2012 OSSWA Graduation Ceremony
The 2012 OSSWA Graduation was a great success. The ceremony was held at Curtin University on the 1st May 2012. H.E. Dr. Hamed Al Alawi, Consul General of Oman, Australia was the proud guest of honour. Participants included academic and administrative staff from various educational institutions, Omani Students Society members, friends and families. OSSWA took this opportunity to promote Oman by displaying Omani crafts and brochures about tourism in Oman. The society would like to thank Curtin University and Perth Education City for their support.
2012 Australia Clean Up Day
Another successful event for OSSWA members. Many of the Omani students in Perth joined the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who helped remove from our environment on Clean Up Australia Day 4th of March 2012. The clean up site took place at Taylor Reserve, Victoria Park. The volunteering of OSSWA members in such an event reflects the values of our society, Assist “We give a hand and support local community activities where possible’. “It is these types of events that allows the Omani students to interact with the wider Australian community and publicise the rich Omani culture” said Mahir Al Hamadani, one of OSSWA members.
Sheikh Kahlan Al Kharousi Visit
The Omani Students Society in Western Australia was honored on Saturday the 3rd of March 2012 by meeting the Assistant Mufti of Oman, Al-Sheikh Kahlan bin Nabhan Al Kharousi in Perth. The gathering started at 11 am with greeting each other and exchanging Oman News with Perth News followed by enjoying traditional Omani coffee and dates. During the muster, the Sheikh gave a brief and concise talk and advice to the Omani Students living in Perth and shared his experience with them when he was studying his PhD in Oxford University. He expressed his unsurprised happiness on the efforts that the Omani Students are setting in their studies and encouraged them to keep continuing on this path. Soon after, lunch was served and the gathering ended with taking many photos of the meeting. OSSWA would like to thank the Sheikh Kahlan for spending time with the students and would like to thank the management team and it’s, members for their hospitality and hard work.
2012 OSSWA Alumni Dinner
The Omani Students Society Western Australia hosted its second Alumni dinner on Tuesday 17th January 2012 at Safeer Ballroom in Muscat Oman. The proud guest of honour was Mr. Pankaj Savara, Regional Director, Middle East & North Africa, of the Western Australian Trade Office, Dubai representing Perth Education City (PEC) and Mr. Chris Hogg, Assistant Director, Curtin International Marketing represented Curtin University. Students from 2003, when the society was established, current students and future Western Australia Omani students participated in the event with an estimate of 145 guests.
The dinner began with a speech by Mr. Adnan Al Hinai, OSSWA president. Mr. Al Hinai started by thanking his management team, the sponsors and the attendees. Then he pointed that OSSWA always takes major steps in introducing the Omani culture to the Australians and other nationalities through their annual graduation ceremonies and annual Oman Exhibitions and joining actively in the cultural weeks in the heart of the four universities in Perth. Apparently, this dinner keeps the friendship between the students and it can be considered as a way of thanking the Omani government for their endless contribution to the students studying abroad especially in Australia.
Then it was followed by a few words from Mr. Pankaj Savara, Regional Director, of the Western Australian Trade Office, Dubai. Mr. Savara was delighted to be the guest of honour and stated “I am amazed of your work” (OSSWA). After the speeches, the audience enjoyed watching a video ‘think big’ featuring Mr. Colin Barnett, Western Australia Premier and an slide-show of the OSSWA activities in WA. The 2012 Alumni dinner included questionnaire competitions, before the dinner and during dinner. The aims were to apply one of OSSWA values, Solidarity: We work as a team and share the same team spirit to be successful and to add a little bit of fun and thinking. Awards were given to Mr. Savara and Mr. Hogg for their contribution and 16 prizes were given to the questionnaire competition. It’s worth mentioning that the dinner was proudly sponsored and supported by Curtin University and PEC, and the outcome was a stronger relationship between education intuitions and Oman in general.
The event was published in Al Shabiaba (Oman newspaper)…..Shabab Oman_21-01-12 1
OSSWA members had the one of the best Ramadhan experience, there were a variety of activities to strengthen their bodies and acquire knowledge in the blessed month of Ramadhan. In addition, OSSWA did not save any tiny effort to make sure its members received a good diet in Ramadhan and that’s why there were 3 Iftar gatherings sponsored by OSSWA and contributions from other OSSWA members. For the fourth gathering, much thanks and appreciation goes to the General-Consulate of Oman, Australia for sponsoring it. The gatherings had an attendance rate of 95% of OSSWA members. Also, as part of the tradition, 3 to 4 hours football sessions took place after Tarawih prayers and “welldone” to the team who won the tournament.
Finally, for the first time, OSSWA organized weekly Cultural Knowledge Competitions (CKC) every Friday during the month of Ramadhan. The questions in the competition covered various topics such as religion, geography, history, mathematics, puzzles and many more. The members enjoyed the events, especially those who won the great prizes. The major weekly prizes included an acer mini-laptop – proudly sponsored by Perth Education City, 2 HP printers and PC speakers. In addition to CKC, members had the opportunity to get involved in the Forum Competition held every week.
OSSWA would like to thank all the management team, its members and the sponsors for all their contributions and hard work.
2011 OSSWA GRADUATION CEREMONY
The ceremony was held at Curtin University the 29th of April 2011. The society was pleased, delighted and honoured to have H.E. Hamed Al Hajri, General Consul of Oman, Australia as the proud guest of honour. The graduation ceremony was a success, it was observed that approximately 160 guests attended the event, ranging from university and college representatives, lecturers and staff, graduates friends and OSSWA members. Based on university representatives comments; the ceremony was worthwhile. They were impressed and amazed by the capabilities of the Omani students in planning for events. Also, the warm Omani hospitality
2011 CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
OSSWA members joined the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who helped remove rubbish from our environment on Clean Up Australia Day 6th of March 2011. The clean up site took place at Canning Bridge, South Perth. The volunteering of OSSWA members in such an event reflects the values of our society, Assist “We give a hand and support local community activities where possible’.
For the 2011 Clean Up Australia Day Photos (including some of OSSWA) go to: http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/CleanUpEvents/2011-clean-up-australia-day-photo-and-video-competition.html
2011 OSSWA ALUMNI DINNER
The Omani Students Society Western Australia (OSSWA) hosted its first official alumni dinner at Intercontinental Hotel, Muscat on Tuesday the 18th of January 2011. Dr. Dhiyab Al Abri, Director General of Development & Improvement, Ministry of Higher Education of Oman was the proud guest of honor while Professor David Wood, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Curtin University was the official representative of the dinner’s sponsor, Curtin University. Around 150 people attended this event including, His Excellency Hamed Al-Hajri, the Consul General of Oman, previous, current, and future Western Australia Omani students, government and private sector staff.
The event kicked off with a speech by the president of OSSWA Mr. Adnan Al Hinai, followed by a few words from Dr. Dhiyab Al Abri then Professor David Wood concluded with a speech highlighting Curtin University’s objectives. After the speeches, the audience enjoyed watching a slide show of the OSSWA activities in WA and a video clip about Curtin University and what it provides to its students and its plans to achieve a higher rank amongst the universities around the globe.
Two awards had been given to Dr. Dhiyab Al-Abri and Professor David Wood for their great contribution to the dinner. Shortly after that, a raffle draw had been performed and it was fun as most people were hoping to get at least one of the four prizes that were allocated for this draw. At the end of the draw, the attendees had been given the green light to scatter around the hall and enjoy the dinner. The students shared their memories with their mates about the life and activities in Perth. Everyone had the chance to get to know new people who studied in Perth and never knew them before since the society was officially established in 2003. It’s worth mentioning that the dinner was proudly sponsored by Curtin University, and the outcome was a stronger relationship between Curtin University and Oman in general.
40th OMANI NATIONAL DAY
OSSWA celebrated the 40th Omani National Day on the 10th November 2010 at Curtin University. The main aim of the celebration was to show ourselves and the Australians; the strong national pride that lives in the hearts and minds of the Omani students studying abroad. The event was successful; the participants included university administrators, supervisors, lecturers and the Omani students. The celebration comprised of lunch, Omani music, display of Omani photos and flag, distribution of books and DVDs of Oman.
The event was covered by The Week (Oman Newspaper)….Read More