programmers to combat adult illiteracy. Sultan Qaboos University, the only national university near Muscat, was founded in 1986, and in 2006 it had 13,500 students. The 2006 Human Development Report found the literacy rate to be 81.4% in adults (older than 15), up from 54.7% in 1990. For the same period, the youth (15-24) literacy rate increased from 85.6 to 97.3%. Public expenditure on education was reported to be 4.6% of GDP and 26.1% of total government spending.
Oman is a country in the Middle East. Current GDP per capita has expanded continuously in the past 50 years. It grew 339% in the 1960s reaching a peak growth of 1,370% in the 1970s scaling back to modest 13% growth in the 1980s and rising again to 34% in the 1990s.Oman's economic performance improved significantly in 1999 due largely to the mid-year upturn in oil prices. The government is moving ahead with privatization of its utilities, the development of a body of commercial law to facilitate foreign investment, and increased budgetary outlays. Oman liberalized its markets in an effort to accede to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and gained membership in 2000.
Work rights during studies:
Students who want to study a graduate program in Oman will need to apply for a student visa well in advance of arrival. It will take a minimum of ten days to process your visa application as an international student; you will be unable to work in Oman during your studies as per the terms of your visa.
Work rights for your spouse:
Before contemplating work in Oman you must apply for and obtain an NOC, which is a document that states that neither your Employer who will be sponsoring you, nor the Government of Oman have any issue with you entering the country for work purposes.