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


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.