The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) celebrated the many achievements of its students and staff during the 2019-2020 academic year when it hosted a virtual ceremony attended by over 1,100 students and staff.
The awards ceremony recognized exemplary achievements across a range of categories, including the highest number of students’ volunteering hours; the best contributions via HCT’s e-Volunteering platform; and the campuses which completed the most volunteer hours during the year. In addition, outstanding HCT staff were recognized with a Digi Campus award, for contributions to the success of student life and activities during HCT’s distance learning and remote work periods.
Dr. Abdullatif AlShamsi, HCT President & CEO, inaugurated the virtual ceremony to honor and recognize all outstanding efforts and achievements which enhanced student life and success during the transformational period, brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. AlShamsi was greatly pleased with the high attendance of the virtual ceremony, which reflected the importance of student interaction and success. He further expressed his pride in HCT’s achievements throughout the 2019-202 academic year, which was an exceptional year filled with many challenges and transformations, highlighted by HCT’s preemptive readiness that helped to overcome these challenges at the technological, academic and student levels.
He further praised the dedicated efforts of HCT faculty and staff under these exceptional circumstances, as their key roles in providing students with engaging activities and services boosted their success in completing their academic and non-academic requirements.
Mr. Ahmed AlMulla, HCT Director of Student Engagement & Success, said HCT ensured an exceptional student life experience during the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the digital transformation of all student services and activities in HCT’s Digi Campus platform. As a result, HCT offered a wide range of online classes, including e-sports, e-life skills, e-reading, e-volunteering, and academic and career e-counselling.
Mr. AlMulla noted that HCT students made 38,732 connections with 2,919 online activities, utilizing the Digi Campus platform to its fullest extent.
He praised the interaction and performance of students and the benefits gained from all the available digital services, as well as the role of employees in ensuring ongoing communication with students, overcoming challenges, and enhancing the success of digital student services.
During the ceremony, 16 students received recognition for the completion of the most volunteer hours during the current academic year. The top-performing students were:
- Fatima Al Ahmad (Ras Al Khaimah Women’s campus) – 586 volunteer hours
- Aysha Salem (Al Ain Women’s campus) – 509 volunteer hours
- Ahmed Abdulla Mohsen (Fujairah Men’s campus) – 407 volunteer hours
In addition, 31 students received recognition in the category of best student submissions on the online e-Volunteering platform.
The top three campuses which completed the most volunteer hours during the year were:
- Sharjah Women’s campus – 34,863 volunteer hours
- Abu Dhabi Women’s campus – 21343 volunteer hours
- Sharjah Men’s campus – 20,704 volunteer hours
In addition, the Fujairah Women’s campus received an award for its achieving the highest number of partnerships with community institutions, totally 67 strategic partners in volunteer work and community service.
The ceremony concluded with the presentation of the Digi Campus awards to distinguished employees who contributed to the success of online student activities and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.