“It has been 30 years since the Higher Colleges of Technology started its operations as a federal higher education institution mandated by the UAE Government to prepare skilled Emiratis who are equipped with knowledge and determination to serve and develop their country. Today, we at AAW celebrate this achievement as one of the pioneer colleges that started its operations on September 10th, 1988.”
With those words and sentiments, from Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, Al Ain Colleges Executive Director, echoing in the halls of the HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW), a foundational campus of the Higher Colleges of Technology launched a memorable celebration.
To show their collective happiness and gratitude to those who helped build this great higher education establishment, the AAW students, staff and faculty, with the support of AAW management, embarked on celebrating this special occasion by a number of activities and events that reflected our 30 years of achievements.
So, on November 21, 2018, the Al Ain Women’s campus took all its community on a historical tour to remind everyone of how it all happened. Students and staff started the day, and the celebrations, by planting 30 trees, followed by a main opening ceremony in the auditorium where Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari addressed students, faculty, staff and recognized AAW community and industry partners on their continued support to HCT throughout the years.
Outside the auditorium, students were happy to participate in the Bazaar/souk that was organized by AAW students and alumni, with many of them gathering to view a small photo gallery of the old HCT and the original facilities, as well as staff, of AAW.
In addition to the photo gallery, an exhibit of old HCT newsletters, such as Al Rawi, books written and published by AAW students, and all previous AAW yearbooks, were on display giving visitors a glimpse of our past.
Other activities to commemorate the 30th anniversary of HCT were held at the Library and in the student area outside the main building, where a hope tree was visited by many students. A highlight was the commissioning of an artist to paint the portrait of the Late Sheikh Zayed on a permanent location at the college.
It was a wonderful day overall with the whole AAW community feeling proud of their achievements to date.
“We have all thanked those who built this great educational institution and those who continue its path towards a greater future,” Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari noted.