Graduate Companies

The knowledge economy is defined as a ecosystem in which the use of knowledge is the key enabler of higher productivity and growth in all industries. Economic success is based on effective use of non-material assets, such as knowledge, skills and potential for innovation, as key sources of competitive advantage.

To this end, HCT has built three fully equipped Innovation Spaces in three campuses, with the aim of implementing others across the HCT system.

This initiative is also in accordance with the Dubai 50-Year Charter, which stipulates that all universities are to become economic and creative free zones to support research and enable the graduation of companies created by students.

Consequently, HCT is well placed as an innovation driver to promote and develop an innovative,


entrepreneurial culture through incubation; funding startups; applied research and innovation in collaboration with industry; and government and its international universities network, aimed at solving economic and social challenges.

Key strategic interventions targeting ‘Graduating Companies’ are:

Global Applied Education Network aimed at establishing a global innovation alliance that leverages world class research and innovation institutes targeting national high growth economic sectors and supporting innovation and entrepreneurship activities at HCT.

Creation of Innovation and Learning spaces equipped with state of the art technology to enhance and promote digital literacies; applied research; business incubation; entrepreneurship and innovation training; community engagement and out-of-hours access to innovation centers facilities and services.

Creation of targeted approach to actively engage partners from the strategic sector with the aim to enhance the outcomes of industry collaboration and by developing value added activities in with the industry.

Sustain our focus on developing applied research with the aim of increasing building the applied research community and offering a range of funding schemes through a centrally coordinated function.

System-wide student innovation awards and competitions aimed at encouraging and recognizing student innovation.