Muscat: Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has joined hands with the Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS) at the Environmental Campus Birkenfeld, Germany to conduct a research investigating the ‘Zero Emission Campus’ potential at the SQU.
The “Zero Emission Campus” initiative of SQU is part of its efforts to serve as a higher education institute specialised in sustainability studies in the areas of energy, water, agriculture, technology and management. It will help SQU to offer excellent higher education for both local and international students in collaboration with Environmental Campus Birkenfeld and its global partner universities.
By achieving Zero Emission Campus status, SQU can host and conduct applied research in collaboration with international organisations to resolve regional problems, such as sustainable water and soil management using renewable technologies.
The University can also support the national mandate of augmenting the ‘green-tech SMEs’ by providing knowledge, skills, and other expertise as part of the learning component of research, a group of international students from Environmental Campus Birkenfeld has joined the programme as observers.
The observers have been joined by local stakeholders from Oman to form the ‘collaborative Travelling University (TU) team’. TU is an academic tool pioneered by IfaS.
The international students arrived at SQU on 6 March 2019, and was received by officials led by Dr. Amer Al Hinai, Director of the Sustainable Energy Research Centre at SQU.