Muscat: Inclusion of several foreign higher education institutions in the list of universities recommended for study have been approved.
Approvals were given by the Qualifications and Equivalent Recognition Committee for Qualifications obtained from Non-Omani Higher Education Institutions at its third meeting for 2016.
The Committee approved the inclusion of several higher education institutions in the list of universities recommended for study – subject to being a full time student at the higher education institution premises in the Netherlands.
Further, the Committee included Antwerp Management School in the Kingdom of Belgium, subject to being a full time student at the School premises in Belgium. It also included Nitte University in India subject to being full time student.
Additionally, the Committee approved the master in law programme offered by the US universities, subject to being a full time student at the institutions' premises and not less than 30 credit hours for study subjects and research.
The Committee decided not to include Alma Mater Europaea in the Republic of Slovenia as the mother university Alma Mater Europaea in Austria has not obtained accreditation by the relevant authorities.
Moreover, the Committee dismissed several applications to accredit and equalise qualifications including the application to accredit the Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Omdurman Islamic University in the Republic of Sudan in 2015 as the student did not get prior approval before staying there.
The Committee did not equalize the MBA certificate issued by the Open University Malaysia, in collaboration with the Arab Open University in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2015, as the Ministry does not accredit the higher education institutions in Malaysia. Moreover, the student took up the tests in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and not at the Arab Open University premises in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
It also decided not to equalize the master of political science certificate issued by Balochistan University in Pakistan in 2013 as the student completed his study through affiliation system.
The Committee also refused to equalize the bachelor degree in applied accounting certificate issued by Oxford Brookes University in 2010 as the study was completed at a non-licensed training institute inside the Sultanate.