Research Partnership Gap between Universities and Public and Private Institutions to Achieve Oman Vision 2040

Ahmed Al Rabaani, Huda Al Dayri


This study explores mechanisms to bridge the gap between Omani universities and public and private institutions by investigating the current extent of research partnerships and the challenges and mechanisms of bridging the gap at the partnership level. A 33-item questionnaire developed by the researchers covering four domains was administered to 204 academic and non-academic staff from Omani universities and public and private partner institutions. The gap in research partnership needs to be bridged; albeit the current extent of research partnership is moderate, and participants were moderately satisfied with the degree of partnership. They also strongly highlighted obstacles facing the enhancement of such partnerships and supported mechanisms for bridging the gap. No significant differences were found in relation to gender and institutional type, but there was a significant difference in relation to experience. This study highlights barriers to effective research partnerships as perceived by stakeholders in Oman regarding Oman Vision 2040, identifying areas to be addressed.


Keywords: gap, research partnership, universities, public sector, private sector, Oman Vision 2040.



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