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Happiness and Positivity are a National Vision and a Strategic Goal for the Higher Colleges of Techn
04-05-2020

Happiness and Positivity are a National Vision and a Strategic Goal for the Higher Colleges of Techn

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According to UN World Happiness
Report 2019, the UAE came first in the Arab World for the fifth consecutive
year and ranked 21st globally, advancing 7 ranks from last year.
These indicators affirm the continued endeavours of the UAE to secure the
happiness and well-being of its citizens and expatriates alike. Supporting the
country’s direction is the responsibility of both institutions and individuals,
as it is everyone’s duty to make significant contributions to boosting
happiness in order to maintain the UAE ranking in the Arab world and support
our annual advancement globally.

To this end, the Higher Colleges
of Technology established a Council for Happiness which includes
representatives of various HCT directorates and categories. This Council aims
to implement a variety of initiatives to secure the happiness of HCT staff and
students in their everyday life, in addition to making decisions that
contribute to creating a happy and positive work environment in the Higher
Colleges of Technology. At the level of daily happiness, the HCT launched
several activities and initiatives, such as “one hour of exercise” which
allocates for staff 3 hours weekly for exercise, “flexible working hours” and “Basmat Saada” to organize daily events, activities
and competitions for staff. Happiness events are also held every Thursday.

At the level of centralized
decisions and initiatives for staff and student happiness, the HCT implemented
the “Shorek” initiative aimed at organizing periodic meetings with students
across HCT campuses to discuss their needs and suggestions in order to motivate
them and enrich their learning experience. In addition, the HCT achieved
electronic transformation to accelerate performance and daily transactions for
students and staff. The novel “Coffee with Abdullatif” initiative also aims to
arrange amicable meetings between the HCT leadership and staff to receive their
feedback and identify their needs. Furthermore, the HCT was the first higher
education institution in the UAE to provide the FAZAA card to all its students
and staff. Plans are also underway to provide this card to HCT alumni.

We believe that happiness is one
of the key work values, which is reflected in all the HCT decisions,
developments, behaviour, and performance to create positive energy and a team
spirit, which will ultimately secure a productive, happy and positive
environment.