Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administrative Affairs

Sheikha Khulood Ibrahim bin Ahmed Al Mualla

Sheikha Khulood Al Mualla is the Deputy Vice Chancellor of HCT’s administrative operations, which oversees the departments of Finance & Budget, Human Resources, IT Services, Facilities and Procurement & Contracts.

Sheikha Khulood has a Master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Reading in the UK, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Architecture from the UAE University and a Bachelor Degree in Arabic Literature from Beirut Arab University.

She was the first Arab poet to receive recognition as one of four (4) poets from around the world during the International Day for Poets of Peace, an event organized by Mohammed bin Rashid Award for World Peace 2016.

She was also the first Gulf poet to receive the Buland Al-Haidari Award for Young Arab Poets at the 30th Assilah International Cultural Festival in Morocco in 2008.

Sheikha Khulood has published four (4) books of poetry between 1997 and 2013.


The HCT Administrative Affairs division comprises the departments of Facilities; Finance & Budget; Human Resources; Information Technology Services; and Procurement & Contracts.

The Facilities Department is responsible for maintaining and enhancing existing facilities projects, as well as implementing and supervising new facilities, throughout the HCT system. In addition it also undertakes the preparation, maintenance and supervision of the following:

  • Institutional Master Plan development
  • Feasibility studies for all campus developments
  • Initiating energy conservation and sustainable design to enhance the HCT system’s efficiency
  • Technical support to campus facilities
  • Validating the system performance and preparing a replacement strategy
  • Supporting HCT events and career exhibitions
  • Auditing of and assisting with Health and Safety procedures and processes in all HCT campuses

The Finance and Budget Department provides a number of essential financial and accounting services to the HCT system including:

  • Financial reporting
  • Maintaining general ledger accounts
  • Processing payment of goods and services purchased by or on behalf of HCT
  • Receipting and recording of all revenues
  • Maintaining cash management and banking relationships
  • Controlling of all fixed assets

The Human Resources Department plays a strategic role in providing Human Resources (HR) services in accordance with the HCT strategic plan.

The Department is responsible for the following roles:

  • Manpower planning and budgeting
  • Talent acquisition
  • Emiratisation initiatives
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Performance Management
  • Research, development and interpretation of Human Resources policies and procedure
  • Training & Development
  • Government Relations
  • HR Management Systems

The Information Technology Services (ITS) Department at HCT’s Central Services is responsible for the sustainable provision of core IT infrastructure and Application services across all HCT campuses, in order to support academic research, teaching and learning and administrative services. ITS provides reliable and sustainable technology services to the HCT system in a timely and progressive approach, maintaining its commitment to integrating state-of-art technology and the latest trends in higher education. Information Technology Services is committed to meeting the needs of all students, faculty and staff by equipping and supporting them with quality resources in Information and Technology. Information Technology Services enables HCT to fully use technology in order to develop and enrich the skills and abilities of its students, as well as support its faculty and staff.

The key responsibilities of the ITS Department include:

  • IT operations and infrastructure support
  • IT Applications development and quality assurance
  • IT planning, coordination and Enterprise System support

The Procurement and Contracts Department assists with the acquisition of required goods and services in an orderly, timely and economical manner that assists other HCT departments and the colleges in achieving their mission of delivering high quality education to UAE Nationals.