Annual Alumni Day
Alumni day is an annual gathering for SU alumni from different programs and batches. The aim of this event is to enhance and strength the communication between the University, graduates and the society.
In that time, Career guidance service and alumni relations office organized the first version of Alumni Day in the presence of number of graduates and members of academic and administrative staff. Since then, it has become an important annual event.
It came under the logo (We are Proud of our Graduates). Also, it personified the graduate’s image and their prestigious position at the University. Both graduates Ahmed Al Kaabi and Eng. Maryam Al Qasimi expressed their pride of being part of the University by making a speech on behalf of their colleagues.
The graduate Ibrahim Al Farsi, senior director of subscriber’s affairs at Majan Electricity Company, and the graduate Saeed Al Numani, assistant director of planning and aircraft maintenance at the Civil Aviation Authority, talked about their success story, and attended a discussion episode with graduates who have successful stories to tell.
The event focused on how to deal with managers in work environment and types of characters, to enhance the employee’s skills that he/she needs in their work environment. The Alumni Day Forth coincided with student week activities the fifteenth, which gave the graduates the opportunity to see the different kinds of activities and to communicate directly with their colleagues.
Graduates of batch 2007/2008 and even 2011/2012 attended the event. The fifth edition of Alumni Day included a lecture called Self-Discovery Skills. Moreover, 3 of the successful entrepreneurs’ graduates were honored during the event.
Alumni relations office organized the sixth edition of annual alumni day, with a presence of nearly 100 graduates from previous batches. Graduates Suwaid Al Shamsi (may Allah have mercy on him) the previous CEO of Corporate Affairs, Sohar Port and Freezone, and graduate Khalid Al Alawi, Financial and Administrative Manager, The Public Authority Consumer Protection, presented a dialogue entitled ” Between the struggle and success”. They discussed their experiences as graduates, reflected on their time as students and discussed the difficulties encountered after. Also, the graduates presented some suggestions about the University’s intended part towards its graduates.
Annual Alumni Day 2021 event was held remotely via SU Instagram, with more than 11.000 views. Dr Mohammed Al Khalidi from KSA, a consultant & expert in developing skills, the guest of the event, presented topics that matter to the graduates about how to transfer challenges into opportunities. In addition, this edition hosted another guest who is Mr. Yousef Al Hasani, an expert in Etiquette & International Protocol from Oman. He spoke about what is after graduation, focused on how graduates can market themselves and build up better future after graduation.
Keeping up with the global event Expo 2020 Dubai, the University, represented by Alumni Relations Office, organized this edition in Youth Pavilion in Expo 2020 under the logo ‘Youth and the future of entrepreneurship’.
Several members were presented in Expo 2020 who are: A Representative of the Commercial Council of Oman, Dr Hamdan Al Fazari the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Mohammed Al Maqbali PVC for (Admissions, Registration and Student Affairs) and nearly 40 graduates from previous batches. In addition, fewer guests from the Sultanate’s pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020.
A lot of outstanding participants from Oman & UAE were part of the event, such as Dr Lamya Al Haj, Associate Professor at Sultan Qaboos University and Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum. She presented a paper entitled (Our Arab Youth Between Today’s Ambition and Future Skills).
Then, Mr. Essa Al Zaabi, Director of the Dubai Startup Program- Dubai Chamber, presented a paper entitled (The Role of Innovation Technology in Entrepreneurship).
Eng. Maadh Al Hinai, Chief Executive Officer at Onsor Technologies spoke about his experience and his success story about being the owner of the first computer made in Oman.
Bond between Alumni and University
Students remain connected to their University for life, even after their time as students has ended. Though their time as a student may be relatively short, the bond they form with their University will last a lifetime.
The Annual Alumni Reunion 2023
SU held the Annual Alumni Reunion on Tuesday, March 7, 2023. The event was held under the slogan “Pioneers of Change and Future Jobs Skills” at the University’s campus.
The Reunion was Under the Patronage of His Excellency Mohammed bin Suleiman Al Kindi – Governor of Al Batinah North, in the presence of Dr Hamdan Al Fazari – Vice Chancellor of SU, members of the executive management and deans of faculties.
Speakers of the Meeting
The activities began with a welcoming speech by Dr Hamdan Al-Fazari, in which he stressed the importance of alumni engagement and the value of alumni networks.
He mentioned that by holding such events the University was aiming
- To create a sense of belonging for alumni
- To enable the continuity of the relationship between the University and its alumni after graduation
- To provide a platform for alumni to share their experiences and expertise
- To provide an opportunity for scientific and practical meetings and discussions
- To provide a chance for alumni to recall their study days at the University
Al-Fazari also announced the inauguration of the Alumni Association during the coming period.
Dr Amer Al-Rawas – Founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Concordia Group
Dr Amer Al-Rawas is an esteemed leader in the field of transformation, having won multiple awards and profoundly impacting the lives of thousands of individuals.
At the meeting, he presented thought-provoking insights on
- The future of jobs
- The Fourth Industrial Revolution
- The sharing economy
- Future success factors
Zainab Al-Balushi – Alumni Relations Officer
Zainab Al-Balushi expressed her pleasure in the University’s eagerness to create links with its alumni and wished to extend a heartfelt thank-you to them for their contributions to the institution’s success. She deemed this meeting an ideal opportunity to show appreciation and celebrate their achievements.
About the Alumni Association
The Alumni Association will help in the following ways:
- Facilitate better communication between the University and its graduates.
- Provide a platform for alumni to keep up with the latest developments in the University.
- Create opportunities for alumni to engage and interact with current students and faculty.
- Organize events, activities, and projects that promote the University and its alumni.
- Provide a platform for alumni to publicize their accomplishments, giving the University visibility and prestige.
- Provide a network of support and resources to alumni, giving them an opportunity to stay connected with the University.
Over all the Annual Alumni Reunion provided a clear message that University experience does not end when they graduate, but rather, there are ongoing opportunities to stay connected and build relationships. Ultimately, this allows alumni to give back to their alma mater and contribute to the growth and development of the University as a whole.
Outward Bound Oman
The University, in cooperation with Outward Bound Oman, organized two camping trips in the Sharqiya desert. Each trip was for a period of four days and was designed to develop the employability skills that employers look for in young Omani graduates. The program for both trips was aimed at targeting job seekers and those in early stages of their career. It included training courses that focused on the basics of leadership, employment, work ethics and behaviors in the work environment.
Sohar University Graduates participated in the World Cup 2022 in Qatar
Qatar is hosting the 22nd FIFA World Cup, from November 20 to December 18, 2022. For this tournament, 32 teams will be divided into eight groups of four, for a total of 64 games.
- For the first time ever, the World Cup will be played in an Arab country.
- Qatar’s infrastructural development since 2010 makes this World Cup the most expensive.
- This is the first World Cup ever played in November and December — to avoid Qatar’s desert heat.
- For the first time at the men’s World Cup, three women have been included among the 36 referees selected for FIFA World Cup 2022.
With tempting deals from airlines and hotels, the Sultanate of Oman hopes to make Muscat one of the top travel destinations for soccer lovers from across the world.
SU Graduates attends World Cup 2022
Sohar University aims at establishing a sustainable relationship between the University and its graduates and appreciating “the role of graduates in building the society and making the bright future of Oman”. Keeping this in view Sohar University has organized a trip to Qatar to attend a match in the first round of the World Cup. The trip which includes a number of graduates comes as part of an initiative launched by the Alumni Relations Office to enhance communication between the University and its graduates.
About the Trip
- The flight departed on Tuesday morning from Muscat International Airport to Hamad International Airport in Doha.
- The graduates attended the Qatari national team match with the Netherlands national team at the end of the first-round matches. The match was held at Al Bayt Stadium at 7 pm.
- The graduates also visited a number of World Cup facilities and events, in addition to some tourist areas.
Goals of the Trip
Football has the unique ability to unite individuals of all backgrounds and socio-economic status. People from all over the world who share the same passion gather in one country. It is a feeling of constant joy. Watching live football in stadium is a completely different and a beautiful experience.
This visit aims to
- Enable the graduates to participate in global gatherings.
- To keep the University in constant connection with its graduates in a variety of ways that correspond to diverse global and regional changes.
- Facilitate discussion and debate about the gameplay. Graduates will be able to express their thoughts and give justifications for their points of view.
- Enhance their confidence by commenting and expressing their ideas in this context.
- Football enhances the mood. Being a member of a team and having a network increases happiness.
- The institution is always keen to provide its graduates amazing experiences, and the World Cup is a perfect opportunity for our graduates to be present at this international event, especially because the whole world will be at one place. This event offers unique access to World Cup facilities and information.
Graduate Yousef Al Balushi, one of the participants in the trip, said “I am happy with this participation in this global phenomenon. Attending the World Cup events is considered a dream for many people, so I thank my University for this distinguished initiative of its graduates, and I highly appreciate that. It was truly a beautiful experience that will remain among the beautiful memories in my life.
Graduate Hazzaa Al-Esayi also expressed his happiness at participating in the World Cup trip. He said, “I thank Sohar University for continuing to follow up on the graduates, and for always involving them in local and international events and forums”.