Dr. Rima Mansour Al Zadjali

Dean, Gulf College

Dr. Rima Mansour Al Zadjali is the Dean of Gulf College, unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors since May 2018. With her vast experience and expertise in the field of higher education, quality assurance and community service, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge, skills and capabilities to lead the College with passion and conviction.     

Dr. Rima is a graduate of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), College of Education. She earned her MA in Language Testing and Programme Evaluation (With Distinction) from the University of Essex, UK and PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Lancaster, UK.

Her career spans over two decades. She has served as the Deputy Director for Academic Affairs and Community Service at SQU. Prior to this, she held the Deputy Director for Assessment post at the Language Centre. She has gigantic experience in the field of senior teaching positions in the centre and as a quality assurance specialist in the same prestigious university.

Her areas of expertise lie in quality assurance, accreditation, policy development and performance management. She is an expert in designing and implementing English language [programmes] placement and exit tests in the General Foundation Programme (GFP).

In conjunction with her accomplishments in quality management and enhancement, Dr. Rima has been a renowned external reviewer at  the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) since 2010. She has been a panel member in several institutional and GFP Quality Audits. She has also served as a panel member in the first Institutional Standards Assessment and chaired the first GFP Quality Audit in Oman. In addition to this, she served as an Executive Officer during her secondment at the OAAA in 2012. Recently, she was appointed as a member of the Executive Committee at the Oman Quality Network in Higher Education (OQNHE) now known as the Oman Association for Quality in Higher Education (OAQHE).

She has been fortunate in her career to have managed an array of the portfolio that encompasses key aspects in a student’s journey and the smooth functioning of a quality-driven institution as well.

She -is indeed a dynamic leader and a passionate academician. She believes that the future of a nation lies in the hands of the young and the knowledgeable. She is transformational in leadership style keeping students as her focal point of all actions and decisions – to offer them the highest quality education the country has.

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