Ever since the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) was founded in 1988, its core mission has been to shape the future by equipping our youth with the knowledge, skills and competencies that will enable them to meet the future needs of the UAE’s society, economy and industries. That mission is still in place today and centers around the capabilities of our most valuable asset; our people, who play a vital role in the success and realization of our nation’s ambitions.
Our responsibility is to ensure that we empower and enable them with world class skills to continue our journey towards increased productivity and next generation innovation. This journey will be fueled by their skills, energy, enthusiasm and commitment to realize the UAE’s vision of becoming one of the most competitive knowledge-based economies in the world.
Within that context, HCT is uniquely positioned to become one of the most important higher education institutions in the UAE. Its delivery of specialized courses focused on the needs of the job market, industry informed curricula and the provision of an environment which fosters talent through innovative learning models allows the HCT to develop graduates who are agile and equipped with the 21st century skills needed to succeed in the workplace.
The HCT is also directly aligned with the National Higher Education Strategy, which was launched to provide future generations with the necessary technical and practical skills to drive the economy, in both public and private sectors. Within the framework, HCT plays a fundamental role in preparing the next generation of Emirati professionals to sustain growth in vital sectors such as knowledge, economy, and entrepreneurship.
This will be further enhanced by delivering on the goals of HCT 2.0, which refocuses on graduate employability first and will allow the HCT to develop outstanding talent. Our success will stem from the clarity of the vision and values that we have put in place and our students will drive the future as innovative, productive, ambitious and highly talented citizens.
We look forward to the journey ahead with great hope and anticipation.
His Excellency Dr. Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi
Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Skills
Chairman, UAE Space Agency