Vice Chancellor Biography

Dr. Ali Al-Bimani is the 5th Vice Chancellor of the Sultan Qaboos University since 12th February, 2008. Upon completion of his Bachelor studies from the University of Texas, Austin, 1980; Dr. Al-Bimani was appointed as a Petroleum Engineer at Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), from 1980 to 1985. Subsequently, when he moved to the Sultan Qaboos University in 1986, his vast accomplishments commenced as he undertook his Masters & PhD in the University of Southern California during 1986-1992 and became a thriving academician who started teaching in the Department of Petroleum & Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering, and who eventually became the Head of the Department. He was then, appointed, as assistant to the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research at SQU, then as Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Community Services.  From there, he was finally appointed, the Vice Chancellor of the University.

Dr. Al-Bimani has an impressive research background with numerous scientific publications, in international reputable journals, encyclopedia entries, conference proceedings, technical reports for various organizations in Oman and overseas, as well as other accomplishments.

He relishes his continued involvement in teaching and research and contributes energetically to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in various fields of his study even while he is a Vice Chancellor. He is also a member of many internal and external, academic, and planning committees in which he participates in important decision-making roles.

Dr. Al-Bimani has made many academic contributions relevant to higher education by serving in many Organizations and Councils such as, Oman Council for Education, the Research Council, Oman Medical Specialty Board, Board of Trustees for Colleges of Applied Sciences , Board of Trustees for Sharia College, and Committees such as the Executive Committee for University of Oman Project, the Supreme Committee for the Generations College of Science Craft Industries and Professions, and the National Committee of Bioethics. All these contributions have played a major role in the advancement of the Sultan Qaboos University status. As a Vice Chancellor, Dr. Bimani has introduced several innovative ideas for the University and he has accomplished several pro-jects including developing new Policies at SQU.  He also achieved major strides in increasing awareness of Bioethics at the University and in the country.

Dr. Ali is happily married with three children.