CHAIR OVERVIEW

The Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) Research Chair for the Development of Industrial Estates and Free zones  is a joint project between Sultan Qaboos University and Madayn. Due to the rapid evolution of the business environment that has occurred in the sultanate since His Majesty came to power, and the great strides local education institutions have made in exploring issues impacting upon people’s lives, active collaboration between industry and the academia is increasingly vital for the country’s continued social and economic development. As a result, the Research Chair in Industrial Estates and Free zones seeks to foster greater understanding of contemporary economic issues in Oman in relation to its areas of specialization.

The Chair plays a vital role in addressing key issues facing industrial estates and free zones in the sultanate. It achieves this by providing the new insights, guidance and support to policymakers, business leaders, decision makers, and other concerned stakeholders, in Oman that contribute to social and economic development, diversification, and the development of Oman’s knowledge economy.

 
 
 
Chair's Message

      

Prof. Abdullah Hamed Al-Badi

College of Engineering
Sultan Qaboos University

Welcome to the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE) Research Chairfor the Development of Industrial Estates and Free zones website at Sultan Qaboos University.  The Research Chair was founded in March 2019 to conduct quality research and studies that provide business solutions which are contextual, focused, and tailored towards the challenges of industrial estates and free zones in Oman. The Research Chair has a talented staff with a mix of scientific and technical skills. It focuses on several research clusters in partnership with renowned scientists from different colleges and centers, in order to address a diverse set of industry-related themes through both basic and applied research. The main focus of the Research Chair is on cross-disciplinary and synergic research in areas including:

  • Environmental monitoring  and assessment on industrial development in industrial estates
  • Industrial sector studies and the impact of industrial estates on communities
  • Sustainable development models for industrial estates and energy conservation
  • The quality and efficiency of services and facilities at industrial estates
  • Medium- and long-term trends in the development of industrial estates
  • The training and development needs of human resources for the manufacturing sector
  • Logistics and supply chain issues

 

SCOPE

Vision:
Building indigenous research capacity in areas related to industrial estates and free zones

Mission:
Providing quality research and studies in the field of industrial estates and free zones by conducting applied research, academic events, and outreach research activities that directly contribute to the sultanate’s social and economic development.

Objectives:

  • Conduct quality research and studies that provide business solutions which are contextual, focused, and tailored towards the challenges of industrial estates and free zones in Oman.
     
  • Develop and support applied research related to industrial estates and free zones in Oman.
     
  • Help guide policymakers, business leaders, decision makers and other concerned stakeholders in making informed decisions about industrial estates and free zones in Oman in order to contribute to social and economic development.
     
  • Prepare Omani researchers and experts to perform organized research and creative work in areas related to development strategies, sectoral performance, diversification, employment, productivity, environmental impact and so on.
     
  • Supervise graduate students and prepare Omani researchers and experts to perform organized and creative work in areas related to industrial estates and free zones.
     
  • Contribute to the development of human capital related to industrial estates and free zones by organizing workshops and other specialized training courses and events. 
     
  • Support and enhance the university’s position in the fields of industrial estates and free zones locally, regionally, and internationally through arranging local seminars and international symposia and conferences. 
     
  • Help fulfill national development plans as they relate to industry and trade as outlined in Oman’s development strategies and the Five-Year Development Plan for 2016-2020.
     
  • Support SQU faculty and students in acquiring knowledge and skills in areas related to industrial estates and free zones.