Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
April 22, 2013


Topic: Opportunities in Oman’s Higher Education Sector

Host: Greta C. Holtz, U.S. Ambassador to Oman

Special Guests:

  • Dr. Thomas Andersson, Senior Advisor, Ministry of Higher Education
  • Ms. Bregje Van Baaren, Coordinator for External Scholarships, Ministry of Higher Education

Date, time, time zone for call: Monday, April 22; 12:00 EDT (20:00 Local Time)

Brief description of call: Education and training were awarded $3.38bn, or 10% of all projected state spending in Oman’s budget for 2013, up 25% from last year. In addition, Sultan Qaboos in 2011 launched a new government scholarship program sending 500 or more Omani students to the U.S. for undergraduate education every year for the next five years. Participants in the Direct Line webinar can inquire about how to attract some of these students. This virtual videoconference will also focus on opportunities for U.S. firms to partner with the government of Oman as it plans and builds a new Science & Technology City focusing on engineering, medicine and life science, city planning, entrepreneurship, citizenship, and ethics, as well as a new national university. Participants will receive an overview of doing business under the U.S.-Oman Free Trade Agreement from Embassy Commercial and Omani Investment Promotion officials, as well as detailed information on specific upcoming opportunities in higher education from the speakers. Participants will have the opportunity to pose questions directly to all interlocutors during the Q&A portion of the call.

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