Universities are often seen as places where new ideas are born. Universities are not ordinary organizations: they are research organizations. They are fuelled by the young minds that study over there and want to make a mark in their careers.
Why would a university need an incubator?
The answer is simple: universities need to encourage new ideas and new ways of thinking.
In an incubator, entrepreneurs could develop their new businesses and find their first customers. Incubators exist to facilitate new ideas, technologies or services initiated by students.
How a manufacturing incubator helps students?
Students get the tools, resources, and access to experience needed to work on their innovation and manufacturing engineering project.
University students who want to start companies now have the opportunity to find their first customers, which many times is a university. It also provides training for entrepreneurship and IT skills in a real work environment.
Students can take advantage of the resources available through an incubator. If the idea and prototype look promising, then students may be able to find a reliable, affordable partner or manufacturer to help them get their new products out into the market.
University entrepreneurs will benefit from first-hand experience from incubator business partners, who will provide expertise when needed.
Business experts, teaching staff, and university peers can provide guidance on how to grow and improve their ideas, no matter what stage they are in.
These are some of the underlying principles that prompted the Sohar University to inaugurate Intaj Sohar- it’s very own manufacturing incubator set up within the university premises.
Glimpses of the opening of Intaj Sohar
- The operational opening of Intaj Sohar project and the Manufacturing Incubator was celebrated on 26th June 2022 at Sohar University.
- The event was held under the patronage of His Excellency Qais bin Mohammed al-Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, and in the presence of H.E. Halima Rashid Al-Zaria, chairperson of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority, a number of excellencies, the Chairs of the university's Boards of Directors and Governors, and a number of officials.
- The ceremony commenced with a speech by Dr. Hamdan Al Fazari, VC of SU. He welcomed the patron of the ceremony and the audience. He pointed to the most important achievements of the university during the past 20 years and referred to the role of the university as an educational institution in supporting industrial projects in Oman, where the university was able to contribute effectively to the development of the industrial sector in Oman.
- In addition, the director-general of industry at MOCIIP Sami bin Salim Al Sahib gave a speech on the occasion.
- Mr. Khalifa Bin Salim Al Fazari also gave a speech on behalf of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority.
- The ceremony also included a visual presentation on the Intaj Sohar project that addressed many aspects of the project in addition to its various stages until it reached its current level.
- His Excellency Qais bin Mohammed al-Yousef, the patron of the ceremony, then opened the manufacturing incubator project and met with the hosts.
- Lastly, he opened the Intaj Sohar project and toured its facilities.