The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has an ongoing commitment to achieving international standards in programmes delivered and the levels of graduate skills. To ensure such standards are met, the HCT has formed alliances with leading universities, educational associations and professional accreditation boards around the world to ensure its programmes are at the cutting edge of technology and industry standards.
Higher education accreditation is the formal recognition by a recognised accrediting body that a university, college or school meets accepted standards in its educational programmes, curriculum, faculty, services and facilities.
Institutional accreditation applies to an entire institution, while programme accreditation applies to a particular programme of study.
The Higher Colleges of Technology, located in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah, is officially licensed from 1 May 2014 to 30 April 2019 by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the United Arab Emirates to award degrees/qualifications in higher education.
A number of HCT programmes of study are accredited by organisations recognised by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) USA, and a further number are accredited by nationally-recognised organisations from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Accredited programmes of study are listed in the table below.
|Programme of Study||Accreditation – Programme of Study|
|Applied Communications||The following programmes are accredited by the American Communication
Association (ACA), USA up to December 2016:
|Business||The following Business programmes are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP, USA) up to 2018:
Higher Diploma (accredited at the level of ‘Associate Degree’)
Bachelor of Science
|Computer Information Science||The following Computer Information Science programmes have been accredited by the CAA:
Diploma Applied Computer and Information Science, Majors in:
|Engineering Technology||The following programmes are licensed by the General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE:
The following programmes are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, http:www.abet.org:.
Bachelor of Applied Science in:
|Health Sciences||The following Bachelor-level programme is accredited by Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), Australia up to July 2018: