Staff and student representatives from 11 Omani higher education institutions, namely University of Nizwa, Gulf College, German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech), Oman Medical College, Al Bayan College and International College for Engineering and Management participated in the meet.
The first session focused on the challenges faced by higher education institutions in engaging students in extra-curricular activities. Over-emphasis on grades, too many assignments, gender consciousness, over-indulgence in virtual interactions, social media and so on were seen as some of the reasons that students do not readily participate in extra-curricular activities.
The second session focused on what could be done to enhance student participation in extra-curricular activities. All members advocated that student effort in terms of extra-curricular activities should be integrated in elective modules. Professors, parents and counsellors should explicitly encourage students to participate in activities to facilitate holistic development of employability skills. The meet concluded with several action points as take-aways for the participants.
MEC seeks collaboration with other higher education institutions locally and internationally to support the students. In addition, it encourages the students to interact and engage in the student-related decision making processes through the Student Advisory Council.