Muscat, 27th September – Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL), the Sultanate’s first and only oil and gas/energy society have signed an Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation to support the conduct of Covid-19 examinations for students abroad for the academic year 2020/2021 AD, and this new agreement for OPAL comes within the framework of its efforts to support the program presented to the community and the competent authorities during the pandemic period Covid-19, and this falls within the social responsibility that the association and its members allocate in the energy sector to support all community programs and activities.
The agreement was signed by His Excellency Dr. Bakhit bin Ahmed bin Suhail Al Mahri, Undersecretary of the Ministryof Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, and Abdulrahman bin Humaid Al Yahyaei, CEO of Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL).
This agreement aims to provide free examinations for scholarship students for the number of 650 male and female students who are on scholarship to study outside the Sultanate according to the lists specified by the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation.
Commenting on the signing of the agreement, His Excellency Dr. Bakhit bin Ahmed Al Mahri, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation, pointed out the importance of the role of private sector institutions in supporting the ministry’s efforts to provide basic services to students to face the exceptional circumstances that the country and the world are witnessing in light of the spread of the new Corona virus (Covid-19).
On this occasion, Mr. Abdul Rahman bin Humaid Al Yahyaei, CEO of OPAL, affirmed the association’s constant keenness to support society in all its categories. He added: “The new agreement between OPAL and the Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Innovation is an extension of the society’s continuous determination to support the national efforts of the Sultanate in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 and helping the concerned authorities to contribute to easing the burden on the nation. We are undoubtedly very happy to provide this support to students on scholarships to study outside the Sultanate.”
The agreement also comes as an affirmation of the association and its members on the commitment to support the community within the framework of social responsibility, which we feel the importance of its communication to support health aspects in these circumstances that the Sultanate and the World are exposed to from the spread of the Corona pandemic.