Viewing cable 05MUSCAT355
Title: FIRST ANNIVERSARY FOR AMERICAN CORNERS IN OMAN

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05MUSCAT3552005-03-02 08:53:00 2011-08-30 01:44:00 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Muscat
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UNCLAS MUSCAT 000355 
 
SIPDIS 
 
STATE FOR NEA/ARPI (TROBERTS), NEA/PPD (CWHITTLESEY), 
IIP/G/NEA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: KPAO OIIP SCUL MU
SUBJECT: FIRST ANNIVERSARY FOR AMERICAN CORNERS IN OMAN 
 
 
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Summary 
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¶1. NEA's first American Corner, hosted by Muscat's Modern 
College of Business and Science (MCBS), recently celebrated 
its first anniversary.  The Ambassador addressed students 
and faculty of MCBS on the role of the Corner in providing 
accurate and authoritative information about the United 
States.  His remarks were followed by presentations from 
Embassy staff on public diplomacy programs, educational 
opportunities at U.S. institutions, and student visa 
requirements.  End Summary. 
 
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Happy Birthday American Corner 
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¶2. On February 23, 2005, the Embassy joined MCBS in 
celebrating the anniversary of the first of five American 
Corners in Oman.  During the ceremony, the Ambassador 
addressed an audience of approximately fifty students and 
faculty members.  His remarks noted the wide variety of 
programs that took place during past year in all five of 
Oman's Corners from presentations on American scientific 
ventures in Antarctica to Cherokee storytelling.  The 
Ambassador also reaffirmed the embassy's commitment to 
continue to provide high-quality speakers, programs and 
meetings and encouraged the students to let us know how we 
could do even better. 
 
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Promoting Programs 
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¶3. Following the Ambassador's remarks, the Embassy's 
Educational Advisor, Cultural Affairs Assistant, and Conoff 
gave presentations on academic opportunities in the U.S., 
USG-funded educational and professional exchange programs, 
and student visa requirements.  In addition to the MCBS 
audience, ten students from our American Corner in Salalah 
followed the presentations via digital videoconference. 
Each presentation was followed by a question and answer 
session, and many students and faculty members expressed 
their appreciation for the Embassy's efforts to demystify 
the visa process and for providing valuable information 
about educational and exchange opportunities in the United 
States. 
 
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Getting the Word Out 
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¶4.  The anniversary ceremony for the MCBS American Corner 
and the subsequent speaker presentations were reported in 
the local press.  The nation's leading Arabic-language daily 
"Al-Watan" (est. circulation 42,000) printed a story on the 
ceremony on February 24, as did the youth-oriented Arabic- 
language daily "Al-Shabiba" (circulation 20,000).  The 
English-language daily "Oman Tribune" (circulation 25,000) 
also published an article on the anniversary in its February 
24 edition.  Photographs from the event were published 
alongside the articles in each newspaper. 
 
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