His Excellency Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi, the Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), has welcomed on board Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, the new HCT Vice Chancellor, during the first meeting held with HCT college directors, deans and supervisors of the 17 campuses.
During his welcome speech, HE Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi emphasized that from its inception HCT has successfully achieved many milestones, and has all the resources to be ranked number one among the higher educational institutions, both locally and internationally, which is HCT’s main strategic objective.
He further added that education is at the top of the list of priorities of the government’s plan, and which HCT will contribute to achieve. He also demonstrated the interest of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai in education and educational institutions, as well as his continuous support for this vital sector, to consolidate the government’s vision and interest in education, and promote human capital as an essential national asset.
HE Mohammad Al Shamsi also mentioned the leadership’s interest in improving education which was demonstrated by a speech delivered by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces during the latest Government Summit where he stressed that the UAE will continue to grow bigger, even after the end of oil production, thanks to its human capital and investment in education.
“I would like to welcome Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi as Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology and wish him success and good guidance regarding his new duties. I am also keen to confirm that the Higher Colleges of Technology has been characterized, since its inception, by successes and achievements at many levels,” he said in his welcoming speech.
“The solid basis on which the Higher Colleges of Technology was built gives us full confidence that we, as one work team, possess the ability to soar with this great educational institution to the highest levels; not only locally but internationally. No doubt, in order to achieve our goals we need to make necessary changes in the quality of our educational systems, tools and output. We also need to put proper implementation plans to achieve these goals. Consequently, these plans require us to proceed with carefully studied and confident steps using all of our capabilities and resources,” he added.
The Chancellor pointed out that all HCT employees should be determined, as one work team, to work seriously and faithfully in all positions regardless of any challenges in order to achieve HCT’s strategic goals. “We should also be determined to overcome any hurdles that might stand in the way of this important and serious mission that the esteemed leadership of our country adopts and supports. Such mission focuses on education and innovation as basic ingredients that are in accordance with the ambitious Government’s plan for the development and the prosperity of this country and its people,” he said.
His Excellency also confirmed that there are many goals to achieve, including the evaluation of the curriculum in order to respond to market needs, as well as the creation of a stimulating work environment to enhance creativity and innovation and meet the needs of HCT colleges.
HE Mohammed Al Shamsi pointed out that teamwork is the key to success and achieving the number one ranking will not be an easy affair. However, with dedicated human capital and potential and the support given by the UAE leaders, success will definitely take place and objectives will be achieved.
For his part, Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT’s new Vice Chancellor, said: “We shall work harder and together to achieve the vision of our government, the HCT Chancellor and the HCT Board of Trustees to reach number one among the educational institutions with the current human resources.”
“We are confident that, through the successes we have witnessed, we will be able to build our future plans and continue to work hard to strengthen the status of HCT while focusing on high-efficiency education outcomes,” he added.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi also emphasized that the priority in the next stage is to keep pace with the market needs and ensure that the HCT curricula serve the graduates as they enter the real world of work and start their careers. In this regard, HCT will constantly seek to strengthen its partnerships with different sectors.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi was appointed HCT Vice Chancellor on March 17 by a Federal Decree from the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. He received his PhD from Duke University, USA in 1997 and received his Master and Bachelor degrees from Boston University. Prior to this appointment he was the Managing Director of the Institute of Applied Technology from June 2007.
He holds the rank of Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at UAE University. His appointments at UAE University include the post of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research where he founded and directed the externally funded office for research and science (eFORS) to strengthen industrial/academic partnership. Later, he founded a University-wide Internship and Work Integrated Learning (iWIL) programme to bridge the gap between learning and work.
He participated in preparing the “GCC Educational Reform” document that was later adopted by the GCC Summit in Kuwait 2003.
Dr Al Shamsi has more than thirty-five publications in world class scientific journals and international conferences. His latest book published in Arabic is entitled ‘The Making of Education’.