Work placement is supervised and assessed work carried out by students, with the approval of the College, in a social, business, industrial or other organisation. DU perceives work placement as a valuable experience for students, which enhances their employment opportunities.
Work placement is an integral part of the majority of the programs at DU. The objective is to acquaint the student with a real life workplace environment. It provides them with opportunities to put into practice the theoretical knowledge gained by them in the classroom. The Colleges have a “Training and Placements Coordinator” to arrange practical training for students.
a) Arrangements with Business organisations for work placement
DU has informal agreements with a number of societies, businesses and industrial organisations in public and private sectors, governmental agencies, schools, hospitals and NGOs, where work placement training are given to its students.
DU maintains a database of such organisations, which is reviewed and updated every year. The most prominent among them are: Omantel, Dhofar Power Company, Oredoo, Bank Muscat, Bank Dhofar, Hilton Salalah, Crown Plaza, Raysut Cement, Salalah Port Services, Oman Air and Octal Company.
For social work students, DU has informal agreements with a number of social services providers. The most prominent among them are: The Ministry of Social Development, Court, Sultan Qaboos Hospital, Al Wafa Centers, Autism Center, Omani Woman Center and the DU Hostel.
b) Duration of Work Placement
The duration of internship in CCBA and practical training in CE is for two months, whereas practicum internship in the Department of Education is for one semester and the field internship in the Social Science Department is for two semesters in the case of the Bachelor Program.
c) Supervision, Monitoring and Assessment of Work Placement
Student interns are supervised by an assigned faculty member who makes site visits to follow up on the students’ progress. The interns also have a mentor (supervisor) within their workplace. Students and work supervisors submit their internship reports on the work experience, which subsequently counts towards the program requirements. Records of work placements are maintained by the respective academic departments.