A Summer of Literature for Omani Women Students; EDUCATION

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A GROUP of Omani women have come to Wales to learn about English literature in the first summer school of its kind at Aberystwyth University.

The 50 students are in their third year of a four-year English and education degree at the University of Nizwa which is based in the city of Nizwa in the Ad Dakhiliyah region of Oman, about 140 km from the capital Muscat. The university is a private not-for-profit university with 5,500 students, 92% of whom are female.

The group spent eight weeks at Aberystwyth developing their language skills and studying works by Blake, Coleridge, Keats, Yeats, Wordsworth and TS Elliot as well as enjoying a varied social programme and learning about Welsh culture and history.

The summer school has been so successful that senior representatives from Aberystwyth University will visit Oman in September to finalise arrangements that could see up to 250 Omani students travel to study at Aberystwyth next summer.

Professor Aled Jones, Pro Vice-Chancellor at Aberystwyth University, said: "The Summer School marks an important new relationship between Aberystwyth and the Sultanate of Oman, and with the Middle East as a whole.

"Nizwa University's decision to send 50 of its best female undergraduates to study with us further confirms the strength of Aber's global reputation for teaching excellence and the care we take of our students. It has been an important experience for both universities. …