The HCT launched the new 2018-19 academic year on August 28, 2018 across its 16 campuses, which saw it welcome about 5,000 new male and female students, in a hectic orientation day.
The students, who have enrolled to receive applied education in line with the HCT 2.0 strategy, were given full details of what to expect as new students with the UAE’s largest applied higher education institution. They were also treated to tours of the campus facilities, including classrooms, laboratories, libraries, sporting facilities and multi-purpose halls.
Around 165 new highly qualified faculty members joined HCT this year to enhance the professional job required skills of students.
In the new academic year HCT will strengthen the five-year (2017-2021) HCT 2.0 strategy in terms of enhancing student success and academic excellence, as well as supporting innovative learning in partnership with employers.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, toured the colleges to check their readiness to receive new students, congratulating students on the beginning of the academic year, where they will be given give clear direction on academic and student life, with a special focus on the features of hybrid education model. The model looks to award two qualifications, an academic degree from HCT and a professional certificate from an international awarding body, to students.
Dr. Al Shamsi added that the HCT, being a pioneer in applied education, will launch two Engineering buildings in the Fujairah and Ruwais colleges to accommodate the annual increase in student enrollment in the Engineering programs and meet student needs.
He further announced that, in view of the HCT keenness to make innovation an integral part of the educational process and student daily life, innovation spaces will be launched in Dubai Men’s, Sharjah Women’s and Ras Al Khaimah Women’s campuses. This quality leap corresponds with the “4th Industrial Revolution”, Artificial Intelligence and the rapid technological changes.
Engineer Abdalla Al Mheiri, HCT Chief of General Services Officer, stated that HCT continued to dedicate its efforts this summer to implement its renovation and expansion plans in a range of facilities to boost student success. To this end, during 2018, HCT has implemented a series of campus projects across the UAE valued at AED 32 million. This will be the third phase of the facilities development project, including classrooms and labs. He noted that the new Engineering buildings in the Fujairah and Ruwais colleges, will be equipped with classrooms, labs, specialized engineering workshops, and other facilities.
Engineer Al Mheiri added that the HCT implemented 21 occupational health and safety projects valued at AED 3,900,000 in order to secure a healthy and safe learning environment and to apply international best practices. These projects will help in areas of risk management, responsiveness to emergencies, fire prevention and protection systems, and fulfilling safety requirements in buildings.
The HCT also developed a plan for implementing “Green Buildings” sustainability criteria, with an allocated budget of AED 5 million for its first phase, which is in line with the UAE Vision 2021 that calls for a sustainable environment and an integrated infrastructure.
A feature of the HCT 2.0 strategy is that graduates will be the number one choice for employers once they are awarded two qualifications, an academic degree from HCT and a professional certificate from an international awarding body.