SJM Hosts 1st Annual Foundations Division Conference with ‘Innovation in Teaching and Learning’ Theme

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Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, inaugurated the Foundation Division’s Annual Conference, under the theme “Innovation in Teaching and Learning”, on April 5, 2017 at the HCT-Sharjah Men’s campus (SJM).

During conference, Dr. Abdullatif and Mr. Sultan Abdulla Al Suwaidi, SJM Director, signed an MoU between the Higher Colleges of Technology and the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi and other distinguished guests, the conference attracted over 300 delegates from tertiary institutions in the UAE, including HCT, UAEU and Zayed University.

To cater for all delegates, the conference offered more than 30 highly interactive breakout sessions. The keynote speaker, Professor Dr. Colin Beard, Professor of Experiential Learning Sheffield Business School, UK and presenters, challenged the delegates with fresh approaches and insights in teaching and learning. It also provided a forum for English and Mathematics faculty to share their expertise and develop networks between teachers and campuses across the UAE.


There were opportunities throughout the day for delegates to share innovative teaching and learning practices and demonstrate examples of new technologies that have revolutionized how students learn and the way teachers deliver their courses.

The delegates also perused the latest teaching materials and educational technologies at the conference exhibition.




Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi stated: “The Higher Colleges of Technology is renowned for its pursuit of excellence. This conference focused on current and future teaching and learning practices and offered varied professional development sessions for professional educators in the UAE. The one-day conference was stimulating and exciting for all of our participants.”

The Foundations Division was grateful to Cambridge University Press and EnglishCentral for their generous sponsorship of the conference.