Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, recently met with the newly elected presidents and vice presidents of the HCT Student Council Association to present the key objectives and expected roles of the councils.
The meeting was also an opportunity for the presidents and vice presidents to propose their programmes and activities, based on the respective colleges’ needs, to be implemented during the current academic year.
The meeting was held at the HCT-Sharjah Women’s College (SWC) and was attended by Dr Muhadditha Al Hashimi, Director of the HCT-Sharjah Colleges, and Dr Tarifa Al Zaabi, Director of DWC and Executive Dean of Student Services.
This year the HCT held elections for the first time following the mechanism used in the Federal National Council elections to give students legal information related to the elections experience.
Dr Al Shamsi explained that the HCT gives top priority to student councils, aiming to equip students with personal and leadership skills, as well as effective communication skills in order to enable them to make positive changes. He also emphasized the importance of the roles of the student councils’ presidents and vice presidents.
The Vice Chancellor the leadership group to give their comments and suggestions and to discuss any challenges they are facing as strategic partners in the HCT educational process. He directed them to ensure continuous communication and to present problems and proposals in a scientific and methodological manner so as to reflect their awareness and recognition of the HCT mission.
The student councils’ presidents and vice presidents affirmed that their roles are not limited to presenting student challenges to the HCT management, but they are expected to propose effective solutions. They praised the HCT student council elections as they were encouraged to participate as candidates and compete demonstrating their skills and capabilities.
The students also discussed with the VC several topics, including facilities, labs, standardized exams and student services. They praised the tangible changes and developments in many colleges, especially Ras Al Khaimah, Ruwais and Madinat Zayed colleges, as well as the construction of specialized facilities for the Engineering programmes equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, such as the soon to be completed RAK colleges’ facility and one in Ruwais which will start in the coming months.
The students also praised the HCT endeavours to promote the national identity and reinforce UAE values and practices.
The students provided a set of effective proposals, such as organizing an annual conference for all HCT students to showcase their distinguished achievements and projects, workshops, work papers and other functions that will highlight to the community HCT students’ capabilities and high potential.
The group affirmed that they will play an effective role in opening new internal communication channels to enhance awareness and responsibility among students to express their opinions and proposals which will be communicated to management. They also undertook to organize voluntary work activities and raise student awareness.