(MENAFN - Times of Oman) MUSCAT — BankMuscat yesterday unveiled a unique programme called Halaqa to establish a vital link between the student community and the corporate world in Oman.
"BankMuscat is a responsible corporate citizen, and we have a definite responsibility towards the growth and development of the nation. This, we believe, is best served in keeping with His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's vision of continuously investing in human resources and preparing a workforce worthy of our great nation," AbdulRazak Ali Issa, chief executive of BankMuscat told newsmen.
Halaqa, AbdulRazak said, is a step in this direction, as it will provide a vital link between the student community and corporate world in Oman. The programme will help corporate Oman have a greater appreciation and understanding of the quality manpower that is waiting to enter the job market and student and the teaching fraternity.
BankMuscat has won the prestigious People Development Award three times in a row. At this first meeting between the student fraternity and industry in Oman under the Halaqa banner, the College of Agriculture and Marine Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University was invited to present the development of the college, its curriculum, research projects, internship programme and industry trends to key industry players from across the Sultanate.
Addressing the gathering, Professor Anton McLachlan, dean of College of Agriculture and Marine Sciences said: "We are highly appreciative of this initiative, which is aimed at bringing together our graduating students and representatives of a variety of organisations that employ our students. This is a ground-breaking activity, which has never been done before in our college, and we are sure it will be highly beneficial to our past and present students, and hopefully the participating companies. We, the staff and students of the College of Agriculture and Marine Sciences, are delighted to be participating in this gathering so kindly organised by BankMuscat."
During the programme, representatives from several organisations from across the Sultanate that are directly or indirectly involved with these academic streams made detailed presentations to the students. These included: Gulf Mushroom Products, Sohar Poultry, National Biscuit Industries, Oman Agriculture Development Company and MB Petroleum Services.
On the long-term vision and impact of the BankMuscat Halaqa programme, AbdulRazak said: "Halaqa is a programme, we believe, every socially responsible organisation in Oman should be a part of, both because each one of us has a responsibility to the nation, and because quality, educated manpower is the lifeblood of any successful organisation."