The system of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is a community of approximately 23,000 students and 2,000 staff based on 17 modern, technology-enhanced campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Madinat Zayed, Ras Al Khaimah, Ruwais and Sharjah, making it the largest higher education institution in the UAE.
Founded in 1988 by Federal Decree the HCT has developed rapidly where it has a well-respected reputation for innovative and hands-on, workplace relevant teaching and learning methodologies, which are based on practical, experiential learning.
HCT offers many different, work-relevant, English-taught programmes in Applied Communication, Business, Computer & Information Science, Engineering Technology & Science, Health Sciences and Education at various levels. All programmes are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure the students’ skills are job-relevant and to the highest standards.
Students learn in a technologically sophisticated, e-learning environment that encourages development of independent and life-long learning skills.
HCT graduates are eagerly sought by employers as they are capable of operating effectively in today’s global business environment. Over 60,000 academic credentials have been awarded to its graduates since 1991.
The HCT has established dynamic relationships with UAE companies and organisations and the world’s leading universities and organisations.
The Higher Colleges of Technology will be recognised as the best applied higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates, producing knowledgeable, innovative and skilled Emirati graduates that support the nation in pursuit of excellence.
The Higher Colleges of Technology is dedicated to the delivery of applied and vocationally focused programmes that achieve national and international standards at the Diploma, Bachelors and Masters levels. Delivered through excellent instruction based on ‘learning by doing’ and in a technology-rich environment, supported by applied research, our programmes are designed to meet the employment needs of the UAE and support Emirati students in becoming innovative and work-ready.
In 1985, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, made a commitment to establish a new system of post-secondary education for UAE Nationals that would stress the ideals of productivity, self-determination and excellence.
His Excellency envisioned a system of the highest quality that would be used to educate Nationals for the professional and technical careers necessary in a rapidly developing society.
In fulfillment of that vision, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) was established in 1988 by Federal Law No 2 issued by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace.
Four colleges commenced that year. Since then, thirteen additional colleges and the Center of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) have opened throughout the Emirates to form the system of the Higher Colleges of Technology.
The Higher Colleges of Technology constitute a federal independent academic corporate body for higher education established under Federal Law No. 2 of 1988 and later re-organized under Federal Law no. 17 of 1998. Under the authority of Federal Law no. 17, the HCT confers degrees at the Master’s, Bachelor and Applied Diploma levels.
The HCT operates as a system of 17 separate campuses for male and female students in urban and rural locations in five emirates. The headquarters are located in the city of Abu Dhabi.
The HCT is governed by a Governing Council which includes the Chancellor, H.E. Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi, who replaced H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development in April 2013, the Vice Chancellor Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi and other qualified and experienced members from various sectors in the UAE, appointed by the Cabinet on the recommendation of the Chancellor. The Chancellor is the legal representative of the HCT system. The Vice Chancellor is responsible for the management of the HCT and the implementation of its regulations and resolutions. Deputy Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, Administration, Campus Operations and Strategy, Communications and Partnerships have been respectively appointed to lead HCT’s academic and administrative departments.
Each of the core programme Divisions, is led by an Executive Dean, who ensures that, on an academic basis, all courses offered in the respective programmes are operating satisfactorily and provide students with optimal learning experiences. The Executive Deans work closely with the respective College Directors, who are responsible for the day-to-day operation of the colleges.