(MENAFN- Muscat Daily) Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) on Monday held a ceremony at the Ministry of Oil and Gas premises to honour the 92 scholarship students who graduated this year from institutions in Oman Europe Japan and Australia.
The batch of graduates include two Phd 29 MSc and 27 BSc degree holders while 12 were distance learning students.
Around 75 per cent of the students studied in institutions abroad according to Raoul Restucci managing director PDO. He said that while traditionally students preferred British universities they are now going to Australia and even Norway. 'Increasingly we've taken more and more broader universities' he said.
PDO has increased the number of students it supports since 2011 as part of its Overseas Grants and Educational Support Scheme which was in response to His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said's call to promote more scholarships. It is currently sponsoring 750 students around the world and on average 250 a year.
Applicants undergo an interview process and not all have the experience of working with PDO before being offered the scholarship.
Restucci said it's not a requirement that PDO-sponsored students work for the company after studies but '99.9 per cent' of them do.
These students pursued programmes in engineering human resources economics and project management.
'They move from university which is a learning environment to PDO which is also another learning environment.'
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