International Cooperation
  • Assistant V.C. of ICO
  • Vision, Mission and Goals
  • Organizational Structure
  • International Organizations


        H.H. Dr. Mona bint Fahad Al-Said

     Assistant V.C. for International Cooperation


Being the fourth clause in the Charter of Sultan Qaboos University, internationalisation is an issue that the university aims to strengthen in order to raise its profile and promote international collaboration. In pursuance of this aim, the inception of the Office of External Cooperation, now called, International Cooperation Office (ICO) in 2002 was the first step in that regard.  

SQU vigorously pursues collaboration with a variety of institutions in order to promote and strengthen both teaching and research, and also to enrich the experiences of its staff and students. Much of this collaboration takes the form of international cooperation at various levels. Indeed, internationalisation is a hallmark of all top universities today and is an essential strategy for any institution wishing to compete on the cutting edge of academia in a globalising world.  
Over the last few years, the Office of External Cooperation has taken big steps to strengthen and improve its strategies and efficiency. Further, but not limited to, ICO has successfully achieved and created new communication channels to work hand-in-hand with other bodies at SQU administration and colleges to accomplish its mission.  
Several MoU's, LoU's and LoA’s with reputed universities have been signed to enrich research and relevant programs such as students exchange and internship.  




Support ٍٍSultan Qaboos University in achieving a strong worldwide reputation as an international institution .


Adopt an internationalization strategy through providing the highest, most efficient and professional network with national and international environment through local and international partners and collaborators around the world .


• Manage the University's overall internationalization strategy deliberations and outreaching this nationally and internationally.

• Promote the University and its programs and research opportunities with a view to involve and attract more international 

   researchers through exhibitions, visits to sponsors and other institutions.

• Support the colleges, administrative units and university's hospital in their own international targeted promotional activities

• Provide consultation and information to the university units with regards SQU international relations.

• Facilitate arrangements for international visitors in coordination with relevant SQU units.

• Support the university's staff, researchers and students exchange programs (incoming and outgoing) help with induction.

• Facilitate joint research, conference, seminars, and symposium in coordination with relevant SQU units .


Association of Arab


working within the framework of the Arab League. It is based in AmmanJordan. The objective of the organization is to support and connect universities in the Arab world, and to enhance cooperation among them.


Palestine Investment Fund

An independent investment company aiming to strengthen the local economy through strategic investments, while maximising long-run returns for its ultimate shareholder; the people of Palestine.


International Telecommunication Union

Allocate global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develop the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strive to improve access to ICTs to underserved communities worldwide.


The Arab Council

An alliance of once warring Arabian tribes formed after the victorious uprising against nearly 400 years of Ottoman rule over Syria.


American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers

The association promotes the well-being and advancement of professionals in the higher education community by engaging members in the collaborative pursuit of excellence in admissions, registration, and enrollment services.



Gathering experts, consultants and admissions workers from different Arab countries to exchange experiences and knowledge to reach best practices in admissions and registration.



Council of International Schools


CIS is a not-for-profit organisation of a truly worldwide international educational community comprising over 650 member schools and 450 colleges/universities.


Environmental Studies and Research Center 

The program supports groups of researcher organized to address interdisciplinary environmental problem in partnership with researcher from different colleges and centers.



International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

Association sans but lucratif (non-profit association), commonly known as IAESTE A.s.b.l. is an association of national committees representing academic, industrial and student interests.


Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology

ABET is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization that accredits college and university programs in applied and natural science, computing, engineering and engineering technology.




Linux Professional Institute


Their purpose is to enable economic and creative opportunities for everybody by making open source knowledge and skills certification universally accessible.



Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation


CAEP advances equity and excellence in educator preparation through evidence-based accreditation that assures quality and supports continuous improvement to strengthen P-12 student learning.


National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education


Today NCATE is a coalition of 33 member organizations of teachers, teacher educators, content specialists, and local and state policy makers. All are committed to quality teaching, and together, the coalition represents over 3 million individuals.


National Association of Schools of Art and Design

An accrediting organization of colleges, schools and universities in the United States. The organization establishes standards for graduate and undergraduate degrees. Member institutions complete periodic peer review processes to become, and remain, accredited.


National League for Nursing

The NLN, the premier organization for nurse educators, offers professional development, teaching resources, research grants, testing services, and public policy initiatives.


Arab Nursing Organization

Society has now nearly of 82 members from various colleges of nursing in the Arab countries and Society


The IDEAL Consortium

The IDEAL Consortium helps member states establish quality innovative distance and blended learning programs by offering professional development, providing technical support, and facilitating a network of education leaders from across the country.


Scientific Association of Art

An annual meeting is held at one of the Arab universities to discuss scientific research, translation and publishing, as well as financial and administrative matters



World Tourism Organization

UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.


Scientific Association of Arab Universities

Cooperation in raising the level of education and quality in the field of specialization and cooperation in the development and modernization of study plans in the use of modern education techniques



Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences

CHES is an active networking organisation and enhances the quality of outcomes for all colleagues and institutions throughout environmental education.			



Scientific Association of Language Centers




International Computer Driving Licence


The ICDL programme defines the skills and competencies necessary to use a computer and common computer applications. It offers a wide range of modules including Computer Essentials, Word Processing and IT Security.


World Trade Organization

WTO was established in 1995, Geneva, Switzerland. It is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business.


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