At its recent virtual meeting the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Board of Trustees, presided over by H.E Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization and HCT Chancellor, the Board discussed the preparations for the forthcoming academic year, including the publication of e-credentials via the HCT’s Blockchain platform for all graduates and alumni, following confirmation of the historic publication of 155,000 graduation e-credentials.
The Board further discussed a range of HCT strategic and transformative achievements achieved as part of HCT’s distance learning program during the COVID-19 pandemic, namely achieving the complete transformation to distance online learning of lectures, assessments, extra-curricular activities and student life and services. This ensured HCT students were able to successfully complete the academic year, while also increasing student enrolment in HCT’s online summer semester.
The Board reviewed the gains from the distance learning experience, particularly those relating to completion of credit hours, online classes and activities within the Digi campus, as well as faculty professional development programs.
The Board also discussed the post COVID-19 scenarios faced by HCT in preparation for the forthcoming academic year, as well as the possibility of creating a “Hybrid” learning system, which combines on-campus learning and distance learning so as to increase the focus on innovation and entrepreneurship, while building on HCT’s solid digital infrastructure.
H.E. Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization and HCT Chancellor, stressed the need for continuing to implement the strategic plans for institutional digital transformation. He reiterated that during the post-COVID-19 period HCT will grow from its successes in the distance learning experience, by strengthening its focus on the pillars of HCT 4.0 strategic plan, being Technical Leaders, Education for All, and Graduating Companies.
The Minister further hailed the efforts of HCT faculty and staff in embracing distance learning and remote work, thereby contributing to the success of the program and the institution overcoming any challenges.
Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi, HCT President and CEO, said that during the previous two years HCT invested considerably in its digital infrastructure, which facilitated the smooth and effective shift to distance learning and remote work.
He added “HCT has succeeded in capitalizing on Blockchain technology and transforming credential-issuing process on the Blockchain platform. All HCT graduates from 1991 to the present can access their credentials including Letters of Completion, certificates and transcripts on the secured Blockchain platform, which will ensure the digital security of private educational credentials and transactions and reduce operational costs,” he said.
The Board expressed pride in HCT’s success in publishing graduation documents for HCT graduates and alumni on Blockchain, as this affirms that this digital transformation is in line with the Emirates Blockchain Strategy 2021, which calls for all government transactions on Blockchain, to ensure digital security and privacy, reduce paperwork and enhance sustainability.
The HCT’s Board of trustees meeting was attended by the Board members, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Vice Chairman of the Board, Dr. Mohammed Al Shehhi, Mr. Malek Al Malek, Dr. Aisha Bint Butti, Mr. Khaled Al Buraiki, Mr. Yasser Al Marzouqi, Mr. Tarek Al Hosani, Mr. Abdulaziz Al Jaziri, and Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi, President & CEO at the Higher Colleges of Technology.