The future of higher education is rapidly evolving in keeping with changing work requirements. To this end, and in view of HCT’s status as the UAE’s largest tertiary education institution, the nation’s leaders have entrusted the future growth of the country to HCT. Our role has expanded beyond the employment and employability of our students, to facilitating growth beyond graduation.
As the 4th Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches, and previously stable jobs are replaced with a new range of jobs, working Emirati professionals will need to be re-skilled and up-skilled as Technical Leaders in existing and new employment sectors. This will ensure that Emiratis are at the forefront, in future-proof jobs, of all industries that are key to the growth and ongoing diversification of the country’s economy.
This will not happen unless institutions, such as HCT, change the emphasis of education programs from imparting knowledge, to developing skills and competencies; from teaching students, to empowering learners to be co-creators of their own lifelong development journeys; from a focus on public sector jobs to the private sector; from students relying solely on being employees to becoming entrepreneurs.
This is the challenge that the future presents, and HCT 4.0 is our defined response to that challenge so that No Emiratis are Left Behind, as we boldly enter this new world.