With the passing of 2019, we are proud of all the educational achievements of this reputable institution. In addition, we have great confidence in the ability of our dedicated team to achieve continuous remarkable achievements with due diligence.
Development is a continuous process and the ambitions of our wise leadership are limitless. In 2019 “The 50-Year Leap” was a new direction towards a new stage in preparing UAE Nationals for future jobs to create a better tomorrow. As 2019 comes to an end, our leadership has announced 2020 to be the year of preparations for the next 50 years – “2020 – Towards the Next 50”. Hence, we will shape our new, future achievements based on our past successes.
During the first quarter of 2019, the UAE’s 50-year leap came to fruition in the guise of a new direction for the Higher Colleges of Technology, with the launching of the HCT 4.0 – Employability & Beyond strategic plan, based on the directives of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. HCT 4.0 is based on three foundational pillars. The first pillar, “Technical Leaders”, is aimed at preparing students to become leaders in their field of specialization through the “Hybrid Education” model, which equips students with a blend of professional skills, theoretical study and practical training. The “Hybrid Education Model” has enabled HCT to link its academic programs with international professional certificates through partnerships established with around 22 awarding bodies.
The second pillar, “Education for All – No Emirati Left Behind”, is an affirmation of HCT’s commitment to provide educational opportunities for all male and female Emiratis who wish to pursue their studies and develop their skills in accordance with labor market requirements. The third pillar, “Graduating Companies”, aims to support the preparation of UAE nationals for the future and help them to create their own employment opportunities in support of the national economy.
In 2019, HCT inaugurated the first economic and creative free zone in the Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah campuses, called “InncuVation Spaces”, and allocated a fund of AED 100 million in support of entrepreneurship, based on the directives of the UAE’s wise leadership. In addition, due to the provision of diverse study tracks, our student admission rate improved from 57% to 77%. Moreover, all students were re-oriented for work placement in the private sector and 93% of employers are satisfied with our graduates’ work readiness.
It is rewarding to see that all 71 of our academic programs obtained national accreditation by the CAA. Through linking HCT academic programs with international professional certificates through partnerships established with around 22 awarding bodies, 3,720 of our students have received international professional certificates. Over one-and-a-half million hours of voluntary work were provided by 19,421 of our students, supporting 322 organizations across the UAE.
Other highlights for the year included, doubling the number of faculty with terminal degrees to 59%, while maintaining a good balance with industry experience. Over 20 million dirhams was allocated for faculty applied research grants. The HCT won the Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change and we introduced the first digital teacher certification in the region. Furthermore, we were the first higher education institution in the region to win the ROSPA golden award.
In support of Emiratization, the HCT recruited 103 experienced UAE nationals in 2019, and the percentage of Emiratization of administrative staff improved to over 61% during the past three years. Additionally, about 132 Emirati professors were recruited through the HADEF program.
We are happy with all our achievements to date, and affirm that building human capital is a never-ending and immeasurable process, and we will continue to lead and pioneer in this regard.
Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi
President & CEO