Students at the HCT-Fujairah Men’s College (FMC) went back in time as they enjoyed a field trip to the Mleiha Archeological Museum on October 6.
Three groups of Computer Information Science (CIS) students, enrolled in the Ecology course, participated in the trip, organized by the Fujairah Colleges’ General Studies Department.
The activity had a number of key aims, being to:
- Expose the students to a natural UAE ecosystem where they can observe the dynamics of biotic and abiotic interaction
- Create awareness among Emirati students on the importance and benefit of the ecosystem
- Orient students on the Government’s ecotourism programme and how it can contribute to economic growth, and
- Orient students on what and how technology is being used (computer programmes for tagging, GPS monitoring, computer programmes) to monitor biotic and abiotic components of the ecosystem
As part of the field trip the students toured selected areas of the museum site where important discoveries have been made. They were also given a series of mini lectures on the significance of the discoveries and the flora and fauna that can be seen in the area.
The trip was capped by a visit to the museum to see the different artifacts collected as evidence of the archaeological past of Mleiha.
The experience was part of HCT’s desire to provide the best learning experiences and activities for students in order to mold them, not just into competent professionals, but socially responsible individuals who are ready to contribute to the growth and progress of the community.