In a ground-breaking event the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) will collaborate with the Seoul National University of Science and Technology (SeoulTech), to offer programs to students based in the United Arab Emirates, and the exchange of faculty and students, under the terms of a new Memorandum of Understanding.
The MoU was signed recently by H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and Chancellor, Higher Colleges of Technology and Rho, Jun-Hyong President of SeoulTech.
Under the terms of the MoU the parties will work closely to promote the exchange of faculty for joint teaching and research opportunities, as well as undertaking collaborative research in areas of mutual interest.
The parties will also collaborate to facilitate the exchange of qualified students, enrolled in their respective degree programs, who will be admitted to either institution according to regulations for each exchange initiative. Further, the parties will work on establishing other joint programs, including dual degrees.
They will also investigate joint activities to foster economic collaboration between the UAE and South Korea.
The HCT and SeoulTech have many common goals and interests including both being committed to being responsible educational partners; working with students, communities, and governments to help advance social and cultural studies, and to enable students, both domestic and international, to realize their full potential.
HCT Vice Chancellor Dr Tayeb Kamali said the agreement was an important step in fostering science and technology exchange between the two countries.
“Part of the Higher Colleges of Technology’s mandate is to provide the highest quality education opportunities for national students throughout the United Arab Emirates, so that they can become valuable members of their communities,” Dr Kamali said.
“This partnership is an example of establishing active and dynamic international collaborations so that we may develop innovative programs and educational models in science, research and technology. We are pleased to be working closely with the Seoul National University of Science and Technology to help develop the next generation of future leaders for this nation and for South Korea,” Dr Kamali added.