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March 2017

Application for this year Takatuf Scholars Programme has opened on March 15th. This year, the applications will be accepted only from students in Grade 10 in schools in North Batinah Governorate. As usual, the application portal will be available on the Takatuf Scholars website www.takatufscholars.com.

With opening the application process, the Takatuf Scholars Programme cycle starts, which takes over 12 month to complete. Finding ways to support the success of Oman’s youth in this new 21st century of learning is a core goal of the Takatuf Scholars Programme. Through the admission process, the programme identifies Oman’s most talented young people, to join the programme, with the ultimate aim to prepare them for personal and professional success.

February 2017

Application for this year Takatuf Scholars Programme will open on March 15th for a period of one month. This year, the applications will be accepted only from students in Grade 10 in schools in North Batinah Governorate. As usual, the application portal will be available on the Takatuf Scholars website www.takatufscholars.com.

Orpic continues to fund the admission of Grade 10 students from North Batinah Governorate to the Takatuf Scholars Enrichment Programme. However, to date no funding is available to support the admission of students from other governorates.

Takatuf Oman and the Takatuf Scholars team will continue to seek support for national seats. Should we be successful, the application process will be adjusted accordingly.

June 2016

Applications to join the 2016 Takatuf Scholars Programme are now open. Interested students should apply through the online application system on our website. Applications are open from 1 to 14 June 2016.

March 2015

The application cycle for students interested in joining the Takatuf Scholars Programme for 2015 will be open from 1 April 2015 to 30 April 2015. Interested students should apply online to the programme. Applications will be open to Omani students from Grade 10 only.

February 2015

The Takatuf Scholars Programme, a unit within Takatuf Oman, conducted last week the winter workshop, for one hundred and thirty one (131) students from throughout the Sultanate. Upon completion of this workshop that took place at Hormuz Grand Muscat Hotel, these students will have earned recognition as Takatuf Scholars and moved forward in the competition for sponsored international scholarships.

At this point, Takatuf Scholars have completed a rigorous programme of intellectual and personal development. They have been acquiring new skills and abilities that will prepare them for success as students and employees in the 21st century.  As Takatuf Scholars, they will continue to learn from one another as they build their leadership skills for the future.

Commenting on the event, Eng. Isam bin Saud Al-Zadjali, the Chairman of Takatuf Oman said “Our focus in Takatuf is building the capacity of Human Capital. Not only do we consider the working population, but also the future generations who will join the Sultanate’s workforce in coming years.  That is why we created the Takatuf Scholars Programme, so that when the time comes our clients will be able to make the right choice for a particular job position from a talented pool of Omani candidates”.

Since 2012 over 2,000 Omani students have applied and been tested for admission; 267 have attended a Summer Residential Programme and engaged in an independent learning programme concurrent with attending high school here in Oman; and 34 have been awarded international scholarships to attend preparatory school and universities abroad.

The Takatuf Scholars Programme started as a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative which has proven, in its first three years of operation, that the rigorous enrichment programme has given its graduates key skills for success.  Recognizing that these young people will return to Oman to provide leadership in many sectors, the initiative has grown to represent an investment in the future that goes beyond CSR.  Currently, the team has been putting an additional effort to find support to ensure that young Omanis continue to have access to and benefit from the programme at all stages both inside and outside the Oil & Gas sector, always conveying the message that the Takatuf Scholars Programme enables learning and education as critical engines of growth and prosperity for Oman.

May 2014

Below is a map to GUTech, the testing location for the 10 May 2014. Due to road construction around the GUTech campus, we recommend taking the route through Maabila, as shown below.

April 2014

1. What tests do I need to undergo to join The Takatuf Scholars Programme?

There are three tests for applicants that met the eligibility criteria and were contacted by The Programme, as follows:

a) Oxford Online Placement Test

This is a test of English language proficiency and takes roughly one hour. You can find out more about the test athttps://www.oxfordenglishtesting.com

b) Raven SPM

This test assesses your observation and clear thinking skills and it takes about an hour. You can find out more about the test at http://www.raventest.net/

c) Personal essay

You will be required to write a personal essay answering a particular question under normal testing conditions. The personal essay will take approximately 45 minutes and is designed to measure your communication and planning abilities. 

2. When will I be informed if I have qualified for the next stage of selection?

After testing all applicants throughout the Sultanate, the top 200 applicants according to the established distribution criteria will be selected and contact by The Programme around mid-May. Those who do not qualify will also be informed. Only the Oxford test scores will be sent to applicants.

3. What are the tests involved in the next stage of selection?

The next stage of the selection process will involve the personal interviews only. These will be done online. You will be informed of the time and method of the interview in due time.

4. What if I cannot come to the test at the designated date and time?

Due to our arrangements with the testing sites, it will not be possible to accommodate applicant that are not able to come to or arrive at the testing site after the tests have started. Thus, please make sure you arrive at the testing site on or ahead of the testing time.

April 2014

The testing schedule for applicants to the Takatuf Scholars Programme is announced. Details are as below.

Tests will take place according to the following schedule.

Governorate  Location  Day  Date  Time 
Musandam Atana Hotel To be decided  To be decided Students will be contacted
North Albatinah Shinas College of Technology  Saturday  19 April 2014  Students will be contacted
South Albatinah Almusana College of Technology  Saturday  19 April 2014  Students will be contacted 
Aldhakhliyah Nizwa College of Technology  Saturday  19 April 2014  Students will be contacted 
Alburaimi DG of Education  Sunday  20 April 2014  Students will be contacted 
South Alsharqiyah College of Applied Sciences - Sur Saturday 3 May 2014 8:00 am
Aldhahirah Ibri College of Technology Saturday  3 May 2014  8:00 am
Muscat  German University of Technology in Oman  Saturday  10 May 2014  8:00 am
North Alsharqiyah  Ibra College of Technology  Saturday  10 May 2014  8:00 am
Dhofar  Salalah College of Technology  Saturday 17 May 2014  8:00 am 
  1. The applicant reception of a text message from the Takatuf Scholars Programme does not confirm their meting of the academic requirements, as the confirmation of such will be done after testing is done due to the large number of applications.
  2. As an applicant, it is paramount that you establish your own email account for testing purposes. Using a family member`s or teacher`s email account could prevent or delay you from taking the tests.
  3. The tests are expected to take approximately four (4) hours, with a short break for refreshments. You will need to be at the testing location no later than 30 minutes before the start time.
  4. Parents, family members, and/or companions are not allowed into the testing locations.
  5. All applicants need to bring a valid passport or photo ID with them for the test.

March 2014

Interviews were conducted for 34 students as part of the final selection phase for identifying Takatuf Scholars that will be offered the Takatuf International Scholarship and Orpic International Scholarship. Four panels comprising leading personalities from  Oman and abroad took part in interviewing the Scholars. 20 international scholarships will be offered; 10 sponsored by Oman Oil Company S.A.O.C and 10 by Orpic.

March 2014

Applications to become a Takatuf Scholar for 2014 are now open for students in both Grades 10 and 11. Interested students should apply online through the link http://www.takatufscholars.com/default.aspx. The application process will be open until the end of March 2014.

February 2014

60 Takatuf Scholars 2013 candidates attended the Winter Workshop sessions in Muscat. In three days packed with workshops and testing session, the candidates actively participated in the penultimate phase of the pre-university Takatuf Scholars Programme. The Winter Workshop was held from 31 January to 3 February 2014. 

January 2014

Applications towards becoming 2014 Takatuf Scholars will be open from 1 to 30 March 2014. Submit your application online through this link, Click Here on this website.

If you are interested, make sure you check out the eligibility criteria Click Here and submit a complete application before the final deadline.

January 2014

The Takatuf International Scholars 2012 departed to their boarding schools to start their second term. All enjoyed a short break with their families and are ready to tackle the second term with commitment and focus.

December 2013

The ten Takatuf International Scholars 2012 flew back to Oman to spend their Christmas school break with their families. All will be spending roughly two weeks with their families before heading back to their schools early January 2014.

November 2013

As part of the monitoring of Takatuf International Scholars progress, Prof. Kathryn Bindon - The Programme Director - visited all ten international scholars in their schools. She met with the Scholars and their academic and pastoral care staff to make sure all is going well. The International Scholars are all doing well and school staff are impressed with their performance so far.

August 2013

On 29 August 2013, the Takatuf Scholars Programme completed its second Summer Residential Programme. Officials from Oman Oil Company, Takatuf Oman, faculty, the 72 candidates for Takatuf Scholars 2013 and their families were in attendance. The candidates presented their summer projects and received recognition for completing the Summer Residential Programme 2013.

July 2013

The Takatuf Scholars Programme welcomed its 2013 batch to a one-day orientation held at City Seasons Hotel, Muscat. The workshop was conducted to introduce the 2013 batch to the Takatuf Scholars Programme, the Summer Residential Programme and the different tools and facets they will be exposed to during the Programme. Additionally, a session was held to discuss the Programme with some of the parents that were in attendace at the end of the day.

July 2013

In a ceremony held at the City Seasons Hotel, Muscat, The Takatuf Scholars Programme announced its 2012 International Scholars. The ceremony was held under the patronage of  His Excellency Dr. Ali Qassim Al-Lawati, Advisor for Studies and Research at the Diwan of Royal Court and attended by members from Oman Oil Company board of directors and staff, Takatuf and dignitaries from the public and private sectors. For 2012, the Scholars that were awarded the Takatuf International Scholarship as per their ranking in their respective categories are:
  1. Al-Ghalia Nasser Mubarak Al-Yaqoobi - admitted to Gordonstoun school in Scotland
  2. Al-Zubair Ahmed Mohammed Al-Mahry - admitted to Gordonstoun school in Scotland
  3. Al-Zubair Khalid Al-Zaabi - admitted to Epsom College in the UK
  4. Amna Mohammed Jaffer Mohammed - admitted to Epsom College in the UK
  5. Habib Hassan Habib Al-Lawati - admitted to Brighton College in the UK
  6. Hamad Mohgammed Hamad Al-Derei - admitted to Brighton College in the UK
  7. Manal Ali Al-Siyabi - admitted to Millfield Senior School in the UK
  8. Manar Sulaiman Said Al-Busaidi - admitted to Millfield Senior School in the UK
  9. Mohammed Nasser Khamis Al-Jashmi - admitted to Gordonstoun school in Scotland
  10. Muneera Said Musabah Al-Hosni - admitted to Gordonstoun school in Scotland

July 2013

In a ceremony held at the City Seasons Hotel, Muscat, The Takatuf Scholars Programme announced its 2012 Takatuf Scholars. The ceremony was held under the patronage of  His Excellency Dr. Ali Qassim Al-Lawati, Advisor for Studies and Research at the Diwan of Royal Court and attended by members from Oman Oil Company board of directors and staff, Takatuf and dignitaries from the public and private sectors. Thirty one Scholars successfully completed the Programme and met the requirements set for being recognized as a Takatuf Scholar. They were awarded their certificates in recognition of their efforts.

July 2013

In preparing its Scholars for success in their university and future careers, the Takatuf Scholars Programme conducted a series of workshops in City Seasons Hotel, Muscat, on 2 and 3 July 2013. The workshops spanned topic such as choice of programme of study and university, cross-cultural interaction and managing student finance, along with other topics.