HCT Vice Chancellor

Dr. Abdullatif M. Al Shamsi

Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsiDr. Abdullatif M. Al Shamsi received his Ph.D. from Duke University, USA in 1997 and received his Master and Bachelor degree from Boston University. Previously, Dr. Al Shamsi was the Managing Director of the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) for seven years, where he established Applied Technology High Schools, Fatima College for Health Sciences, and Abu Dhabi Polytechnic. Dr. Al Shamsi holds the rank of Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UAE University.

At UAE University, he was appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research. Later, he founded a University-wide Internship and Work Integrated Learning. Dr. Al Shamsi has more than thirty five research publications in world-class scientific journals and international conferences. His latest publications are a series of books published in Arabic titled: The Making of Education.

In March 2015 Dr. Al Shamsi was appointed Vice Chancellor of the System of Higher Colleges of Technology by virtue of a federal decree.

In addition to the four Deputy Vice Chancellors, the following departments report directly to the Vice Chancellor:

The Internal Audit Department’s mission is to provide independent and objective assurance and consulting activities which add value to, and improve, HCT’s operations.

The Department is mandated to assist HCT accomplish its goals and objectives by providing a systematic and disciplined method which evaluates and improves the effectiveness of risk management systems, internal controls and other monitoring or governance processes utilised in the HCT system.

The Department’s scope of work includes providing the following services:

  • Assurance Services such as Financial, Operational, Compliance and Information Technology Audits
  • Internal Audit Consulting Services at the specific request of HCT Senior Management (including the HCT Governing Council and HCT Audit and Risk Committee)

The Department of Organizational Excellence supports the mission and goals of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the areas of institutional research, institutional and academic accreditation and policy management, and by using advanced analytics and the monitoring of continuous quality improvement initiatives.

Core Functions

The Department comprises the three core units of Accreditation, Institutional Research and Assessment.


The Accreditation Unit provides critical support to all HCT academic divisions and administrative departments by ensuring the institutional functions are aligned to the standards of national and international programme accreditation bodies, such as CAA, ABET, CIPS, ACA, ACBSP and NQA . The unit reviews, audits and monitors the completion of self-study reports prepared by the academic divisions prior to the submission to CAA. It also provides institutional awareness on the standards and key requirements and assists academic and administrative units to ensure compliance to the standards.

Institutional Research

The Institutional Research Unit collects, analyzes and reports institutional data for internal and external stakeholders to support informed decision making based on resources, capacity, efficiency and effectiveness. The units utilizes its Institutional Research methodology based on the best practice in the field and provides ongoing support to academic divisions and administrative departments on existing/ historical data trends, innovative dashboards, data definitions and critical inputs for respective Key Performance Indicators. The unit carries out periodical exercises to generate official reports for external entities, such as the Center for Educational Data and Statistics (CHEDS), Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC), Statistics Abu Dhabi, the Prime Minister’s Office, State Audit Institute, QS Institutional Ranking and the Ministry of Finance. It publishes periodical reports such as the HCT Fact Book, the Institutional Effectiveness Report and manages data dashboards such as IEMS.


The Assessment Unit audits student learning and the consistency of academic standards across HCT. It also provides direct evidence of student learning to academic divisions as a basis for further improvement. The unit ensures the consistency in implementation of assessment policies and procedures across all HCT campuses. The unit carries out periodical audits of assessment processes and generates reports for the HCT academic leadership.  The unit also reports on the Faculty‐Wide Assessment (FWA) and Common Student Assessments.

The central Communication Department’s role is to promote a strong and effective internal and external organizational identity for the Higher Colleges of Technology, as well as to plan and implement coordinated communication, public relations and marketing strategies which are used internally and externally and which promote, disseminate and highlight the activities, events and milestones of HCT.

It is also designed to assist with the effective communication path between HCT’s various departments, divisions and offices and the HCT Campuses, as well as assisting the Campuses with various communication and marketing strategies.

The department’s core business areas include marketing, advertising, public & media relations, graphics and printing, web design and management, social media, event management and collateral management.

Vice Chancellor’s Office Location

The Vice Chancellor’s Office is located in the CERT Technology Park, on Sultan Bin Zayed the First Street (formerly Muroor Road), Abu Dhabi. It is adjacent to the Abu Dhabi Customs Academy in the CERT Technology Park and is also next to the Dusit Thani Hotel complex.