College of Applied Sciences-Nizwa (CAS-Nizwa) is one of the six Colleges of Applied Sciences governed by the Ministry of Higher Education. This higher education institution was first founded in 1990 and progressed through several stages. It started as an Intermediate Teacher Training College offering a diploma in teaching. In 1994/1995 the college was upgraded into a College of Education offering Bachelor Degrees in Education (B.Ed). When the College of Education had trained a sufficient number of teachers, to the point that no further need of B.Ed graduates was envisaged, the College was then converted into a College of Applied Sciences launching new degree routes. This conversion took place in the academic year 2005/2006.


The conversion came as part of the MoHE’s continuous endeavours to upgrade the offerings of the HEIs under its jurisdiction thus bringing them into line with the ever-changing demands and ever-rising standards of the labour market.


CAS-Nizwa now offers three degree programmes:


  • Communication Studies Programme with the following majors: Public Relations, International Communications, Digital Media, Advertising, Journalism
  • Design Programme with the following majors: Digital Design, Graphic Design, Spatial Design
  • International Business Administration Programme (offered starting from the academic year 2011/2012).


CAS-Nizwa spreads over an area of 171285 m2 and comprises 8 buildings. In the academic year 2012/2013, 364 new students have enrolled in the College resulting in a total population of 1579 students.  

CAS-Nizwa is one of the leading colleges in academic and student activities. The College has received many awards, certificates, and medals of honour. For example, the College was awarded the student creativity medal seven consecutive years from 2003 to 2010. The College also received many medals in local sporting events, and some students received awards in international activities and competitions.  


Dr. Mohammed bin Jumaa AlKharusi

Dean of the college