The year 2020 marks Majan University College’s Silver Jubilee! The College started as an initiative of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Emirates Holding Company and Gulf Air in 1995 with just 140 registered students. Today with nearly 3000 students, it has become a trusted brand and a household name in Higher Education. Majan celebrates its 25th anniversary as Oman’s first private college in the higher education sector. Since the College, previously known as the “College of Administrative Sciences” gained University College status in 2002 and adopted the name ‘Majan’, it has grown significantly, and continues to expand on its range of programmes, modernising its campus, and providing modern resources and facilities. Academic Staff members comprise of a host of high calibre expatriates and Omani lecturers and researchers.
What were some of the key factors in its remarkable growth and transformation?
Key to Majan’s success is their consistency, progressive policies and practices, innovations in teaching & learning, robust Quality Assurance system and development of nationally relevant programme provisions. This has earned it prime positions in individual surveys and market sensitive polls across the country.
The College started out as an affiliate college of the University of Bedfordshire, UK and attained the status of an accredited college in 2008. With constant review of infrastructure, resources and academic provisions, the College maintains a dynamic stance of proactivity, introspection, and sensitivity to market trends.
From 2009 when voted best private college, Majan has remained a trusted brand and pacesetter in Higher Education provision. A few of the accolades gained and worthy of note include:
- Most Trusted Private Higher Education brand in Oman by OER, 2019.
- 1st higher education institution to achieve full institutional accreditation by the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA), 2017.
- Partner of the Year Award’ by the University of Bedfordshire in their awards ceremony 2016.
- No 1 in AIWA Awards for Best Performing Companies in 2015.
- No 1 in AIWA Awards for Best Performing Companies in 2014.
- No 2 in AIWA Awards for Best Performing Companies in 2013.
- No 1 in the field of private higher education in Oman (Business Today Best Brands Surveys 2008, 2009 and Oman Observer Surveys, 2008, 2009).
- World Quality Commitment by Business Initiative Directions in Paris in 2007.
The two decade partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, UK has been instrumental to the growth and success of the College’s postgraduate and undergraduate degrees in a wide range of business, management, computing and language-related areas. Worthy of note is the MBA programme which commenced initially in 2004 and has grown to become a prominent and highly sought after qualification. This success can be attributed to the College’s unique collaboration with its UK partner and the commitment and dedication of their academics.
MUC has always inspired loyalty among its staff and as such staff retention is high. During its 20th Anniversary celebrations in 2015, the College granted long service awards to over 20 members of staff including academic and support staff who had risen through the ranks to hold deserving designations.
Recent years have seen the College continue to advance and attract new accolades. In December 2017, a delegation comprising the Chair and Board-members of the Oman Academic Accreditation Academy visited the campus to personally congratulate the College on becoming the first higher education institution in Oman to gain full OAAA institutional accreditation.
In the same year, the College began its partnership with the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) , through which significant numbers of MUC staff have become HEA Fellows and Senior Fellows, further developing their expertise as lecturers and academic managers. Very recently, in November 2019, the Oman Economic Review recognised MUC as the most trusted private higher education brand in the Sultanate – just one of many similar plaudits received since 1995.
So, as the College awaits the imminent official opening of its new high specification six-storey building, the celebrations begin in an atmosphere of subtle satisfaction about the achievements of the past and optimistic thoughts about future developments such as envisioning more programme offerings, taking a prominent position in the Sultanate’s 2040 vision, having happier students and more accomplished graduates.