Ericsson and Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Launch Center of Excellence Technical Mentorship Programs
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and Oman’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MoHERI) are launching an extensive technical mentorship program for a select group of talented students from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) to be held at the Center of Excellence for Advanced Telecommunications Technology and IoT (CoE) in Oman at Innovation Park Muscat.
The official launch took place on Wednesday, March 30, 2022 at Innovation Park Muscat, under the patronage of HE Dr Saif bin Abdullah Al Haddabi, Undersecretary for Research and Innovation at MoHERI, and in the presence of Dr Abdullah Al Balushi, Chairman of Ericsson Oman, Directors General of the Ministry of Finance and a number of program participants from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
The program aims to mentor students in the development of IoT use cases using the latest 5G and IoT technologies under the Center of Excellence for Advanced Telecommunications Technology and IoT (CoE) established by the Oman Ministry of Finance in partnership with Ericsson and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation.
Students will be mentored by academic professionals and Ericsson IoT experts, teaching them the basic concepts and use cases of IoT through realization, implementation and testing. A total of 15 students ranging from undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Representing a rich variety of academic disciplines such as mechatronics engineering, telecommunications engineering, computer engineering, agricultural engineering, architecture engineering, electronic instrumentation and control, and communication and signal processing who will be involved in the mentorship program for two to three months. Students will work on three main IoT use cases related to the country’s agriculture and water sector. The main learning outcome of the program is to work in multidisciplinary teams, deliver a prototype that meets industry standards, and manage a project using agile development principles.
Ericsson has already equipped the CoE with state-of-the-art 5G Radio DOT technology from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio and a sophisticated IoT platform, perfectly suited for educational research and development. To further demonstrate Ericsson’s commitment to CoE, Ericsson conducted comprehensive knowledge transfer sessions for 5G O&M and demonstrated system capabilities to selected engineers from the Innovation technical team. Park Muscat (IPM).
Dr. Abdullah Al Balushi, Chairman of Ericsson Oman, said, “We believe that academia plays an important role in a nation’s technological advancement by serving as a platform that encourages innovation and creativity. As we map Oman’s digital future through the CoE, we look forward to working alongside the talented students of Sultan Qaboos University and having them develop enterprise-wide use cases. industry that propel the achievement of Oman’s Vision 2040.
Hajar Al Balushi from the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation said, “We are delighted to establish this center of excellence alongside Ericsson, where the center will provide an excellent environment for people from different age groups and expertise in the field of 5G and IoT to come together to learn, test and hone their skills. I am confident that talented students will excel in developing a variety of IoT use cases that complement Oman’s Vision 2040 to diversify the economy and strengthen various industrial sectors across the country.
The Center of Excellence for Advanced Telecommunications Technology and IoT (CoE) acts as a research center to develop 5G use cases and IoT use cases as proof of concept (PoC) before deployments in commercial networks. It supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as start-ups moving towards next-generation network evolution by incubating their ideas and concepts into reality. It also aims to support local academia and improve digital learning for junior and senior high school students through the Ericsson Digital Lab program.