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    Osman Abdullah

    The geology of Oman is unique, with an unparalleled landscape that attracts geologists. From all over the world to study and explore its diversity of rocks ranging in age over Hundreds of millions of years. Oman’s mountains constitute a large percentage of The environment is spectacular and bright scenery with a massive list of geological superlatives. The impressive geological and geomorphological features that are seldom found elsewhere in the rest of the world make Oman an ideal destination for geotourism. The Semail Ophiolite, the Jabal Al-Akhdar and the vast Sandy desert are some of nature’s gifts to the Sultanate of Oman. The Semail ophiolite is the best preserved well. exposed and primarily studied ophiolite in the world aptly recognised as a world-class example of its type. It offers an excellent opportunity to explore the geological wonders of Oman is considered among the best natural geological laboratory and on-site. museum in the world. The record of the Earth’s history in Oman provides the best. exposure in the world to study oceanic lithosphere is unique. The students are the most fortunate enough to get exposure to such a background in geology during their UG and PG programs. The Department of Earth Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University strives to be the Centre of Excellence in Earth Sciences within the Gulf States and beyond. The prime objective of the Department of Earth Sciences is to provide the Sultanate with quality Earth Science graduates, besides offering simple solutions to complex geoscientific problems that the local community and industry need. The Department offer BSc degree in Earth Science (Geology) and Geophysics as well as highly flexible and effective MSc programs that in response to the needs of Industry and employment sectors. Also, a full-time PhD program is offered in the broad field of Earth Sciences. Currently, the number of students majoring in Earth Sciences (Geology & Geophysics) around 60 each year. The Faculty strength at present is 14. In addition, Earth Science Research Centre, Earthquake Monitoring Center, Oil and Gas Centre, Water Research Center, Remote Sensing and GIS Center, etc., have links with the Department of Earth. Sciences on its research and other academic activities. There are good career opportunities for students of Earth Sciences (Geology) and Geophysics. At times, several companies visit the Department and recruit the bright graduates based on interviews and other opportunities for students are also available through the annual careers fair, summer placement etc. Thus, the primary aim of the Department is to provide the market with the best BSc and MSc students.

    Prof. Osman Abdullah

    Head of Earth Sciences Department

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Student competition

Student competition

  Our student team has secured 2nd place in the 2020 Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition held online on March 16. The IBA is an international competition for students in petroleum geosciences, organized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG).

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Advanced Remote Sensing Concepts

Advanced Remote Sensing Concepts

  Dr. Rifaat Abdalla has recently co-authored a book entitled “Advanced Remote Sensing Concepts” as the first author (ISBN 9786200439499). It is published by the German  Lambert Academic Publishing (https://www.lap-publishing.com/catalogue/details/gb/978-620-0-43949-9/advanced-remote-sensing-concepts). The original English version of the book was translated by the publisher into 8 languages which are, German, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Russian, Italian, and Polish language.

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New book by Dr. Andreas Scharf et al

New book by Dr. Andreas Scharf et al

  Dr. Andreas Scharf, Prof. Frank Mattern, Dr. Mohammed Al-Wardi (former SQU), Dr. Gianluca Frijia (former SQU), Dr. Daniel Moraetis (former SQU), Dr. Bernhard Pracejus, Dr. Wilfried Bauer (GUtech), and Dr. Ivan Callegari (GUtech) will publish a comprehensive review book about the geology of the eastern Oman Mountains. This work includes an outsized geological map and a comprehensive time/event and stratigraphic chart. The expected day of publication is the 1st of March 2021. The publisher is the Geological Society of London (GSL Memoirs 54; https://www.geolsoc.org.uk/M0054).

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International conference

International conference

An international conference was organized by the College of Science – Prof. Sobhi Nasir UNESCO Chair of Ophiolite studies during 12-14 January 2020. The conference was entitled “International Conference on Ophiolites and the Oceanic Lithosphere: Results of the Oman Drilling Project and Related Research”.

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International conference

International conference

The Second International Conference on Water Resources in Arid Areas 2020” (WRAA2020) was held from 9th to 11th November 2020 via Zoom Webinar with a major contribution from the Earth Sciences Department. The Water Research Center at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) jointly with the Ministry of Agricultural and Fisheries Wealth and Water Resources organized the conference. Prof. Osman Abdalla from the Earth Sciences Department has chaired the conference and the Department’s Head Dr. Talal Al-Hosni has been actively involved as a member of both the organizing and scientific committees.

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Re-accreditation

Re-accreditation

Despite the Corona Crisis we managed to collect various data sets needed to apply for reaccreditation of our undergraduate programs in Earth Sciences and Geophysics before the set deadline. During November 2020, we submitted our application for international re-accreditation by the Geological Society (London). It is presently being evaluated.

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Academic Promotion

Academic Promotion

Dr. Andreas Scharf was promoted to Associate Professor, while Drs. Osman Abdalla and Frank Mattern were promoted to Full Professor.

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             Accreditation 

     

  • Degree Accreditation_pages-to-jpg-0001With the approval of the Geological Society of London (GSL), the Department of Earth Sciences has demonstrated its commitment to its mission and vision. In 2013, the Department applied for accreditation of its undergraduate Earth Science and Geophysics programs from the Geological Society of London. Accreditation helps the Department realize its strengths, challenges and opportunities to enhance the delivery of innovative and modern pedagogical methods. To assure that our programs comply with the standards established by the accrediting body, the Geological Society, London, critically assessed our two programs for over a year. With great pleasure, we announce that the Geological Society has accredited our Earth Sciences (Geology) and Geophysics programs for six years, starting in October 2014. The students who will graduate this year will be privileged to graduate with an accredited degree. Here are a few points to consider regarding accreditation in the given scenario.

    Additionally, it provides insight into essential skills and knowledge in today's job market. Accrediting the Department enhances its reputation, marketing, and inter- and intra-institutional communications. To maintain an effective system of imparting knowledge, accreditation encourages academic and technical staff to continue self-evaluation and pursue excellence. It ensures that the quality of education offered at the SQU and in the Sultanate of Oman is recognized nationally and internationally. By giving graduates an internationally recognized degree, accredited programs enhance employment prospects. In addition, it can be used to recruit the best academics and researchers. In the meantime, as we progress in our academic excellence, all Department staff members are encouraged to continue working with great enthusiasm to achieve the academic and research goals outlined in the Department's mission statement.


     

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