PROF DR SAUD BIN NASSER AL-RIYAMI
Honorary Fellow 2017
- 2017: Honorary Fellow Swansea University
- 2016: Pro Chancellor of Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
- 2014: State Council Member (Upper House) Omani Parliament
- 2001: Vice Chancellor Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
His Excellency Professor Dr Saud bin Nasser Al-Riyami is one of Swansea University’s most distinguished alumni, and highly-esteemed President of Sultan Qaboos University in the State of Oman.
He gained his MA in Methods of Teaching Geography with first class honours from what was then the University College of Swansea in 1989. He then joined Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) as an instructor in the College of Education. He studied for his PhD, in Methods of Teaching Social Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, returning to SQU afterwards. In 2001, he became President at SQU.
He has brought a far-reaching vision to his role at SQU, facilitating joint research projects and securing memorandums of understanding with counterpart international universities and institutes including Swansea. He has transformed SQU by authorising the construction of many new university colleges and centres and he has enhanced students’ experiences by personally chairing a committee focusing on improving student communication.
Dr Riyami was appointed as State Council Member by his Majesty Sultan of Oman with the Royal Decree in October 2014 for his outstanding contribution to Sultan Qaboos University and the Higher Education Sector in the Gulf Region.