(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) recently organised lecture sessions for scholarship students who will be pursuing studies in the UK, India and New Zealand, a press release stated.
The session for students going to UK was held at the Ministry of Education's auditorium in Wattayah while the one for New Zealand-bound students was held at MoHE's General Diwan.
During his speech, Dr Mohammed bin Suleiman al Bandari, Oman's cultural attach in the UK and Europe outlined the do's and don'ts for students.
Dr Bandari provided information on various aspects of academic life in the UK and how students should conduct themselves during their stay there. ''Students should follow the security protocol and keep the college or university posted about their whereabouts while venturing outside the campus.''
The students were asked to strictly follow local laws, plan their daily life and be diligent in their studies.
Dr Bandari also spoke on preparations students must make before travelling to the UK. ''All documentation work including papers related to scholarship, admission, visa application and ticketing must be complete in due course of time.''
He also spoke on lodging options available to students including family residence, hostel and private lodging.
He advised first-year students to stay with families in a bid to get a good command over the local language. ''Students must register their place of study and residence with the cultural attach to facilitate transfer of monthly allowance to them.''
Dr Bandari also provided tips on how students can assimilate into British society. ''Students must follow local news through newspapers, television channels and websites to keep track of developments in the country.''
Another lecture was held at MoHE's General Diwan, for New Zealand-bound students.
Valerie Farmer, honorary consul at the consulate of Oman in New Zealand, spoke about visa procedures, IELTS test and subject specialisations.
''Students must have an IELTS score of 5.5 to enter the first year which is equivalent to 13th grade in New Zealand. Also, scholarship students will receive NZ 2,150 (RO646) from the Omani consulate in New Zealand.''
As part of the lecture series, MoHe organised another session for India-bound students.
Speaking on the occasion, Salem bin Abdulla al Bas, cultural attach at Oman's Embassy in New Delhi, said, ''India is one of the top destinations for scholarship and non-scholarship Omani students. Last year, the ministry sent ten Omani students to pursue specialisations in medicine.''
He said that at least 1,015 Omani students are pursuing studies in different streams in government and private institutions on scholarships as well on their own expenses. ''Of these, 12 students are pursuing programmes at master's and PhD levels.''
He briefed students on the assistance provided by the Omani Embassy in India. ''The embassy guides students on various specialisations, accredited institutions, cultural issues and hostel