A hashtag titled “Boycott the Jasq Party” topped the list of the most popular hashtags in the Omani trend on Twitter, in which it called on activists to boycott the virtual graduation ceremony from Sultan Qaboos University.
Today’s update, as usual, gentlemen. I mean, the numbers are the same every day, between 5-15 female graduates. There is a reluctance to photograph the virtual ceremony by the graduates, and nothing changes as long as we are all required to attend the graduation ceremony in the open theater.
— Mohd Al Mawali (@almawali_95) August 31, 2021
And through the tag without hundreds of graduates and activists, objectionable tweets rejecting the idea of a virtual graduation ceremony, noting that this matter makes the ceremony lose its joy and the joy of the student, especially since it is only repeated once in a lifetime.
— Amal 🎓 (@HGY9riFQN44aUJK) August 31, 2021
The group of goodness, let the hashtag continue and see us how many are complete and after the role of young graduates; The movement of secrecy and extremism in the great hall in terms of filming and reporting on the number of attendees that we noticed today. I feel that the aim is to quench the fire of our passion regarding this issue. keep you up; What do you want to live for the moments? #Professionals https://t.co/TovlwSmgNw
— SQU 🥔 Potato (@CuriousSqu) August 31, 2021
For its part, the Student Advisory Council at Sultan Qaboos University issued a statement regarding the holding of the thirty-first batch graduation ceremony in light of what is being circulated about students’ rejection of how it decided to hold the virtual 31st batch graduation ceremony.
This statement is nothing but a reality for the university students’ awareness of the future and Oman’s youth. It is a balanced statement to convey the students’ desire to manage the university. It contains a lot of great awareness that is clearly evident by using words and phrases in it. Therefore, we hope to develop that youth awareness and include it. They are the nucleus of the future and the pillar of Vision 2040.
– Khalifa Al-Yafai ⚖️ (@khalifa_alyafai) August 31, 2021
The statement, which was monitored by (Watan), said that “on the grounds that the Student Advisory Council is the students’ speaking voice, and their tongue expressing their collective will, the Student Council expresses a student viewpoint that is not in favor of this virtual ceremony, as the ceremony was initially postponed after taking into account the university.” Thank you for the desire of the students.”
And he continued: “We hope that the situation will improve at that time and celebrate in a way that suits the pandemic and its conditions, and given that after this wait, the conditions of the pandemic coincided, and praise be to God, in the decrease in the number of cases, the high rates of vaccination, and the awareness of students about the procedures followed.”
— ﮼Talib, Al-Mahfudhi 🇵🇸🎓 (@almahfudhi96) August 31, 2021
The statement continued: “This is what the majority of male and female graduates express in their honorable ceremony, and they may crown their efforts and diligence with a realistic festive ceremony as it was for others, or they may participate in cooperation by taking any decision and required variables that would appreciate and complement this common joy.”
The statement concluded by the Student Council at Sultan Qaboos University by saying: “As the council transfers this student administration and conveys its secretariat, it requests the esteemed university administration to draw attention to the aspiration of the male and female graduates to support their demonstration and their yearning for this occasion.”
Only a graduate like him will feel the graduate, regardless of whether they are from the same academic edifice or not, but the feeling of graduation remains the common thing between them.
Your speaker is a technical graduate without a graduation ceremony 🙂 pic.twitter.com/DcV3h61oXa
— khawla (@khawlax_997) August 31, 2021
He continued, “We hope that this opinion will be accepted. The Council also extends all its thanks and gratitude for the efforts made by the university and its employees to complete the joy of graduation.. God is the bestower of success.”
— SQU 🥔 Potato (@CuriousSqu) August 31, 2021
The students of Sultan Qaboos University in the Sultanate of Oman refrained from attending the virtual graduation photo sessions, and the abstaining students and their loved ones interacted on the social networking site Twitter, using the hashtag (Graduation District_Jasq).
The university administration had announced in mid-August that a graduation ceremony would be held for the 31st batch at the end of next September. By default, after studying all available options and closely following up on indicators of the epidemiological situation.
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This is in the interest of the university administration to preserve the health of students and in implementation of the directives of the Supreme Committee charged with examining the mechanism of dealing with the Corona virus.
Sultan Qaboos university
It is noteworthy that Sultan Qaboos University is an Omani public university that enjoys “administrative” and financial independence from the government ministries concerned with higher education.
It is the first university in the Sultanate of Oman, and it has nine colleges with various specializations, while the university’s graduates are among the pioneers of the labor market in the Sultanate of Oman.
The construction work of the university began in 1982 and it received the first batch of its students in 1986.
At the time, the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said issued Royal Decree No. 9/86 establishing it. This decree specified the beginning of study at the university in five colleges: the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, the College of Agricultural and Marine Sciences, and the College of Science.
After that, the College of Arts was added in 1987, the College of Commerce and Economics in 1993, the College of Law was added in 2006, and finally the College of Nursing was added in 2008, bringing the number of university faculties to nine.
And the establishment of Sultan Qaboos University in a valley located at the foot of the tall Omani mountains makes it look like a row of buildings that were designed with various arches and courtyards, and were built with sandstones of white and pink colors in a way that reflects the traditional and Islamic architecture.
The university was established in one of the axes in a valley facing at one end the direction of Makkah Al-Mukarramah. The line of this axis begins at the entrance gates to the university and runs through the university administration building.
The importance of landscaping at Sultan Qaboos University was taken into consideration during the design period, and since then the original seedlings that have been planted have become green gardens and flower beds, and their plantings include specimens familiar in Oman and the Gulf regions, growing and flowering in a dry environment.
These landscapes provide shade and protection from the wind as well as a wonderful display of flower colors and green leaves throughout the year.
As for the elegant design of the campus buildings, it was the influences that shaped the Omani and Islamic architectural traditions that were followed. Another major influence was the influence of the desert environment, which determined the shape of Islamic architecture.
All of this appeared on the university campus, represented in the rows of trees, corridors of columns and facades, or what is known as (mashrabiyas), which play an influential role in the decoration of the place, and also allow the passage of the breeze, in addition to the yards planted with trees and plants, ponds and water fountains that help purify minds and souls.
The main idea of the ingenuity of the building is to commemorate the art of Islamic architecture, which appeared similarly in the design process of the entire university building.
As for the Islamic tendency to separate males from females during the education process, it had an impact on the design of the university building, as separate entrances to colleges were established through lower and upper pedestrian corridors for both men and women, in addition to separate seats for both sexes in classrooms and lecture halls.
In all, the university campus represents an artistic painting that reflects the Omani and Islamic architectural heritage, in addition to meeting all the requirements and necessities of modern life.
The result of all this was clear in creating a learning and living environment that is both practical and attractive.
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