The official opening coincides with the 48th National Day celebrations. The university comprises three institutions namely the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, the College of Engineering and the College of Pharmacy.
Sayyid Asaad hailed the progress made by the education sector in the country. He said that the colleges of the National University of Science & Technology, a private technical university, will be an important addition to the education sector in the sultanate.
The inauguration was attended by highnesses, excellencies, ministers and other dignitaries. Dr Sheikh Salem bin Saeed bin Hamad al Fanah al Araimi, chairman of the Board of Directors and chancellor of the National University of Science & Technology delivered the welcome speech.
A film was screened to highlight the establishment of the university and its future prospects to the audience.
The keynote address was delivered by Professor Cham Tao Soon, president emeritus and founding president of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and former chancellor and chairman, SIM University, Singapore. Dr P Mohammed Ali, chairman, University Executive Board, National University of Science & Technology, also addressed the audience. He emphasised the need for aligning the National University with Oman Vision 2040.
Professor Pamela Gillies, principal and vice chancellor, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK; Dr Allie Karshenas, associate vice president of clinical research, operations and institutional advancement, University of West Virginia, US and Professor Harris Pastides, president, University of South Carolina, US were also present on the occasion. Prof Simon Jones, vice chancellor of the National University delivered the concluding address.