And the winner for “Best Common Portal” goes to…

And the winner for “Best Common Portal” goes to…
in the competition venue with dignitaries and participants - photo courtesy of ACT

in the competition venue with dignitaries and participants – photo courtesy of ACT

Yesterday was the final individual entry presentation for “Best Common Portal” contest. Our college representatives, including my team members and our supervisors, went to Higher College of Technology in Al Khwair, Muscat. The formal program started at 12:00 o’clock in the afternoon. The air-conditioned theater was filled with dignitaries from the Ministry of Manpower including the Undersecretary for Technical Education and Vocational Training, panel of judges, representatives from the colleges of technology, and the team competitors.

Among the seven colleges of technology, only three have participated. The first to present was our team, Al Musanna College of Technology, followed by Nizwa College of Technology and Ibra College of Technology, respectively. Each entry was given 20 minutes for the presentation and 10 minutes for panel questioning. Since we are the first group, the mixed emotion of excitement and tension was upon us. Everyone was so quiet when my team leader, Gabby, begun his talk and demonstration. But gladly everything went well until he was done with the Q&A from the judges. And to feed more our anticipation and happiness, we grabbed the FIRST PLACE. Hurray for ACT!

snapshot of our entry (photo courtesy of ACT)

snapshot of our entry (photo courtesy of ACT)

That beautiful competition turned out that way because, for one,  Gabby was pretty well-rounded with the entry (software system) and appeared very confident and credible. Added to that, it was clearly shown the amount of effort we have bestowed to the output and making each other accountable to the level of its success. According to Gab’s thread of messages in facebook”the portal design contest based [was] on in-depth content and use of latest communication technologies. Our entry was the only one with a working bilingual site thanks to Omar. Our site was laden with meaninful content thanks to Riah. And we had a highly aesthetic and responsive desu[i]gn thanks to Nestor. By the way, it is also worth noting to thanks Ric and Mohammed for putting up the site upon request! This was a plus factor as the other entries were either offline or hosted offshore. Thanks to our boss Kumar and Zainab for pushing us to our limits.”

our team with the college dean (photocourtesy of ACT)

our team with the college dean (photocourtesy of ACT)

By the way, to give you a background of this contest, I will share to you some excerpts from our college website (which is also written by yours truly), ” The contest begun in January 2012 with the primary objective of providing a shared communication medium among the Colleges of Technology, the Directorate General of Technological Education, and the DGTE offices. The portal will be a venue to gather feedback from a large number of stakeholders on the review and development of policies and systems used by the colleges, create awareness among staff and students, discuss important issues and matters related to academic setting, share best practices and experiences on quality technological education, and shorten time, bridge geographical distance, and save efforts and other resources. The seven colleges of technology from across Oman were encouraged to develop and design their own portal entry.”

our award for winning 1st place in the competition

our award for winning 1st place in the competition

Our team was composed of Mr. Gabriel Rosanno P. Aquino, Mr. Nestor N. Guerrero, Jr., Mr. Omar Al-Maamari, and Ms. Riah E. Encarnacion. We are also suppervised by Mr. Surendra Kumar Varshney, the Head of Educational Technology Center, and Ms. Zainab Al- Mawali, the Head of Educational Services Section.

The award was indeed another glory and pride for us and for the whole ACT as well. I congratulate my team members, our supporters, as well as myself  for a really job well done!

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