Preparing Omani students for success abroad

Meet SIT alumnus Hilal Al Mamari

Hilal Al MamariI work for the Takatuf Scholars Program, a competitive pre-university scholarship program that aims to develop Omani talent and feed the Omani economy with people ready for leadership roles in 10-15 years.

The program selects a group of talented Omani students in grade 10 for an enrichment program and prepares all participants for university. From within these students (numbers vary each year), the program selects the top-ranking students to receive scholarships to study abroad for two years of boarding school in the United States, Canada, the UK, or other countries; these students then continue on to attend top universities in one of those countries or elsewhere in the world.

My role as an academic specialist is to run the selection-phase testing to join the program, as there are hundreds of applicants to screen. I also run the assessment during the program, which then is used in the ranking to compete for international scholarships. Additionally, I support the program in developing the curriculum of our summer courses and other learning sessions. I also assist in the process of placing the scholars abroad once they've been awarded a scholarship. 

The program started in 2012, and last fall we officially had our first cohort enter the university phase, with 10 scholars starting classes at MIT, New York University, the University of Arizona, University College London, The Imperial College, and Aston University, among others.