Higher Education Systems and Institutions, Sultanate of Oman

  • Khalaf Al’AbriEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1_489-1

HE System Development

Oman is a developing country, situated in the Middle East. It is one of the six Arab Gulf States, bordering with the United Arab Emirates, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Iran. Since 1970, when His Majesty the Sultan Qaboos became the Sultan, Oman has witnessed major reform in all aspects of development. Before 1970, there were only three schools and no higher education system at all. Since then, oil and gas, as the main contributors in the Omani economy, has made the Omani government to invest heavily in education. The Omani population is around 4.5 million (2.5 Omanis, 2 expatriates), in a land area of 309,980 km2.

It is important to mention that the Omani higher education system started officially with the establishment of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) in 1986. Indeed, SQU is the only public university till now and regarded as the premier university carrying His Majesty’s name. Before that, between 1970s and 1980s, the Omani government runs colleges...

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Useful Websites

  1. National Center for Statistics and Information: www.ncsi.gov.om
  2. Sultan Qaboos University: www.squ.edu.om
  3. The Education Council: www.educouncil.gov.om
  4. The Higher Education Admission Center: www.heac.gov.om
  5. The Oman Academic Accreditation Authority: www.oaaa.gov.om
  6. The Research Council: www.trc.gov.om

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sultan Qaboos UniversitySeebOman

Section editors and affiliations

  • Goolam Mohamedbhai
    • 1
  • Patricio Langa
    • 2
  1. 1.Rose-HillMauritius
  2. 2.Centre for Adult and Continuing EducationUniversity of the Western CapeCape TownSouth Africa