A beautiful display of traditional Omani artefacts with cultural and artistic significance is being exhibited at the Borchardt library at La Trobe University’s Melbourne campus at Bundoora.
From bright golden rings, bracelets, bangles and head pieces to intricately decorated swords, traditional clothing and images of Oman’s rough mountainous terrain, this exhibition highlights the close bond that has formed between Oman and La Trobe University.
The relationship between Oman and La Trobe was forged in 2005 when the Health Ministry from Oman asked La Trobe to train Omani students in podiatry. The aim was to expand the capacity of Oman’s hospitals to offer this service.
There are now 28 Omani students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Faculties of Health Sciences, Business, Economics and Law, and Science, Technology and Engineering at La Trobe.
Adviser on International Affairs Professor Charles Mott says that he was ‘so impressed by the La Trobe Omani students who worked tirelessly to create the beautiful exhibition’.
‘La Trobe International is also very thankful to the Consul General of Oman Dr Hamed Al Alawi and his colleagues for initiating the project and for their continued support.’
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