The participants team of the Higher College of Technology, which obtained the second place in the competition of “Eco Friendly House,” was honoured yesterday in a ceremony held at the auditorium of the Higher College of Technology in Al Khuwair under the patronage of Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower. Dr Ahmed bin Mohsen al Ghassani, Dean of the college, in his speech said the competition supports the engineering education for sustainable engineering as its focuses on needs of the future generations through preserving the environment and benefiting from the renewable energy resources. He explained that the design submitted by students of the college combines the innovation and the Omani architecture through different student teams in the field of engineering and applied sciences as the participation of 34 male and female students from the college in this competition indicates the commitment of the college towards the engineering education for better life. the chief guest distributed certificates of appreciation to the winning team. In a statement, the Manpower Minister said that the attention accorded by the Sultanate’s government to the eco-friendly houses and projects encourages all to provide programmes that meet requirements of the health environment for the future generations. He explained that participation in this competition opened new horizons in the fields of sustainable engineering and eco-friendly designs. The ceremony was attended by Dr Mohammed bin Hafeedh al Dhahab, Adviser of Manpower Ministry, Dr Muna bint Salim al Jardaniya, Under-Secretary of the Manpower Ministry for Technical Education and Vocational Training officials.