Muscat: An exclusive two-day recruitment platform for local companies to meet the 700 Omani scholars set to depart for the US on international scholarships was supported by the Oman American Business Council (OABC) under the patronage of the United States Embassy in Muscat.
OABC's facilitation of the event presented the opportunity for Omani and American businesses to establish relations with the students set to embark upon the experience-based programme, allowing them to explore potential work placements in Oman and the US.
Hosted by the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the event was attended by a number of dignitaries, including Asia Al Lamki, Cultural Attaché of the Omani Embassy in Washington, Dr Kahlan Al Kharusi, Assistant to the Grand Mufti, and Ahmed Al Azri, Director of Scholarships at MoHE.
"This event presented an exceptional opportunity to establish a strong relationship between this group of gifted students and our members in preparation for their entry into the workforce after graduation," said Jonathan Cooper, OABC Board Member and Executive Vice-President of Vision Investment Services Company.
"One of OABC's future goals is the establishment of an internship exchange programme for students in Oman and in the US."
Alongside with SME mentorship, internship programmes are another format that OABC has focused on in recent months. Six months ago, OABC's Board of Directors was approached by students and graduates of Sultan Qaboos University who presented the Jisser Student Internship Platform project which aims to provide match-making opportunities between students and recent graduates and firms offering internship placements.