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Higher College of Technology (HCT) is a public college operated by the Ministry of Manpower of Oman. It was the first Higher Education institution in Oman. Currently, it is the second largest higher education institution in Oman (after SQU) catering for over 10000 students studying in various programs.
Before being renamed and upgraded as such in 2001, HCT was known as Oman Technical Industrial College (OTIC), established in 1984 at the initiative of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said to educate the citizens of Oman by implementing high quality programs in various fields. There are six other Colleges of Technology which were established in 1993 except the ones in Shinas and Ibri, which were started in 2005 and 2008, respectively. HCT is the only college under the Ministry of Manpower that offers programs at the Bachelor’s Degree level while the other Colleges of Technology offer programs only up to the Higher Diploma level.
The College has grown enormously from an initial student population of about 200 (as OTIC) to the current size of about 12,000. Its facilities have expanded from three initial buildings to a total built-up area of approximately 49700 m2. The College has more than 900 faculty and staff members and an annual intake of about 2,000 students into its foundation program besides transferred students in upper levels. The total student population of seven Colleges of Technology is about 42,000 and annual intake into the foundation program is 10,000 Students.
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The premedical campus is located in Bowsher. First year is taught as a foundation course and second and third years are completed in Bowsher campus before the medical school years of Sohar campus. Some part of the coursework is also completed in Rustaq with students taking courses with doctors at Rustaq hospital. The associated hospital with the Sohar campus is Sohar hospital, one of the biggest governmental hospitals in the country. Total course work spans over a period of 7 years and the degree awarded is that of a Doctor of Medicine (M.D).
The Bowsher campus also offers a degree in pharmacy (Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy). This degree spans over a period of 5 and a half years.
Most students entering the university are selected based on their performance in high school final examinations. Student enrollment has grown from 500 in 1986 to more than 10,000 in 2005. More than half of the students live off campus due to space constraints. It currently has around 15,357 students of which 7,942 are female students and 7,415 are male students.
Ibri College of Technology is a college located at Ibri in Oman. It is one of 7 Technical colleges in Oman. It is managed and run by the Ministry of Manpower in Oman. The college accepted its first intake in September 2007 with 347 students all in the foundation program. The college has three academic departments and two centers. The total number of students enrolled in the college is around 2400 students.