When you're almost 13,000 kilometers from home, it's nice to find yourself in a place where you are welcomed as family. The friendliness of the TU family more than makes up for the culinary differences according to TU's Omani students.
In June 2011, Oman's ministry of Higher Education began to distribute 1,500 merit-based undergraduate scholarships from a fund set up by the Sultan of Oman. Of the 1,500 scholarships awarded for study throughout the world, 500 were allocated for study in the United States; and of the 500 students who came to the U.S., 55 selected The University of Tulsa.
Omani students study many fields — accounting and chemical, electrical, mechanical and petroleum engineering — with the majority (about 40) in PE.
"Many Omani engineers recommend it," said Ahlam al Battashi, who is a senior in the McDougall School of Petroleum Engineering.
"Even our minister of oil and gas has a degree from here."
She is referring to His Excellency mohammed bin Hamad al Rumhy, who received a master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from The University of Tulsa in 1983.
Mohammed al-Riyami learned about TU through his family. "My uncle recommended TU to my dad, and I'm really glad he did," Mohammed said. "For me, coming to Tulsa was absolutely the right decision."