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The Role

The University is looking for a new Director of Programmes, Faculty of Business and Management for the Muscat Business School.

About Muscat

Muscat University has established a strong reputation locally for quality provision with state-of-the-art facilities and a high-quality student experience.

Working For Us

Benefits will include free housing, medical insurance, annual return flights for postholder and eligible family members to country of origin, and education allowances for eligible children.


Searchhigher have been chosen to help manage the campaign and will be dealing with the initial shortlisting stages and welcome your application and enquiries.
Closing date for all applications:
15th May 2019

The Role

Director of Programmes, Faculty of Business and Management
(Soon to be Muscat Business School)

Job description

As Director of Faculty you will have full responsibility for development of the programmes, for recruiting and leading a staff team of a Senior Lecturer and 2 Lecturers, and for ensuring successful delivery of programmes in partnership with our UK partners. You will be experienced in a wide range of learning and teaching approaches, and will be able to demonstrate excellence and innovation in learning, teaching and assessment. You will also work in effective collaboration with academic colleagues in Muscat, Aston and Cranfield to enhance curricula, foster interdisciplinary links, and contribute to the wider strategic, academic and operational leadership of the University. Further, you will be able to foster strong working relationships with external stakeholders including the Ministry of Higher Education and especially industry partners who will provide placements for our students.



  1. Oversee the launch of Muscat Business School including the media campaign raising awareness of the role of Business Schools and developing an Advisory Body for the School.
  2. Reporting to the DVC Academic Affairs, work with colleagues to deliver the overall Muscat University Strategic Plan.
  3. Build and lead a team to deliver a high-quality learning experience for students and an opportunity to mentor team members to develop their teaching, research and industry engagement activities.
  4. Oversee the delivery and development of the BSc Accounting for Management programme in conjunction with Aston University, UK, in order to achieve a sustainable programme and an excellent student experience.
  5. Complete the delivery and development of the MSc Management & Entrepreneurship and MSc Finance & Management, in conjunction with Cranfield University, in order to ensure the sustainability of programmes and the provision of excellent student experience.
  6. Recruit to and manage the launch of the DBA as well as manage the delivery of the programme, if approved by the Ministry of Higher Education.
  7. Oversee the industrial placement element of the programmes building ties with industry to facilitate placement of students.
  8. Ensure all necessary content and material is in place for the programme in time for each part of the course to be delivered: this will involve adaptation of Aston-sourced material to the Oman context.

Person Specification

  1. Education to doctoral level in Business and Management or a closely related discipline
  2. High professional and ethical standards
  3. Proven experience in delivery of business & management education at undergraduate level
  4. Proven experience of supervising theses at Master’s level
  5. Experience in programme design
  6. Experience of communicating effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  7. Financial management experience

Job package includes

  • Up to 3,266 OMR per month (inclusive of accommodation, car and phone allowance)
  • Medical insurance for family (including spouse and up to 3 eligible children)
  • Education allowance of 3080 OMR per eligible child (for up to 3 children aged 4-18)
  • Relocation flights (including spouse and up to 3 eligible children)
  • End of year gratuity, as per Oman Labour Law
  • 30 working days annual leave in addition to Oman public holidays

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Background to Muscat University

The concept of a new, high quality, private university in Muscat was approved by Oman’s Education Council within the framework of Government efforts to develop human resources in Oman in cooperation with leaders in both the public and private sectors.

Since November 2013, Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, has been working as lead consultant for the project, which has financial backing from a large group of prominent figures in Oman and is also supported by the Omani Government. The Oxford University Innovation team is collaborating with experts from within the University of Oxford and from around the world to design and establish the University.

Muscat University aims to be innovative and entrepreneurial with close connections to the business communities of Oman and the wider region. Its programmes will combine academic rigour with relevance to the world of work. The first intake of students for pathway programmes is planned for September 2016, with the first intake of degree programme students in September 2017. Oxford University Innovation will continue to provide support over the following year in the form of management mentoring, workshops and metric tracking.


The mission of Muscat University is to transform individuals and communities through teaching, research, and third-stream activities that are excellent, rigorous and relevant. Muscat University will achieve success through:

  • innovative, entrepreneurial and ethical approaches to its structure and to all itsactivities;
  • scholarship that embraces collaboration and community engagement;
  • a learning environment that is supportive, creative and fulfilling; and
  • an inclusive culture of global citizenship.


Muscat University’s vision is to create a higher education environment in Oman for both Omani and international students that is conducive to producing cadres of future leaders in both the public and private sectors. These leaders will be capable of operating internationally and will reflect the core values of the University:

  • A strong commitment to ethics: this is central and critical to our long-term success asa University. Every University student, staff and faculty member must hold themselves to the highest ethical standards, and the University will not accept orallow anything less.
  • Full compliance with all laws and regulations of Oman and of any other country in which students, staff or faculty are active.
  • A learning environment that is positive, creative and rewarding, promoting individual expression, entrepreneurship, innovation and achievement. Students, staff and faculty are offered opportunities to grow personally and professionally and all are treated with respect and dignity.
  • All processes and decisions in recruiting, developing and promoting students, staff and faculty made without regard to gender, race, colour, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, religion, age, physical or mental disability, medical condition, or marital status.
  • Responsible business practices and social investments to create long-term sustainable value in helping transform societies and communities, in conserving limited resources, and in protecting the environment.
  • An environment that encourages and enables innovation and entrepreneurship formsthe core of the University’s structure and activities.

Guiding Principles

  1. Muscat University will be an innovative and entrepreneurial university.
  2. Muscat University must demonstrate to the nation of Oman and to the wider regionaland global community that the education it offers is appropriate and effective.
  3. Muscat University recognizes that the skills required to be effective in the workforceof the 21st century are substantially different from those of earlier times.
  4. Muscat University will ensure that technological innovation is built into the fabric ofthe University so that it is able to adapt swiftly and effectively to the ever more rapidlychanging context of higher education.
  5. Muscat University will seek to position itself as an institution that has internationalrelevance as well as local and regional relevance.
Oman is one of the world’s most exciting emerging tourist destinations, offering a genuine taste of old Arabia and an oasis of traditional culture amidst the frantically modernizing Gulf states. The country boasts a string of captivating attractions. Scenically, it’s one of the region’s most memorable destinations, from the craggy uplands of the Hajar mountains to the spectacular fjords of the Musandam peninsula and the dramatic dunes of the Wahiba Sands. Culturally, the country boasts a variety of absorbing sights, ranging from the traditional souks of Muscat, Nizwa, and Salalah to the atmospheric mudbrick towns and towering forts of the interior.
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Application process

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Apply for this role below by email, please provide a CV and supporting statement:

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To make an informal enquiry or for further information, please contact Christopher Boote by email

or call Christopher on +44 (0)2476 575004

Closing date for all applications: Midnight on 15th May 2019