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:

  • HD-BAS in Applied Media Studies
  • BAS in Applied Communications (Animation)
  • BAS in Applied Communications (Applied Media)
  • BAS in Applied Communications (Corporate and Media Communication)
  • BAS in Applied Communications (Fashion Design and Merchandising)
  • BAS in Applied Communications (Graphic Design)
  • BAS in Applied Communications (video Production)
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’)

  • Business and Management (Accounting)
  • Business and Management (Financial Services)
  • Business and Management (General)
  • Business and Management (Human Resources)
  • Business and Management (Marketing)
  • Business and Management (Travel and Tourism)
  • eBusiness Management

Bachelor of Science

  • Business and Management (Accounting)
  • Business and Management (General)
  • eBusiness Management
  • Engineering Management
Computer Information Science The following Computer Information Science programmes have been accredited by the CAA:

  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Systems, Major in Business Solutions
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology, Majors in:
  • Applications Development
  • Security and Forensics
  • Interaction Multimedia
  • Networking
  • Instructional Technology and Training Management

Diploma Applied Computer and Information Science, Majors in:

  • Computer System Support and Administration
  • E-Office Support and Administration
Engineering Technology The following programmes are licensed by the General Civil Aviation Authority, UAE:

  • HD in Applied Aviation Maintenance Technology (Airframe and Aeroengines)
  • HD in Applied Aviation Maintenance Technology (Avionics)

The following programmes are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Bachelor of Applied Science in:

  • Chemical Engineering Technology
  • Civil Engineering Technology
  • Electrical Engineering Technology
  • Electronics Engineering Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Mechatronics Engineering Technology


Health Sciences The following Bachelor-level programme is accredited by Health Information Management Association of Australia (HIMAA), Australia up to July 2018:

  • BAS in Health Information Management