Muscat: Range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs in Oman is enormous, says the Dean of the Caledonian College of Engineering.
“The majority of our national economic projects are based on STEM, and the future job market and entrepreneurship opportunities are all moving in that direction,” Dr Ahmed Hassan Al Bulushi, Dean of the Caledonian College of Engineering, told Times of Oman.
Dr Al Bulushi was speaking on the sideline of workshops for students by BAE systems, in partnership with the Ministry of Education at Caledonian College.
“The entire national economy and policies of Oman is based on STEM, so our educational system has to emphasise STEM education and should encourage students to develop this area so they can later contribute to the national economy,” Al Bulushi added.
“Within the school system, students should be aware of the benefits, future and seriousness of the STEM subjects,” he added.
“These types of workshops and this type of exposure will help students to learn about STEM and it will help them recognise the real picture before they enrol in the college,” Al Bulushi further added. The second and final STEM workshop will be held on March 3 at Sultan Qaboos University.
BAE system’s engineering graduates, together with volunteers from SQU and Caledonian College, guide the school’s students through the workshops, which are designed to encourage them to study STEM subjects to pursue their career in either technology or engineering.
According to Dr. Nasser Salim al Ghanbosi, Deputy General Manager, National Career Guidance Center (NCGC),“We aim to educate students in fields that suit their interests and abilities, while aligning with the needs of the Omani Market.”