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MENAFN Press - 19/03/2014
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(MENAFN Press) Nawras has entered into a five-year partnership with Modern College of Business and Science (MCBS), launching a new Telecommunications Programme “ the first of its kind in the Sultanate. The course will facilitate and improve the training of students in an industry sector that demands world class capabilities and expertise.



The one-year programme will also allow the undergraduate students to gain valuable work experience during their studies, which will help them to advance their careers more rapidly, once they finish their studies



Kumail Al Moowasi, Director of People at Nawras said, "Joining forces with MCBS allows us to engage directly with the community and support the development of a highly trained and talented group of professionals that will lead the telecoms industry in the future. The students will gain direct exposure to industry best practices and get to grips with the issues related to telecommunications operations in Oman and around the region. Through these efforts we hope to help shape a pioneering programme that seeks a greater involvement of industry in the training and development of Oman's future telecommunications professionals.



Throughout the partnership, Nawras will provide valuable consultation to make sure the course is up to date and provides the training needed in a fast-moving sector. Moving forward, Nawras will further support and enhance learning from the course through internships and work experience, while the MCBS academic faculty will study and identify areas of cooperation in research beneficial to the telecoms sector.



Commenting on the partnership, Professor Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Naamany, Dean of MCBS, said: "Modern College of Business and Science is a private institution that offers a variety of programs designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills to excel in the workplace. Our aim is to produce highly sought-after job-ready graduates. The industry today requires professionals whose skills supersede traditional academic training."



Commenting specifically on the MOU with Nawras he said: "We are pleased to be working with Nawras in this initiative. It is the first of its kind in the Sultanate and by engaging our students directly with industry experts, the programme will help students apply and expand their knowledge. This in turn will boost and ground their learning. Direct input from industry is extremely valuable to our students and to the institution, and we will carefully monitor the progress of each candidate to identify suitable and promising interns, so that give both parties maximum value from the partnership."



In line with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos' Vision 2020, to develop a sustainable workforce, Nawras has established an internship programme that offers students work experience at one of the Sultanate's largest companies. To that end, the company works closely with the education sector to support their programmes by using technology to strengthen the company's long-term commitment to helping the youth of Oman reach their potential and prepare for the next step in their journey


About Nawras
Omani Qatari Telecommunications Company SAOG was founded and registered in the Sultanate of Oman in December 2004. It launched its service in March 2005 as the challenger mobile operator in Oman operating under the name Nawras. Nawras was awarded the second fixed licence in Oman in 2009, and launched its international gateway in April 2010, its corporate fixed and broadband services in May 2010, and its residential fixed and broadband services in June 2010. Since 2010, Nawras has been an integrated services telecommunications operator and is currently serving over 2 million customers across the Sultanate. Following a successful IPO, Nawras is listed on the Muscat Stock Market (MSM) under the "nwrs" ticker since 1 November 2010. Nawras is majority owned by Ooredoo, formerly known as Qtel Group, and also has a number of significant Omani shareholders which ensures that the company is strongly integrated into the Omani society. Nawras has won a number of awards including Jury's Distinction Award for Customer Service Excellence in the telecom sector 2013, Innovation in HR Strategy 2011 from Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards, Outstanding Leader from TMT Finance Middle East 2011, Best IPO in the Middle East from emeafinance magazine and Strategic Leadership Award from Global HR Excellence Awards 2011.About Ooredoo:Ooredoo, formerly known as Qtel Group, is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and South-East Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives and Indonesia. The company reported annual revenues of 9.3 billion U.S. dollars and had a consolidated global customer base of more than 92 million people as of 31 December 2012. Ooredoo's shares are listed on the Qatar Exchange and the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange

 


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