The University of Technology and Applied Sciences Annual Conference titled 'Sustainable Development: What we learned from the pandemic!’ aims to provide a national multidisciplinary platform to highlight, discuss and debate the latest scientific research achievements made in the field of science, technology and innovation, emphasizing on the challenges faced and solutions identified to overcome the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The emphasis of the submissions must be on sustainable development and innovative strategies adapted to achieve sustainable development overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic aligning to Oman Vision 2040.
The University of Technology and Applied Sciences is a public university offering a range of programs in the field of applied sciences and technology. It was established by Royal Decree 76/2020, issued by His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tarik, and is based on the objectives of Oman Vision 2040 with respect to the development of higher education institutions’ in the Sultanate.
The University of Technology and Applied Sciences - Sur has pioneered numerous changes in the local community and Sur’s surrounding areas, especially in the fields of education, innovation support and community development. The campus initially opened in 1987 as a middle level college that offered Diploma in Education. Subsequently, it was taken over by the Ministry of Higher Education in 1995 as a fully-fledged College of Education offering the Bachelor's Degree in Education to many of its enterprising students. Later on, in 2005-2006, the College was further transformed into the College of Applied Sciences further enhancing its capabilities by offering practical industry driven majors such as Mass Communication, Information Technology and Applied Biotechnology. With 1046 students attending from different regions in and around Sur, our dedicated staff is committed to ensure the overall development of the students as well as the up-gradation of the curriculum periodically to meet the ever changing national needs and priorities. This redeeming quality provides the student community with opportunities to engage with others from different backgrounds.
The UTAS-Sur campus is nationally recognized as a front-runner in creating innovative approaches that fosters the success of students from all majors and focuses on efforts to make the College a leader in undergraduate student success and emphasizes on improving graduate education.
Learning and adaptability to the environment is important in all the stages of education, and it is the purpose of the educational institution. The Sultanate of Oman is always moving ahead in the development of technology with humanity in a different approach to uplift the life of the community. As an educational institution, University of Technology and Applied Sciences - Sur always encourages students and staff to be part of the innovative and entrepreneurial participation aligned to the Oman Vision 2040. The year 2020 has witnessed the pandemic throughout the world and as nation and society Oman handled the situation very efficiently, at that same time, as an higher educational institution it has given us a lot of opportunities to develop and improve in the fields of education and research.
Research is one the core activities of all the departments in UTAS-Sur and to encourage the researcher throughout the nation and to share their research work, the Annual Conference of University of Technology and Applied Sciences, a 2 days conference, is organized. I believe this platform will serve as a great opportunity to gather and discuss the collective experiences of researchers under the title “Sustainable Development: What we learned from the pandemic?”.
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to participate in the Annual Conference of University of Technology and Applied Sciences-Sur.
All submitted papers (including abstract and poster) will undergo plagiarism detection and double-blind review. Authors are advised not to leave any trace which discloses their identity in the body of paper at this stage. Review criteria includes originality, significance, relevance, language used, and currency.