Muscat: The Centre of Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) was officially opened at a ceremony held under the patronage of Dr. Ali bin Saud Al Bimani, SQU Vice Chancellor.
CETL seeks to provide services to academic faculty, thus enhancing the quality of teaching and learning first at SQU, then at both public and private higher education institutions nationally. CETL also makes visible the intellectual work of teaching while recognising excellent Faculty Fellows across the Sultan Qaboos University Colleges.
In his address on the occasion, Prof. Amer Al Rowas, SQU Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Community Service, said that the decision to establish the CETL, which was issued on June 18, 2014, is primarily intended to meet the needs of various colleges at SQU to improve the level of teaching and learning.
“Since its inception, the CETL has stimulated teaching and learning in higher education through the applications of the best teaching and learning strategies based on research and scientific evidence. During the past three years, the CETL has hosted a number of international speakers, held scientific workshops, organised conferences and panel discussions for researchers and specialists and provided resources related to teaching and learning in the 21st century”, he said.
Prof. Thuwayba Al Barwani, Director of the CETL, said that the Faculty Fellows Programme of the CETL recognises faculty who use excellent teaching and learning strategies derived from classroom-based research and who will be trained to act as college and programme consultants.
“The Faculty Fellows of the CETL are expected to conduct peer consultation; promote teaching excellence; develop outcome-based learning objectives; promote innovation in teaching; and promote student success along with other tasks”, she said.