The Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering at GUtech is tailored to the requirements of the Sultanate of Oman and the wider region, by addressing issues such as water scarcity and air pollution, yet it draws on state-of-the-art expertise accumulated at RWTH Aachen, Germany, the affiliate University of GUtech.
The program places a strong emphasis on the employability of GUtech’s graduates. Many elements of the program are therefore accomplished in cooperation with local and international industry partners.
In addition, essential “soft skills” such as critical and creative thinking, life-long learning, intercultural communication, and teamwork are integrated throughout the curriculum, in order to give graduates all of the skills they need to become entrepreneurs, should they wish, boosting job creation in the Sultanate and elsewhere.
The Bachelor of Engineering in Environmental Engineering is an eight semester (four year) program. It uses integrated, practical approaches in order for students to gain a broad knowledge of the required natural sciences and their practical use, focusing on Sea Water Desalination, Air Pollution, Light and Noise Pollution, Solid Waste Management, Green Building, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Integrated Water Resources Management, Environmental Law, and Environmental Impact Assessment.
The first two years provide students with essential knowledge and skills in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Programming, and Engineering Drawing; the basics of Environmental Engineering. The remainder of the degree emphasizes the use and application of these fundamentals in both industry and research, locally in the Sultanate and worldwide, to resolve environmental issues.
The program is taught in English and it includes written and oral tests, an Industrial Internship and a Bachelor’s thesis, which can include experimental work. Students are also expected to develop basic communication skills in German.
There is a huge demand for Engineers, not just in the Sultanate of Oman, but also in the wider region as a whole. The needs and requirements of industry were taken into account when developing the Engineering programs at GUtech, and newly emerging needs and requirements are regularly taken into account with annual reviews of the programs. Overall, GUtech produces high-quality graduates who meet the needs of Omani and International Industry.
Our Bachelor programs are designed to enable graduates to start working in the industry without further education; most graduates start working in industry shortly after graduation, while some continue their study, often by completing a Master’s program in Europe or elsewhere. Whilst the programs have been designed to meet the requirements of the Sultanate of Oman and the wider region, some graduates have started their career by working abroad for companies in Europe.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Engineering program in Environmental Engineering will have received an interdisciplinary education, focusing on the knowledge of fundamental theoretical concepts as well as the development of applied competencies required for sustainable development. This includes renewable energy systems and energy efficiency, methods for controlling air pollution, types and rating systems of green buildings, procedures of environmental impact assessments, technologies of wastewater treatment and desalination, and methods for solid waste management, among others.
This well-rounded education allows graduates to work as Environmental Engineers in a multitude of areas within Industry or Government, to solve a wide range of environmental problems which natural and human activity is creating, such as air pollution and solid waste, and to satisfy the environmental needs of the people of the Sultanate and wider region, such as the desalination of seawater, water resource management and green building.
Opportunities for Further Studies
Environmental Engineering graduates will be able to progress towards achieving their Chartered Engineer status or proceed with post-graduate education within the Sultanate of Oman, as well as in Europe, America, Australia and elsewhere.