SQU, Finland University Inc. to Promote Ties

In order to strengthen ties between Sultan Qaboos University and Finland University Inc. (Republic of Finland) to promote academic cooperation and joint initiatives, and further cultural understanding between Oman and Finland, both organizations signed a letter of understanding (LoU) today at SQU. The objective of the LoU is to facilitate the exchange of students, researchers, staff members and educational resources between both parties, as well as research and publishing collaboration and joint development projects, based on principles of mutual equality and the reciprocity of benefits. 
The collaboration between SQU and Finland University Inc. is primarily focused on the fields of learning, education and teacher education; health and biosciences; and entrepreneurship, business and innovation. The LoU will remain in force for five years. It was signed by H.E. Dr. Ali bin Saud Al Bimani, Vice Chancellor of SQU and Mr. Pekka T. Saavalainen, Chief Executive Officer of Finland University Inc. 
The Office of International Cooperation at Sultan Qaboos University had organized “SQU-Finland universities Joint Research Workshop” in 2016 to explore collaborative research between SQU and Finnish universities in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, health and biological sciences, and teachers’ training. The workshop explored collaboration in teaching innovation and entrepreneurship and to contribute to national innovation systems in Finland and Oman; exchange of experiences between SQU and Finland Universities in relation to pre- and in-service teacher training, schools system and new trends in teacher education; and, explored trends of cancer and research challenges in Oman and Finland. 
The signing of the LoU is a follow up of the workshop and its recommendations to further enhance the ties and start active collaboration. Dr. Ali bin Saud Al Bimani and Mr. Pekka T. Saavalainen discussed about ways to see the collaboration in practice in near future. Finland University Inc. represents the interests of its partner universities, University of Eastern Finland, University of Tampere, and University of Turku in international education.