Humanities Research Center

The Humanities Research Center is actively seeking to study various aspects of human phenomena through rigorous, systematic, and objective investigation. By pursuing this aim, the center helps to achieve a deep and comprehensive understanding of human nature, social reality, and people’s relations both with each other and with their environment.

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The Humanities Research Center is actively seeking to study various aspects of human phenomena through rigorous, systematic, and objective investigation. By pursuing this aim, the center helps to achieve a deep and comprehensive understanding of human nature, social reality, and people’s relations both with each other and with their environment. For these reasons, the Humanities Research Center seeks to assume a leading role in serving the needs of Omanis by helping them increase their understanding of their surrounding natural and social environments and by encouraging them to contribute to the social life of their community. This process of understanding and engagement will, it is envisaged, have a positive effect on the aspirations and attitudes of individuals and will help them achieve a life of dignity lived with a sense of cultural and moral heritage. The Humanities Research Center aims to not only encourage research in the areas of social, educational, legal, commercial and administrative sciences, but also to cooperate with researchers in different fields of science to carry out joint research, while also contributing to creating an atmosphere of joint research through forming research teams that include members of humanities and scientific colleges and the research center itself. Over the past few months, the center has extended communications to a number of ministries and different research institutions to find ways of supporting research nationwide. The center also conducts individual research funded by the university that relies mainly on the center's staff while also seeking input from academics and researchers from various university faculties. Moreover, the center has recently received funds from the Research Council for three studies at the national level.   The center has already begun training a group of graduates from the university and students from the Department of Sociology on research methods and the stages involved in formulating and conducting successful research. These graduates and students receive hands-on experience through their participation in all aspects of the research process and receive training on various aspects as the research is conducted. In addition to this training program, there is also ongoing cooperation between the center and SQU’s academics from the Colleges of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, Law, Economics and Political Sciences. The center has also established channels of cooperation with international research funding agencies including the United Nations Population Fund in Muscat. It was agreed that the center was to conduct a number of exploratory studies funded by the United Nations Population Fund as needed with the names of specialized researchers from the center included in a list of consultants for scientific references in the country.   In the current period, the center is leading an active and dynamic research movement. This movement has already begun to bear fruit thanks to the sincere efforts of its employees and the grace of God. In addition, the administration at Sultan Qaboos University represented by His Excellency the Vice Chancellor of the University, the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduates studies and Research, and the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Administrative and Financial Affairs, have also extended their fullest support. This support has contributed to motivating researchers at the center and encouraging them to move forward in the implementation of its plans. That has also contributed to motivating researchers to achieve the new vision the center seeks to activate at all levels whether it is inside or outside the university.

Vision:

To be a leading research center in the field of the humanities at the regional level and to achieve excellence in the study of social phenomena related to Omani society.

 

Mission:

Conducting research and studies related to the humanities, and monitoring and analyzing social changes at the local and regional levels. Providing data and indicators designed to support the production of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences in general, and contributing to the enrichment of Oman’s social, cultural and economic surroundings by investigating future aspirations while preserving traditional Omani identity.

* Conduct research and studies in various fields of the humanities.

* Initiate research programs in the humanities at the local and regional levels.

* Provide consultancies for concerned parties from public and private sector institutions.

Provide general contributions to the local community in the various fields of the humanities

* Hold conferences and scientific symposia and seminars on issues of interest to Omani society.

* Support joint projects between the university and foreign institutions in the various fields of humanities.

Implement joint research projects in conjunction with universities, colleges and centers from both inside  and outside the sultanate.

* Publish scientific papers in refereed journals and issue books and publications about the projects and studies carried out at the Center.

* Contribute to the training of students from within and outside the university related to scientific research in the humanities.

Humanities Research Center

Office of Deputy-Vice Chancellor of Postgraduate and Research

P.O. Box: 50, Al-Khoud 123

Tel: 0096824142842

Fax: 0096824142843