DVC Postgraduate Studies and Research
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Dr. Amer Saif Al Hinai

Deputy Vice-Chancellor
 for Postgraduate Studies & Research
Sultan Qaboos University
Tel: 968-2414-2111
Fax: 968-244-13122

Email: hinai@squ.edu.om

Research is considered one of the main pillars of any society that seeks to develop its people academically, scientifically, intellectually, culturally, and technically in order to keep pace with rapid global changes and developments. Research is also one of the most important sources of knowledge generation and leads to innovation and the creation of intellectual property that can act to elevate the status of societies and institutions of higher education. Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) has recognized, ever since its establishment, the vital importance of research for the development and advancement of the university as a well-known academic and scientific institution.  As a result, SQU has directed a great deal of its attention to research as a vital foundation for university education and postgraduate studies.

To this end, the university has made great strides in establishing a solid research base in various scientific and social fields, and it always seeks to enhance its research systems to reinforce all activities in terms of both quantity and quality. The development of a strategic plan and establishment of an independent deanship for research had a great impact on the standardization and systematization of research in addition to lending a great deal of support to the development of research and the establishment of a research culture at the university. The deanship consists of three main departments: the Research Department, the Innovation Affairs Department, and the Academic Publications and Outreach Department.

The Research Department strives to provide financial support through His Majesty’s Trust Fund Grant for Strategic Research, internal grant and collaborative research, consultancles, Research Council grants, and external grants. The Deanship of Research is the main driver of the university’s research movement; it also plays a key role in developing research leading to innovation.

The Academic Publications and Outreach Department specializes in the activation and implementation of the Academic Publication Board’s decisions regarding publishing academic books, journals and other scholarly publications. In addition, the department plays a vital role in keeping track of the scientific publishing activities of the university and the management of faculty participation in international conferences. The department also communicates and disseminates research activities performed by the university both within academic circles and across the wider community.    

The Deanship of Postgraduate Studies works tirelessly to improve the quality of postgraduate education in the university while also taking into account global standards for admission and graduation. Consequently, the deanship is continuously and relentlessly developing and redeveloping various programs to address local and international changes and needs. The university also offers a variety of diploma, masters and doctorate programs across various colleges and majors. Master's programs offered by the deanship include multiple options.  These include the master’s by thesis, master’s by coursework and thesis option, Master’s by coursework, and master’s by coursework and comprehensive examination. Furthermore, the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies effectively contributes to building research caliber at the university by training researchers to refine their research capabilities, which will contribute to the establishment of a research Culture nationwide. 

In addition, SQU’s ten research centers play prominent roles in conducting as well as developing research at the university and in the country.  The ten centers engage in research at the national level in various fields as befits each center’s specialization. The importance of these centers has increased as a result of their cumulative experience and expertise in various fields, which they have gained throughout the years. This has made them houses of expertise which the nation and its various institutions can depend on in matters related to scientific inquiry and consultation.

Since its inception, SQU has realized the importance of research and its development and has always succeeded in devising methods that would increase research output and serve the community by adduessing its challenges, solving its problems and contributing to its development and progress. The university works hard to achieve its goals and, in this, is ever guided by the enlightened vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, his intellect and his inspiring guidance and leadership.  In light of His Majesty’s insightful vision, the university follows a path that leads to development and progress in various fields relevant to postgraduate studies and research.


The organizational structure for postgraduate studies and research was established when the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies and Research was launched in 1999. The expansion in research activities and postgraduate programs in the University has necessitated further administrative services which were delivered when the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research was created in 2006. Meanwhile, the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies became affiliated to the office. In 2009, the Deanship of Research was formed as an independent entity.


The organizational structure of the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research consists of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Office Director, Office Assistant Director, and six sections: Coordination and Follow-up, Archives and Records, Boards and Committees Affairs, Planning and Development, IT Support, and Editing and Proofreading. The office is concerned with enhancing postgraduate studies & research, overseeing the research centers and chairs, drafting strategic plans, and streamlining the activities of committees and boards supervised by the office and following up the implementation of their recommendations in coordination with the relevant authorities.


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research chairs three boards: Postgraduate Studies Board, the Research Board, and Academic Publication Board. Affiliated to the office are the Deanship of Postgraduate Studies, the Deanship of Research, and nine Research Centers: Remote Sensing and GIS Center, Omani Studies Center, Environmental Studies and Research Center, Earthquake Monitoring Center, Communication and Information Research Center, Oil and Gas Research Center, Water Research Center, Excellence in Marine Biotechnology Center, and Humanities Research Center,


There are three research chairs in specialized areas in the university: the UNESCO Chair of Marine Biotechnology established in 2003 and housed by the Excellence in Marine Biotechnology Center, Shell Chair of Carbonate Studies established in 2007 and housed by Oil and Gas Research Center, and the Research Council's Chair of Desalination and Nanotechnology. 




The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research is in charge of achieving the university's mission for postgraduate studies and research through drafting proposals, conducting and implementing studies, overseeing the creation and execution of annual strategic development plans, and catering for community needs in relation to postgraduate studies and research. Further, it supervises postgraduate programs and research projects in coordination with the University's units, oversees and develops research centers, coordinates with research institutions, and follows up the implementation of research projects and contracts. 



The office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies and Research aspires to achieve the following objectives:


•             Expand the regulations for grants, contracts, and consultancies.

•             Provide funding for research from different sources.

•             Establish research centers and chairs.

•             Promote research collaboration with external institutions.

•             Disseminate a culture of research and build research capacity in the sultanate.

•             Harness research for the good of society and development through
              finding solutions for the problems in various sectors to improve productivity.

•             Encourage innovation and business leadership in the sultanate. 

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