Professor Barry was appointed Vice Chancellor of Sohar University in 2015. He brings to the post a wealth of experience in academic management and institute internationalisation. Professor Barry completed tenures as Lecturer in Vision Sciences at Aston University and at Glasgow Caledonian University (both UK) before being appointed Chair of Optometry at the University of Bradford. In 1999, he accepted the inaugural post of Dean of Life Sciences at Bradford University and, in 2009, 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 and chaired the Quality Assurance Agency Benchmarking Group on subjects allied to medicine. Professor Barry is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Professor Barry’s career 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 the major players in Oman’s hugely expanding industrial and service sectors.
Dr. Hamdan Al Fazari joined Sohar University in 2013, accepting the post of Pro-Vice Chancellor (Resources) before rising to his current post of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Resources). Dr. Hamdan is a former air force career professional, rising to the rank of Wing Commander in the Royal Air Force of Oman and boasts a distinguished record of experience in academic leadership. He has held a number of senior management posts in training and personnel and administrative services, including Head of Department of Further Engineering, Assistant Academic Advisor and Assistant Principal at the Oman Military Technical College. He trained at Cranfield University and was awarded an HNC and HND by the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, both world-leading institutes of learning in the field of aviation. Dr. Hamdan has the quality of experience that will generate a new level of enablement to the University’s strategic plan and its administrative direction.
Few people can boast the wealth of academic and administrative experience accrued at Sohar University by Professor Hamza. Professor Hamza joined us in 2000, following a research and teaching tenure at Strathclyde University, Scotland. Since then, he has served as 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 most significant achievement. Today, the Faculty offers Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs in Civil, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical and Mechanical Engineering, and a Master’s Degree program in Environmental Engineering. Professor Hamza is now Sohar University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and, currently, brings his administrative expertise to the office of Quality Assurance at the University.
Professor Ghassan Al Kindi is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation. Before joining us at Sohar University, Professor Ghassan served as visiting professor and honorary research associate at Monash University and the University of Queensland (both Australia). He is a winner of the prestigious Joseph Whitworth Prize, awarded by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (UK), and has accrued over thirty years’ experience in the design and application of industrial processes, specializing in automation and manufacturing. He is currently an editorial board member of 3 international journals, has been widely published and has delivered papers at a host of international conferences. Professor Ghassan’s considerable contribution to the University can be counted in the wealth of research and consultancy projects he has won and in his supervision of the progress of our post-graduate Masters’ and PhD students.
Dr. Mohammed Al-Maqbali is Pro Vice Chancellor for Community and Engagement, the first post of its kind in the Sultanate of Oman. Dr. Mohammed completed a Master’s degree in International Educational Management at the University of Leeds (UK) and was awarded a Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) at the United Arab Emirates University. He joined Sohar University in 2007, serving, first, as Executive Manager of the Office of the Vice Chancellor, then as Pro Vice Chancellor for Admin & Finance and, for four years, as Pro Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. Dr. Mohammed has served on the Sohar Municipal Committee, is President of the Hayat Group, Sohar, an organisation devoted to supporting disadvantaged people in the local area and is a patron of the Al Noor Association for the Blind (Al Batinah North), so his tenure as PVC for Student Affairs signaled his keynote contribution to the University and our wider community, and has made him, of course, eminently suited to and qualified for the post of VC for Community Engagement.