Under the chairmanship of Mr. Mohammed Sultan Al Qadi, Managing Director & CEO of RAK Properties, the HCT Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) Colleges recently held its end of year Program Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting.
Long standing member and HCT graduate, HE Sheikh Mohammed Bin Kayed Al Qassimi, was also in attendance. The Ras Al Khaimah Colleges PAC has been an important part of the link between HCT and the local community since the opening of the colleges in 1993.
Following the welcoming message from Mr. Al Qadi, RAK Colleges Director, Dr. Robert Moulton, gave his end of year report to the PAC.
“In all sincerity, I would like to thank the PAC members for their willingness to take time out of their busy schedules to be a part of this committee and for their constant support of HCT in Ras Al Khaimah,” Dr. Moulton said.
In his report, Dr. Moulton covered a number of items, including enrollment figures, new programs and buildings, the Foundations Program, Emiratization, and the college budget. As the RAK Colleges move to a new Bachelor’s credential, he noted the number of new programs that have been added this past year – Applied Media, Accounting, Human Resources, IT Security and Networking.
Next year, Ras Al Khaimah Men’s College will add Mechanical Engineering, and the plan is to open Electronics Engineering at both Men’s and Women’s campuses, with the opening of the new women’s campus.
The Program Advisory Committee is comprised of members from private industry and the government sector. The RAK Colleges are fortunate in that PAC member, Mr. Yousef Obaid Al Nuaimi, also serves on the Federal National Council, and Dr. Mohammed Bul Hamam, Vice President of RAK Municipality, is also a geography professor at UAE University.
In commenting on her role as a PAC member, Ms. Arefa Saleh Al Falahi, Vice President of the First Gulf Bank, said: “I am delighted to join this special group. As an HCT graduate and now a student in HCT’s MBA program, I am grateful for this opportunity and for all that I have gained from my studies.”
On the topic of graduate employment, Mr. Al Qadi said: “It is the task of every member of this committee, and the RAK Colleges working together, to improve the employment rate, particularly of women graduates. We must meet with the local government and private industry.”
The students and graduates of the RAK Colleges are fortunate to have such a prestigious and talented group of national men and women working with the colleges on their behalf. The Program Advisory Committee continues to be a vibrant and vital vehicle for communication between the RAK Colleges and the Ras Al Khaimah community at large.