Sultan Qaboos University is the realization of the promise announced by the Sultan of Oman, His. Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said during the 10th anniversary of Oman’s National Day in 1980. Work on the university started in 1982 and the first students were enrolled in 1986. The University commenced with five colleges; namely Medicine, Engineering, Agriculture, Education and Science. Furthermore the College of Arts was established in 1987, following the College of Commerce and Economics which was developed in 1993.