Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

Higher Colleges of Technology

www.hct.ac.ae/
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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News Article | August 10, 2017
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ESM, a leading provider of spend management solutions, announced today that the Higher Colleges of Technology, one of the largest higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates, is deploying ESM’s full suite of procurement, sourcing and contract management tools. HCT serves 24,000 students across 17 campuses in the United Arab Emirates in locations that include Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The first phase of the deployment will go live this month, just three months after the contract was inked. “We are thrilled to continue to expand our reach across the globe as we begin to serve HCT,” ESM CEO Anthony Rotoli said. “We work hard to build a solution that can serve anybody - from a small private college in the United States to a large network of campuses overseas. We look forward to helping HCT save time and money.” With ESM, HCT will be able to automate its spend management processes with a flexible solution that is integrated with its ERP, Ellucian by Banner, thanks to the new Ellucian Ethos platform. Here’s what HCT gets as it implements ESM’s solutions: HCT will implement all of ESM’s spend management solutions as it moves away from paper-based processes and automates its procurement, sourcing and contract management activities. ESM’s solutions are flexible and can be configured to meet any customer’s needs. HCT officials, however, are looking to ESM to guide them toward best spend management practices as it forgoes dated processes. “ESM brings decades of experience in spend management, so HCT is looking to us and our expertise on how to do this,” Rotoli said. “They are going to rebuild their entire sourcing, procurement and contract management process with ESM’s solutions and our knowledge.” HCT will use ESM Purchase, ESM’s eProcurement solution, ESM Sourcing and ESM Contract Management. ESM Purchase directs buyers to an online shopping portal that allows users to guide spending exactly where they want it. With ESM Sourcing, users can automate bid, quote and solicitation activities, allowing for faster online bidding with chosen suppliers. ESM customers enjoy more bids in less time and greater savings. ESM Contract Management makes it easy for users to abandon paper-based processes and take advantage of an online portal that follows a contract throughout the lifecycle. Features include a contract repository, automated approval processes and much more. But, like with many of its deployments, ESM also is working hand-in-hand with HCT leaders to ensure they get the exact solution they need. With the deployment at HCT, ESM is releasing many new features including Ellucian Ethos Integration, international support, multi-vendor catalogs, blanket and standing orders, product item master lists and more to its already robust product set. HCT’s new online catalog will speed up ordering, which once took as long as two months to process a single order. “Item Master, for example, is an important piece for HCT,” Rotoli said. “There aren’t a lot of organizations that do it like this. But it allows our solutions to expand how customers buy to support other areas of process automation. ” ESM’s solutions can be integrated with any ERP. At HCT, that’s Banner by Ellucian. The new Ellucian Ethos, a user-friendly platform that offers institutions more options as they update enterprise systems, streamlined HCT’s integration. Ellucian Ethos allows for data sharing across partner systems, including ESM. “We are thrilled to build on our partnership with Ellucian on our work at HCT,” Rotoli said. “We look forward to other exciting projects with Ellucian Ethos.” ESM already is helping The Carter Center, the global nonprofit created by U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn Carter, shore up its spend management practices. The center supports work in more than 75 nations with the help of a staff of 175, who are based in more than a dozen countries. Like other ESM customers, The Carter Center enjoyed a swift roll out so it can focus on savings more quickly. The nonprofit went live with ESM’s sourcing and procurement applications within just five months after signing a contract. “Regardless of where they are located, all of our customers want the same thing: a rapid deployment, quick adoption and swift savings,” Rotoli said. “We’re happy to help them achieve it all.” About ESM ESM is a leading provider of cloud-based spend management and eProcurement solutions, giving customers complete control of their spend through a comprehensive suite of integrated, yet modular solutions. The company’s flexible sourcing, purchasing, invoicing and contract management applications help organizations save time and money. As a SaaS-based solution, ESM makes financial system integration, data visibility and streamlining of the entire procure-to-pay process fast and easy. On the web: esmsolutions.com.


News Article | September 19, 2017
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Executive Summary Governments, as well as businesses, are increasingly engaging in investments and partnerships to improve the future of vocational training. This should have a significant impact on the public as well as private vocational training providers in GCC. In GCC, vocational training is primarily pursued by students after the completion of school education, as well as by employees in corporate organizations who want to upskill themselves to compete with expatriates. The construction sector is one of the largest employers in GCC. The majority of employment in the sector is either low-paid or requires skills in architecture and engineering. In order to fill jobs that require specialization in these skills, expatriates are given more preference. There has been a tremendous technological improvement in the construction sector, across the globe, in terms of greater automation with technologies involving 3-D printing of buildings. There will be a rise in demand for high-paying jobs, which require more job-specific task proficiency, during the forecast period. The analysts forecast the vocational training market in GCC to grow at a CAGR of 13.32% during the period 2016-2020. Covered in this report The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the vocational training market in GCC. To calculate the market size, Technavio considers the revenue generated from delivering vocational training by public and private training institutions to individual customers. The report also considers the revenue generated by entering into business agreements with organizations to provide apprenticeship programs. The market is divided into the following segments based on regions: • Oman • Saudi Arabia • UAE The report, Vocational Training Market in GCC 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. Other prominent vendors • Applied Technology • Higher Colleges of Technology • Public Authority for Applied Education & Training • Kuwait Investment Authority • Luminus • TAFE SA International Key questions answered in this report • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be? • What are the key market trends? • What is driving this market? • What are the challenges to market growth? • Who are the key vendors in this market space? • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors? • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors? PART 05: Market drivers • Increased demand for blue-collared workforce • Growing popularity of online vocational training • Rising opportunities in healthcare sector • Upsurge in employment in construction sector • Extensive demand for skilled professionals in oil and gas sector PART 06: Impact of drivers PART 07: Market challenges • Poor targeting of vocational training programs • Credibility issues related to vocational training qualifications • Retention issues • Proliferating obstacles in PPPs in education sphere PART 08: Impact of drivers and challenges PART 09: Market trends • Growing changes in business environment • Introduction of initiatives to nationalize private sector • Diversification of economy • Significant advancements in education ..…..Continued For more information, please visit http://www.wiseguyreports.com


News Article | September 25, 2017
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SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that it plans to open an infrastructure region in the Middle East by early 2019. The new AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region will consist of three Availability Zones at launch. Currently, AWS provides 44 Availability Zones across 16 infrastructure regions worldwide, with another 14 Availability Zones, across five AWS Regions in China, France, Hong Kong, Sweden, and a second GovCloud Region in the U.S. expected to come online by the end of 2018. AWS today also announced it will launch an AWS Edge Network Location in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the first quarter of 2018. This will bring Amazon CloudFront, Amazon Route 53, AWS Shield, and AWS WAF to the region and adds to the 78 points of presence AWS has around the world. For more information on AWS’s global infrastructure, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/global-infrastructure/. “ As countries in the Middle East look to transform their economies for generations to come, technology will play a major role, and the cloud will be in the middle of that transformation,” said Andy Jassy, CEO, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “ Some of the most gratifying parts of operating AWS over the last 11 years have been helping thousands of new companies get started, empowering large enterprises to reinvent their customer experiences, and allowing governments and academic institutions to innovate for citizens again. We look forward to making this happen across the Middle East." This announcement has been welcomed by political leaders and royal families in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. Countries across the Middle East are looking to innovate, grow their economies, and pursue their vision plans, such as Saudi Vision 2030, UAE Vision 2021, and Bahrain Vision 2030, and cloud technology will be key in helping them achieve this. His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince of Bahrain, First Deputy Prime Minister, and Chairman of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, commented, “ Today’s announcement is a significant moment for Bahrain and the region. For the Kingdom, the expansion of regional cloud capacity builds upon a business environment that is already driving innovation and entrepreneurship, using technology to accelerate economic diversification in Bahrain. Through improved efficiencies, access to new career opportunities, and helping to enhance the delivery of government services, this marks further realization of the principles of sustainability, fairness, and competitiveness that form the core of Bahrain’s 2030 Vision.” H.E. Khalid Al Rumaihi, Chief Executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board, said of the news, “ AWS’s commitment to expanding its presence into the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, from Bahrain, is a major enabler for technology and data-driven business across the GCC. This will benefit global corporates, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and governments alike. The ability to store and share data at speeds the Gulf has never experienced before has the potential to help companies gain competitive advantage, allowing them to compete more effectively at a global level. Amazon Web Services is delivering the Middle East a world class service. With such a young, technologically adept, and growing population, the Gulf is well positioned to drive innovation in mobile applications and digital services. I am very eager to see how our region’s entrepreneurs will make use of this exciting opportunity.” AWS is growing its presence in the Middle East bringing offices, staff, education, training, startup support, and other investments to the region. In January 2017, AWS opened offices to serve its rapidly growing customer base with a presence in Dubai, UAE and Manama, Bahrain. These offices have been established with teams of account managers, solutions architects, partner managers, professional services consultants, support staff, and various other functions for customers to engage with AWS. Another investment AWS is making for its customers in the Middle East, and around the world, is to run its business in the most environmentally friendly way. An important criteria in launching the AWS Middle East (Bahrain) Region is the opportunity to power it with renewable energy. AWS chose Bahrain in part due to the country's focus on executing renewable energy goals and its proposal to construct a new solar power facility to meet AWS’s power needs. The Bahrain Electricity and Water Authority expects to bring the 100 MW solar farm online in 2019, making it the country’s first utility-scale renewable energy project. For more information on AWS’s commitment to sustainability, go to https://aws.amazon.com/about-aws/sustainability/. AWS also announced that it is supporting the advancement of technology education across the Middle East making AWS Training and Certification programs available to customers. In the education sector, AWS is supporting the development of technology and cloud computing skills at local universities through the AWS Educate program, providing students and educators with the resources needed to accelerate cloud-related learning. This program is now available for students attending institutions such as King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia, the Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, Bahrain Polytechnic, University of Bahrain, as well as Oman College of Management and Technology, the Jordan University of Science and Technology, and many others across the region. To support the growth of new business, AWS works with incubators and accelerators in the Middle East to provide resources to startups through the AWS Activate program. In Saudi Arabia, AWS works with the Badir Program for Technology Incubators and Accelerators at King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to provide startups with access to technology resources as well as expert advice, education, and training to help promote Saudi youth entrepreneurship and grow new businesses in the Kingdom. To help new businesses across the Middle East go global, AWS also works with a number of local and international accelerators and incubators active in the region such as AstroLabs in the UAE, Cloud 10 Scalerator in Bahrain, as well as 500 Startups, Startupbootcamp, and Techstars, providing training, AWS credits, in-person technical support, and other benefits. Organizations across the Middle East – in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, and other countries – are increasingly moving their mission-critical applications to AWS. Startups in the region choosing AWS as the foundation for their business include Alpha Apps, Anghami, Blu Loyalty, Cequens, DevFactory, Dubizzle, Fetchr, Genie9, Mawdoo3.com, Namshi, OneGCC, Opensooq.com, Payfort, Tajawal, and Ubuy, as well as Middle Eastern Unicorn Careem, the leading ride-hailing service in the MENA region. Careem runs all of its operations on AWS and over the past five years has grown 10 times its current size each year. “ It is great news that AWS is opening a Region in the Middle East,” said Magnus Olsson, chief experience officer and co-founder of Careem. “ We have been all-in on AWS since we launched in 2012 and using the scalability of the cloud has helped us to cope with rapid growth. After starting in Dubai, we now serve over 12 million commuters in 80 cities across the Middle East and North Africa, including Turkey and Pakistan – this would not have been possible without AWS. The new AWS infrastructure Region in the Middle East gives us the opportunity to experiment with new Internet of Things (IoT) technologies that, in the future, will give us the ability to run a fleet of self-driving Careem cars comfortably and safely taking passengers to their destinations.” Some of the Middle East’s most historic and established enterprises are moving mission critical applications to AWS. Enterprises such as Actel, Al Tayer Group, Batelco, flydubai, Hassan Allam, Silah Gulf, Union Insurance, and the United Arab Shipping Company are using AWS to drive cost savings, accelerate innovation, and speed time-to-market. One successful business that used AWS to grow is eCommerce provider SOUQ.com. “ AWS has been key to our success throughout our journey of exponential growth in the MENA region,” said Ronaldo Mouchawar, CEO and Co-Founder of SOUQ.com. “ Businesses in the region need robust technologies to both scale rapidly and provide world class service to their customers. With innovation being the main focus on the region’s national agenda, the advent of the world's largest provider of cloud computing in the region is great news for everyone. This will help support the growing demand for cloud technologies as well as accelerate business expansions and success, regionally and around the world.” Another enterprise using AWS is Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC), the largest private media company in the Middle East, delivering Arab language content to over 150 million people across the Middle East and North Africa. “ AWS has been critical in our digital transformation initiatives,” said Joe Igoe, MBC's Group Director of Technical Operations. “ Knowing we will have AWS infrastructure close to our viewers is invaluable for us. AWS has helped us speed up innovation and rapidly expand into a wider range of scalable and reliable digital services, such as our Video on Demand platform, Shahid.net. During the holy month of Ramadan, TV viewership spikes dramatically. This year, we successfully scaled our online platform to support a massive increase in traffic and delivered hundreds of thousands of concurrent video streams and dozens of petabytes of content to our viewers.” Government organizations are also working with AWS to lower costs and better serve citizens in the region, including the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration which has moved their Learning Management System to AWS, reducing costs by over 90 percent. Another government organization using AWS is the Kingdom of Bahrain Information & eGovernment Authority (iGA). The iGA is in charge of moving all government services online and is responsible for ICT governance and procurement for the Bahrain government. Earlier this year the iGA launched a cloud first policy, requiring all new government ICT procurement to evaluate cloud-based services first. Mohamed Al Qaed, Chief Executive of Kingdom of Bahrain iGA, said of the announcement, “ AWS forms the backbone of our digital government initiatives so the news that an AWS Region is coming to our country is warmly welcomed by us. Through adopting a cloud first policy, we have helped to reduce the government procurement process for new technology from months to less than two weeks. We are in the process of migrating 700 servers with more than 50 TB of data to AWS with the goal of decommissioning our hosting platform by the end of 2017. We have also started to migrate systems of national significance, such as our Bahrain Data Locator, and supporting other entity system migrations, like the Ministry of Education LMS that has 149,000 users, with more planned on the way. As we move more mission critical workloads to AWS, we look forward to even greater efficiencies and being able to complete our mission to become eGovernment & ICT Pioneers.” In addition to established enterprises, government organizations, and rapidly growing startups, AWS also has a vibrant AWS Partner Network (APN) across the Middle East, including APN Partners that have built cloud practices and innovative technology solutions on AWS. APN Consulting and Technology Partners in the Middle East are helping customers to migrate to the cloud include Al Moayyed Computers, Batelco, C5, du, DXC Technology, Falcon 9, Infonas, Integra Technologies, ITQAN Cloud, Human Technologies, Kaar Technologies, Navlink, Redington, Zain, and many others. For companies looking to join the APN or for the full list of members please visit: https://aws.amazon.com/partners/. For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid and enterprise applications, from 44 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world monthly – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com. Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.


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.


Grant
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.


Grant
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, www.icnonet-gcc.eu) 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 http://www.hct.ac.ae . 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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