Dr. Rima Al Zadjali

Dean, Gulf College

Dr. Rima Al Zadjali is the Dean of Gulf College, unanimously appointed by the Board of Directors since May 2018. With years of experience to her credit and expertise garnered in the field of Higher education, Quality Assurance and Community service, she brings with her a wealth of knowledge, skills, and capability to lead this institution with passion and conviction.     

Dr. Rima Al Zadjali is a graduate of Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), College of Education. She has an MA in Language Testing and Program Evaluation (with distinction) from the University of Essex, UK and a Ph.D. degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Lancaster, UK.

Her career spans over 2 decades, during when she has served as the Deputy Director for Academic Affairs and Community Service at Sultan Qaboos University. Prior to this, she held the post of Deputy Director for Assessment at the Language Centre, SQU. She has amassed years of experience at senior teaching positions in the center and as a quality assurance specialist in the prestigious university.

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

In conjunction with her accomplishments in Quality management and enhancement, Dr. Rima has been a renowned external reviewer with the Oman Academic Accreditation Authority (OAAA) since 2010. She has been a panel member in several institutional and GFP Quality Audits. She has served as a panel member in the first Institutional Standards Assessment in Oman and chaired the first GFP Quality Audit in Oman. She also served as Executive Officer during her secondment at the OAAA in 2012. Most recently, she was appointed as a member of the executive committee of 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 as well as in the smooth functioning of a quality-driven institution.

She is 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 in education the country has.