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2011.10.24 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Welcomes Students from Oman

Omaha - Last week the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) welcomed 23 students from Oman, a rapidly developing country of 3.6 million people on the Arabian Peninsula. They are among the first students to arrive in the United States under an expanded scholarship initiative funded by Oman’s government.

The students will begin their studies in UNO’s Intensive English program, known as ILUNO, in order to prepare for regular undergraduate coursework. They plan to study in fields such as architectural engineering and computer science, priority industries for the Oman government and critical areas of study for the futures of young Omanis.

Nationwide, about 560 Omani undergraduate students will begin classes this year at 18 to 21 U.S. schools, said Hassan Abdelnabi from the Cultural Office of the Oman Embassy in Washington D.C. Oman awards the full-ride scholarships to high-performing students who are interested in scientific or high-tech fields. While UNO’s International Studies and Programs has hosted Omani students in the past, this is the first large group to arrive and study together. Abdelnabi said that in selecting educational institutions, his government considers cost and quality, looking at various rankings in higher education journals.

“We want to send our students to good schools,” Abdelnabi said.

Julie Soper, student advisor with UNO International Admissions, said she hopes that this will be the first of many groups from Oman. “The Omanis will add some nice diversity to our international student population,” Soper said. “It’s always wonderful to add new perspectives to our campus.”

In the 2010-2011 academic year, UNO International Studies and Programs served 1,695 participants from 128 countries. In addition to the cultural and academic contributions made by these students, their purchases on campus and in the community brought significant economic benefits as well. UNO estimates that their economic impact to Omaha last year totaled more than $45 million.

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