(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) After taking part in Oman's second Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition organised by the Environment Society of Oman (ESO), six teams from the sultanate competed against 52 teams from 38 colleges and universities across GCC in the Regional Environmental Public Speaking Competition at Dubai Knowledge Village.
The six teams were from Sultan Qaboos University, Nizwa University, GUtech and Bayan College and were chosen from over 100 students who took part in Oman's national competition this year, an increase from 55 students last year, a press release stated.
The team of Omani students from GUtech finished in second place. Lamees Daar, executive director, ESO, was quoted in the release as saying, ''We are incredibly proud that our students performed so well in Dubai and we hope that next year will prove to be even more successful.
''I would like to thank all the volunteers, students, staff and supervisors who helped make this possible. I would especially like to extend our gratitude to Bank Sohar, PDO, Oman LNG, Port of Duqm and Traccs for all of their support and hope that more corporates lend a hand to our future programmes.''
The event was judged by Dr Soumah Qutob, quality assurance director of Julphar (Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries), Dr Mohammed Abouleish, assistant professor of environmental science at the American University of Sharjah, Bayan Abu Shaban, senior specialist, environmental sustainability at the Rail Agency of RTA, and Dr Saeb Khresat, professor of science and technology at Jordan University.
Speaking at the event, Bayan Abu Shaban said, ''This kind of a practical project is exactly what we were looking for, something based on scientific research that guides the younger generations towards issues.
''The Omani teams in general did very well and there are indicators that they will be in contention to win the next competition.''
Established in UAE in 2001, the Regional Inter-College Environmental Public Speaking Competition is now in its 13th year and has been expanded to include students from Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman.
The event was held under the patronage of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mubarak al Nahyan, UAE's Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research and organised by Emirates Environmental Group