The HCT Fujairah Women’s College campus was the setting for this year’s annual joint HCT-Fujairah and Ras Al Kamiah conference – the Al Najah: Success in New Directions Conference on May 5.
The conference was attended by all staff from the HCT Colleges in both cities.
The aim of the conference was to highlight how educators can further support student successes and investigate how to alter expectations of the ways in which students learn, enabling them to move in new directions in their studies, careers and lives. It also gave teachers the opportunity to share excellent teaching practice, engage in staff development activities and to celebrate the achievement and experiences of some of HCT’s graduates and current students.
The conference was opened by Fujairah Director Dr. Dave Pelham and the plenary session was presented by the Fujairah Chair of the Bachelor Programs Krystyna Krol. One of the highlights of the conference was when three graduates from the college took to the stage and delighted the audience with their own experiences of studying with HCT. Hend Gharmi, Abeer Al Rawahi and Amna Bolushi are all now employees of HCT-Fujairah and they held the limelight by introducing other students to share their differing experiences.
The students demonstrated their confidence and aptitude in public speaking when explaining various activities and challenges that they have faced during their studies.
These included international trips to Jordan to work with Habitat for Humanity, a study tour to University of West England in Bristol, leadership challenges and personal achievements. The students were committed to thanking H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Crown Prince of Fujairah and many individual members of staff for their continued and valued support.
Following the plenary sessions, staff members were encouraged to take part in smaller developmental sessions on a wide variety of topics, from basic skills for career success to tours of HCT-Fujairah’s Garden Project. The sessions were well attended and enjoyed by all.
A RAK faculty member said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the day – great atmosphere, friendly staff and well-presented sessions. I especially enjoyed the student (past and present) sessions in the morning.” These views were echoed by a member of the support staff at HCT-Fujairah who commented: “The whole conference was great to be a part of”.
Overall, the conference demonstrated the bond between both colleges in the HCT system and the continued support of students studying the multitude of programs on offer at both campuses.