Lara Ghassan Abaidat, director general in the Directorate General for Scholarships at MoHE, said that external scholarships have been distributed into two groups.
“In Group A, student are allowed to choose the major and the place of study as per their high competitive level. Group B allows students to give in their choices and selection will be done according to his/her competitive level with other students.”
Lara said that a number of scholarships have been specialised for the Oman University project, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Defence, which require the applicant to appear for tests and interviews for some of the programmes for getting admissions.
She said students can also compete for scholarships offered by the neighbouring countries.
Lara said that the ministry is currently offering a number of internal scholarships for pursuing programmes at private institutions.
Of the 9,638 internal scholarships, 1,500 have been allotted to students from social security families which will be fully funded by MoHE, in addition to a monthly allowance.
“The fully-funded scholarships to students from limited income families have touched 638. The ministry will fund these 100 per cent, in addition to offering 500 full scholarships for female students as per the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said to support girl education.
Lara said since the beginning of the academic year 2016-17, it was approved to allow students under the social security programme (social security, limited income and His Majesty the Sultan’s grant) to be granted internal scholarships.
The external scholarships have been distributed for pursuing higher education in the US, the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Malta, Cyprus, Bahrain, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.
“The distribution has been made as per the mode of communication in these countries and their student intake. For 2017-18, we have added five competitive seats for administrative programmes that are taught in French.”
As for internal programmes, it has been decided that the engineering scholarships are only to be for BE programmes. The ministry has announced pharmacology as part of the scholarship programme for 2017-18 at Nizwa University and Oman Medical College.
The ministry has also allotted external scholarship seats for those with hearing and speaking disabilities.