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Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

The Higher Colleges of Technology was established in 1988 as one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the United Arab Emirates . During the 2012–2013 academic year, there were 11,232 female and 6,855 male students enrolled at 17 campuses throughout the country. More than 55,000 UAE nationals are graduates of the institution.The HCT provides post-secondary education in Business, Education, Engineering Technology, Computer & Information Science, Applied Communications and Health science. English is used as the medium of instruction, with faculty recruited from around the world.The HCT has formal alliances with a number of international tertiary education and training institutions, and corporate partnerships with local and multinational companies. Some programs have international accreditation: for example, the HCT's Bachelor of Education degree was developed with, and is certified by the University of Melbourne.The CERT is the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology, developing and providing education, training and applied technology for public and private sector clients. The Wharton Center for Family Business and Entrepreneurship Research for the Middle East is based at CERT. The University of Waterloo, Canada, offers dual degrees in collaboration with HCT through CERT.The Chancellor of the HCT is Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi. The Vice Chancellor, appointed in June 2005, is Dr Tayeb A. Kamali.There are 17 campuses throughout the country, with separate colleges for male and female students. The central administration of the HCT is located in Abu Dhabi and includes the Vice Chancellor's Office, Academic Central Services, Institutional Planning and Development, Human Resource division, and Central Finance and IT services. Wikipedia.

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Elchalakani M.,Higher Colleges of Technology | Fernando D.,ETH Zurich
Thin-Walled Structures | Year: 2012

This paper presents experiments and theoretical analysis of 16 steel I-section beams strengthened using externally bonded CFRP under quasi-static large deformation 3-point bending. The main parameters examined in this paper were the section and member slenderness and the location of the CFRP plates. The member slenderness examined in this paper was in the range of L e/r y=40-92. The section slenderness examined in this paper was in the range of b/t f=6.25-16.67. The CFRP plates were added either to the tension flange or both compression and tension flanges or even to the whole section including the web. An expression for the yield and plastic moments of the composite section were obtained by means of an equivalent thickness approach for the web and flange. The newly obtained strength results were compared against the present design rules in steel specifications. The CFRP increased the strength by up to 32% for compression and tension flange strengthening whereas the strength increased only by 15% for tension flange strengthening. The per cent increase in strength for short specimens was mostly affected by the section slenderness where the maximum gain was obtained for the semi-compact section. Plastic mechanism analysis was performed to predict the collapse curves. Good agreement was found between the theoretical and experimental post buckling loaddeflection curves. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

This paper provides strength and durability test results for rubberized concrete that contains silica fume (microsilica) for road side barriers with the intent to reduce injuries and fatalities during crashes. The test program involved the preparation of normal and high strength concretes made out of recycled waste tire rubber. The high strength was obtained by adding silica fume which enhanced the interfacial transition zone bonding. Tire rubber particles composed of a combination of crumb rubber and fine rubber powder were used to replace 10%, 20%, 30%, and 40%, of the total weight of the fine mineral aggregate. The fresh rubberized concrete exhibited lower unit weight and acceptable workability compared to plain concrete. The results of the uniaxial compressive and flexural tests conducted on hardened concrete specimens indicated considerable reductions in axial strength, flexural strength, and tangential modulus of elasticity. Cube Drop tests were performed and showed good resilience of the rubberized concrete. New design guidelines in accordance with the Australian Bridge Design Code AS 5100 for strength and serviceability of rubberized concrete road side barriers were derived based on the test results. New moment-thrust interaction curves and shear strength equations were derived for the rubberized concrete road side barriers. The newly derived design rules showed that shear strength is critical compared to the combined moment and axial thrust and the maximum rubber contents were 17% and 30% for normal and high strength concretes, respectively. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

Narayanaswami S.,Higher Colleges of Technology | Rangaraj N.,Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
Computers and Industrial Engineering | Year: 2013

Resolving disruptions, by dispatching and rescheduling conflicting trains is an NP-complete problem. Earlier literature classify railway operations as: (i) tactical scheduling, (ii) operational scheduling, and (iii) rescheduling. We distinguish the three based on operational criticality. Existing optimisation models do not distinguish precisely between scheduling and rescheduling based on constraints modelling; the only difference is in their objective function. Our model is the first of its kind to incorporate disruptions in an MILP model and to include conflicts-resolving constraints in the model itself. The major advantage of such a formulation is that only those trains which are disrupted are rescheduled and other nonconflicting trains retain their original schedules. Our model reschedules disrupted train movements on both directions of a single track layout with an objective to minimise total delay of all trains at their destinations. Using a small sized data it is proved that all possible conflicts out of a disruption are resolved. Apart from achieving optimal resolutions, we infer through experimental verification that a non-standard dispatch ordering is a requisite for global optimality, as cogitated by other authors. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Two case studies of students from California School for the Blind studying artworks in museums and on the Web are discussed. The analysis focuses on the traditional understanding that unreachable artworks in the museum are deciphered by non-intellectual elites primarily from the perspective of visual perception and museums are simple vessels of art, as contended by Ernst Gombrich and Pierre Bourdieu, and that exclusion is either passive or active. It is also argued that there is a bridge between sensing an object and understanding it that is beyond perceptions. The article concludes that the two students featured in the case studies were more likely to be passively rather than actively excluded from unreachable and two-dimensional artworks, and that they could still develop a symbolic intellectual and emotional connection with these artworks and the museum through verbal descriptions and being in their presence. © The Author(s) 2013.

Elchalakani M.,Higher Colleges of Technology
Thin-Walled Structures | Year: 2014

To rehabilitate damaged or sub-standard box girders, techniques utilising the lightweight, high strength and corrosion resistance of carbon fibres reinforced polymers (CFRP) composites have been proposed. This paper presents experimental results for two series of CFRP strengthened and rehabilitated model box girders under quasi-static large deformation 3-point bending. The first series represents strengthening 12 un-degraded rectangular hollow section (RHS) beams from the manufacturer using externally wrapped CFRP sheets. The second series was for rehabilitation of 41 artificially degraded RHS beams strengthened using externally wrapped sheets or bonded plates. The main parameters examined in this paper were the section type, section and member slenderness and the type and number of the CFRP sheets. The flange and web slenderness examined in this paper was in the range of b/t=20 to 66.67 and d/tw=20 to 75. The CFRP sheets were wrapped around the section in the transverse direction with a sufficient overlap. The results show that the combined flexural and bearing strength of the steel box girder can be significantly increased by adhesively bonding CFRP. Expressions for the bearing strength and plastic moment of the composite section were obtained by means of an equivalent thickness approach. The newly derived interaction equations were compared against the present design rules in steel specifications. The average gain in strength due to bonding the CFRP laminate was 65% and 19.9% for the strengthening and rehabilitations series, respectively. The percent increase in strength was mostly affected by the section slenderness where the maximum gain was obtained for the slender section. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

Dadach Z.E.,Higher Colleges of Technology
International Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2013

The main objective of this paper is to quantify the effects of an active learning strategy on the motivation of students in a process control course. In the first part of the investigation, the relative performance of students was used as a tool to gauge the effects of the active learning strategy on the motivation of students. The results indicate that the active learning strategy enhanced the performance of 38 (69%) students. For the second part of this quantitative method, the Dadach Motivation Factor 'DMF' was introduced in order to measure the effects of the active learning strategy on the motivation of students. Based on the requirement of the analysis (DMF≥ 1), the final results suggest that the active learning strategy has enhanced the motivation and increased the performance of twenty-two (40%) students. On the other hand, motivation did not have a significant role for the other sixteen (29%) students whose performance in the process control course (FGP) was higher than their average performance in the department (CGPA). The results of the quantitative approach were compared with the student survey. © 2013 TEMPUS Publications.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO-2009-1.1 | Award Amount: 2.62M | Year: 2010

INCONET-GCC aims to develop and support the bi-regional dialogue by bringing together policymakers and stakeholders of the GCC and EU Member States. It aims to create a dialogue and action platform to identify common interests in research areas, set up S&T priorities, support capacity building activities, and enhance the interaction between different cooperation instruments of the EC and EU Member States. It will promote actions in order to monitor, develop, promote and contribute to the creation of synergies among the various S&T cooperation programmes between the GCC and the EU Member States, and foster the participation of the GCC in the FP7, CIP, etc. An observatory of EU-GCC cooperation in S&T will be created in the project framework. The main outputs of INCONET-GCC will be INCONET-GCC open networking platform for policy dialogue and the future S&T, Contribution of INCONET-GCC to the EU Strategic Framework for International Cooperation is S&T, Collaborative plan in S&T policy advisory contributing to the decisions of the GCC-EU Joint Council, INCONET-GCC White Paper, Integration of GCC NCPs with EU NCP network, INCONET-GCC roadmap and sustainability report, Organisation of International Conference and dissemination events. INCONET-GCC will be achieved through a high quality, recognized value and expertise consortium. Consortium roles and expertise are complementary and allows for a balanced effort allocation across its the different objectives. Partners coming from distinguished institutions in EU and GCC region and includes representatives of all countries of the Arabian Peninsula, which politically includes the 6 GCC states and Yemen, which repeatedly seeks to join the GCC six-country block. The Ministry of Education (Egypt) and the Ministry of Higher Education (Morocco) are MIRA partners that will act as the liaison with MIRA project and their cultural background is close to those of GCC region. The consortium is flexible and easily manageable.

Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA-CA | Phase: INCO.2013-1.1 | Award Amount: 2.35M | Year: 2014

INCONET-GCC2s overall goal is to support the institutional bi-regional policy dialogue in Science, Technology and Innovation, to strengthen the bi-regional cooperation between research and innovation actors, especially in the context of the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme and finally to monitor progress in the bi-regional STI cooperation. INCONET-GCC2 builds on the results of previous cooperation activities with the Arab Gulf Countries (INCONET-GCC 1st phase, while it focuses on selected societal challenges of mutual interest as identified during the previous collaboration. INCONET-GCC2 explores now to achieve win-win across national, multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral approaches can be spurred in response to these issues while also realising and underpinning new pathbreaking kinds of capacity-building and organising clustering activities around the selected research priorities. Specifically: (1) Implement a series of analyses feeding the policy dialogue and increasing its efficiency, monitoring INCONET-GCC2s own activities, with particular emphasis on their sustainability, and implementing coherent dissemination activities in order to increase its visibility and impact; (2) Built of best practices towards the future in order to promote joint research though clustering activities within the selected societal challenges and organise thematic workshops in Health, Energy, Innovation and Security and ICT, Food towards EU-GCC Joint Call for proposals; (3) Enhance capacity building through the delivery of the facilitation of researcher mobility, summer schools, the support of the NCPs and their expansion in order to cover the selected societal challenges and the organisation of information days and brokerage events in all Arab Gulf countries; (4) Roadmap future research activities and provide recommendations to the EC and the national regulatory and funding authorities; (5)Raise awareness and disseminate information.

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), a leading higher education institution in the region, has received accreditation from the prestigious US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) for its Engineering Technology & Science programs. The HCT's Engineering Technology Bachelor programs in the majors of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering have been accredited, in conjunction with the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC). Engineering is one of the HCT's most popular programs with 6,138 male and female students, or about 26% of HCT's total student population, enrolled in the various majors this year. Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, said the national and international accreditation of its academic programs is a vital component of the strategic goals under its five-year, transformative HCT 2.0 initiative. The ABET accreditation reflected HCT's strategic directions and aspirations in innovative teaching and learning, as well as being aligned to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. "With the ABET accreditation, HCT students, employers, and the society we serve can all be confident that our Engineering programs meet the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce. We are very proud of this key academic achievement, which will build on the history of excellence at the Higher Colleges of Technology," Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi said. Dr Al Shamsi added that this international accreditation will reflect positively on the students by enhancing their confidence in their programmes of choice. "It will also benefit HCT alumni seeking employment in various UAE institutions, by increasing employment opportunities and boosting HCT's graduate employability percentage of 100 per cent by 2021," he said. He expressed his appreciation for the HCT's faculty and staff's keenness to implement these programmes in accordance with the international standards. Dr Gilbert Linne, HCT Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said: "Congratulations and please accept my appreciation to all of you who have worked so hard to make this ABET accreditation occur and also to those of you who continue to work hard to improve HCT's Engineering programs. You should be proud of this important accomplishment." Founded in 1988 with four colleges, the HCT has grown to be the UAE's largest higher educational institutions, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative learning. Over 23,000 students attend 17 modern, technology-oriented men's and women's campuses throughout the UAE. HCT offers a wide range of English-taught programs in the fields of Applied Communications, Business, Computer Information Science, Education & General Studies, Engineering Technology & Science, Foundations, Health Sciences and Arabic & Emirati Studies. These programs are all relevant to the UAE's fast growing economy and are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure that HCT students' skills are job-relevant and to the highest standards. The programs are constantly monitored to ensure they are at the cutting edge of industry standards and technological change. Visit . For more information or to arrange interviews contact:

ABU DHABI, UAE, December 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), a leading higher education institution in the region, has received accreditation from the prestigious US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET) for its Engineering...

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