Professor Winn’s care profile is located in academic leadership at both regional and national level. He has travelled globally in order to build strategic partnerships between institutes of higher education and industrial and commercial organisations and, notable amongst his many achievements are his roles in the establishing of a university-based Logistics Centre in China and an international college in the port city of Hull, in the United Kingdom.
Professor Barry has lectured in Vision Sciences at Aston University and at Glasgow Caledonian University. In 1994, he was appointed Chair of Optometry at the University of Bradford, discharging those duties while also acting as Head of Department. In 1999, he accepted the inaugural post of Dean of Life Sciences at the University and, in 2009, he became Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Development.
During this period, Professor Barry also filled the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at the University of Hull and held memberships of the World Trade Centre Steering Committee, the Humber Economic Partnership Strategy Group, and the Wilberforce 2007 Committee. He was a non-executive director of the Institute of Knowledge Transfer, served on the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council panel and chaired the Quality Assurance Agency Benchmarking Group on subjects allied to medicine. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine and a former educational advisor to the General Optical Council.
Professor Barry succeeded to the post of Vice Chancellor at Sohar University in April 2015. He brings, of course, a wealth of experience in academic management and a focus on institute internationalisation. Professor Barry’s focus fits perfectly with the Vision and Mission Statement of Sohar University as it strengthens its partnerships with institutes of higher education in the Middle East and beyond, and with major employers in Sohar, itself a primary interest of Oman 2020, the government’s strategic plan to enhance the national logistical infrastructure and support local and offshore investment in the private sector.
Mr. Al Maqbali began his career with Sohar University as an English teacher, soon after its inauguration as a College of Applied Sciences in 1997, and has been part of the extraordinary growth that the University has enjoyed since being granted degree-awarding status.
Mr. Al Maqbali’s career profile features an outstanding level of administration and executive management: he has served as Evaluation and Follow-up Fellow at the Office of the Undersecretary for Education and Curricula, Ministry of Education, Oman, and is currently a member of Sohar Municipal Council and of the Economic Committee of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, North Batinah Governorate.
At Sohar University, Mr. Al Maqbali has held the posts of Executive Manager of the Vice Chancellor’s Office and Pro Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance, and has been a member of the University Board of Governors since 2009. Also, in 2009, he was awarded a fellowship on the Leaders for Democracy Fellows Program, at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, in the USA.
Mr. Al Maqbali succeeded to the post of Pro. Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, in 2013, a post for which he is eminently suited, as his CV features an outstanding career in the service of the community: he is a Patron of the Al Noor Association for Blind People and is President of the Hayat Group, Sohar, an organisation devoted to supporting variously disadvantaged persons in the local community.
Dr. Hamdan Al-Fazari is a former Lieutenant Colonel and Wing Commander of the Royal Air Force of Oman and served as Assistant Principal of the Air Force Technical College and Assistant Academic Advisor of the Military Technological College.
As an Air Force career professional, Dr. Hamdan accrued twenty eight years of experience in personnel training, academic programme management, strategic organisational planning and Quality Assurance. He was appointed Pro-Vice Chancellor, Resources, for Sohar University in 2013, and brings a quality of experience that will generate a new level of enablement to the University’s own strategic programme of expansion in both campus facilities and academic programmes, one that is probably unique in Oman.
Few people can boast the wealth of academic and administrative experience accrued at Sohar University by Professor Hamza.
Professor Hamza joined the Faculty of Sohar University in 2003, following a research tenure at Strathclyde University, and has served bas Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean of the Faculty of Computing and Information Technology. However, it is his Deanship of the Faculty of Engineering which, perhaps, has been his stand-out achievement: today, the Faculty offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programmes in Civil, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, and, as of 2016, in a programme of studies unique to Sohar University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Engineering.
Professor Hamza is now Sohar University’s Pro Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and, currently, is bringing his administrative expertise to the post of Dean of Quality Assurance.