United Arab Emirates, Dubai: 21st November 2018: His Excellency Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, attended the HCT 30th anniversary celebrations which were held across its 16 campuses under the theme “30 Years of Excellence”.
The events revolved around the role and legacy of the UAE’s late founding father His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, coinciding with the Year of Zayed.
On this occasion HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hamli praised the support of the wise UAE leadership, headed by HH Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE President, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, Ruler of Dubai, and their Highnesses the rulers of the emirates over a span of 30 years of excellence, which empowered HCT to fulfill its mission of producing high quality graduates.
His Excellency added that these celebrations coincide with Year of Zayed, the late leader who gave top priority to education due to his belief in human resources as the country’s key asset. As a result, HCT is proud to have provided the labour market with approximately 60,000 male and female graduates in various scientific and technological specializations. He noted that this year’s graduates will employ their acquired knowledge and skills in confronting the challenges of the labour market, optimizing their innovation skills to make positive change for a better future.
The HCT Heroes received recognition during the celebrations, namely Dr. Tayeb Kamali, one of the HCT founders. A highlight of the celebrations was a special rendition of the national anthem, performed by 70 HCT students with a solo performance by the Emirati singer Fatima Al Shamsi. The stirring rendition of the anthem was broadcasted in all campuses simultaneously.
During the celebrations the “Sons of Zayed” cohort of HCT male graduates from the 2017/2018 academic year were recognized for their academic endeavors.
The Dubai graduates of 606 students were recognized, making a total of 5,978 graduates for the 2017/2018 year who received recognition in their respective campuses.
The Dubai Colleges heroes also received recognition: HCT alumnus Mohammed Al Shamsi, the HCT alumnus and Robotics expert who was awarded a top medal, HCT alumnus Ahmed Saeed Al Bakheet, Head of youth centers and science clubs in the General Authority for Sports, who was the first HCT student council president. Faculty members who completed 28 years of service also received recognition: Dr. Bassem Al Lami, Head of Engineering in Dubai colleges, Mr. Samir JAnho, Civil Engineering program coordinator, and Mr. Abdul Manan Pati, Professor of Mechanical Engineering.
During the celebrations the “Sons of Zayed” cohort of HCT male graduates from the 2017/2018 academic year were recognized for their academic endeavors. The Dubai graduates of 606 students were recognized, making a total of 5,978 graduates for the 2017/2018 year who received recognition in their respective campuses.
The principal anniversary celebrations were held at the HCT-Dubai Men’s campus, which were honored with the attendance of Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, as well as a large number of HCT key officials, faculty, staff, students and alumni with their parents.
A highlight of the celebrations was a special rendition of the national anthem, performed by 70 HCT students with a solo performance by the Emirati singer Fatima Al Shamsi. The stirring rendition of the anthem was broadcasted in all campuses simultaneously.
In addition, a 30-year “time capsule” initiative was announced, as well as a falcon sculpture, designed by abstract artist Omar Safa, and the unveiling of inspiring Zayed wall pictures on the campus.
The “time capsule” included student letters about lessons learned from the founding father and the impact of Sheikh Zayed’s thoughts and his inspiring actions and sayings on their lives. The time capsule was placed in a special place in the Dubai campus to be opened on the HCT’s 50th anniversary in 2048.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, affirmed the HCT pride in its establishment by Zayed’s federal decree. “In every dream we fulfill we see Zayed’s vision and dreams, and we wish that he were with us to see Emiratis as he wished them to be,” Dr. Al Shamsi added.
He added that the success of HCT cannot be summed up in a few words, noting that it has become the largest applied higher education institution in the UAE that produced thousands of skilled and well-trained graduates and awarded over 80,000 academic qualifications in cooperation and partnership with local and international employers.
Dr. Al Shamsi spoke about the coming years and the HCT 2.0 strategy which was developed in awareness of international challenges resulting from the fourth Industrial Revolution, in line with national aspirations. The HCT strategy focuses on empowering students to acquire both academic and professional skills and qualifications.
He urged the proud “Sons of Zayed” graduates, who pledged their loyalty to their country and its leadership, to dedicate their diligent work to this country to meet the UAE leadership’s expectations.
Students were also encouraged to take “selfies” with their friends and teachers using the “selfie ball” so they would be converted into digital cards. Unmanned planes with high resolution cameras took pictures of the event to form the number 30 with the photos.