Al Ain Colleges welcome HCT Chancellor
His Excellency Mohammed Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), recently visited the Al Ain Colleges accompanied by Dr. Tayeb Kamali, HCT Vice Chancellor and a number of HCT’s executives.
Director of the HCT Al Ain Colleges, Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, welcomed His Excellency and guided him through his visit to the Colleges. The Chancellor started his visit by meeting students and was impressed by the academic excellence he witnessed and encouraged them to continue to strive to be the best they can be.
The Chancellor then met some student leaders at the newly established Leadership Centre which has been designed to provide full support to the Student Council and Alumni Association.
After that the Chancellor officially inaugurated the Charity Shop run by Al Ain Women’s College (AAWC) students. The students excitedly explained the objectives of the project to His Excellency. This initiative is a great example of the College’s Learning by Doing philosophy where the students plan and design the shop, collect products to sell and decide on how the revenue will be distributed between charities.
Then the Chancellor visited the education students at the Active Learning Hub - an innovative learning space which is equipped with the latest educational technologies to train students on up to date learning philosophies to make them able to plan and compentely deliver the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) curriculum.
Next on the route was the impressive new nursery in the education wing. This nursery allows the education students to practice their skills as well as providing a top notch education to the children of the AAC students and staff.
Then, the Chancellor met a group of IT programme students who have enrolled as 20 teams in HH Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Best M-Government Service Awards initiative for smart government. The students explained to the Chancellor how they are enjoying the challenge of developing the best smart applications for government organisations.
His Excellency was impressed with the high technical skills of the students IT programme students who also did a small demonstration on programming robots. The IT programme at the Al Ain Colleges has recently expanded to include different majors in the field of Business solutions, applications development, security and forensics, networking and multimedia technologies in addition to a new Bachelor of data archiving and document management sponsored by Tawteen.
After that, the Chancellor visited the Business Department, the only department in HCT, and all of the Middle East, to have a Student Forum of the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM). This is a professional, international, HR organisation consisting of over 500,000 members worldwide. The Business Department is also the only one in HCT, and all of the Middle East, to currently have an ACBSP Honor Society for its students with a GPA over 3.35.
The ACBSP, Accreditation Council for Business School Programs, is the accrediting body for all of HCT Business Programs.
As part of their studies the college introduces them to business operations locally and internationally. Last year business students visited businesses in Munich, Germany including BMW. This type of exposure reinforces what they have learned in the classroom by applying a practicality on how global businesses really operate.
The first cohort of Aeronautical Engineering Technology students were the next to meet the Chancellor. These pioneers are in another new programme at the College. Continuing in Engineering, His Excellency met a group of electronic engineering graduates who demonstrated their impressive graduation projects.
Next it was time for the Chancellor to move to the Men’s College to begin his tour of the Engineering facilities and meet with the electrical and mechanical engineering students.
The Chancellor was welcomed by a group of engineering graduates and alumni, who are currently working in top companies and organizations in the country. They too talked him through their impressive graduation projects. His Excellency was overwhelmed by their indepth knowledge and high technical skills especially those of the graduates who designed and built an off-road racing vehicle “Buggy” from scratch. The Chancellor congratulated the graduates for their outstanding contribution to the Al Ain Colleges throughout their studies.
The Chancellor’s visit also included a tour to the Library and Learning Resources Centres which provide student with excellent learning resources to help them study, get ready for exams and do research. They also provide them with spaces and meeting rooms to do class assignments. The Chancellor also heard about the Al Ain Colleges’ plans to replace the traditional books with ebooks as the colleges will soon launch the huge eBook library that will give the students and staff access to information anytime, anyplace.
During the visit, the Chancellor visited the Sport Centre. The AAMC Sports Centre has a state of the art Fitness Centre with 15 Cardio stations and 15 strength training stations. It also has a synthetic floored multipurpose Sports Hall with equipment for basketball, volleyball, badminton & indoor football. The billiard, table football and table tennis section form the recreation areas. These facilities and the floodlit outdoor football field, facilitate student participation in College extra curricula events which include inter-departmental tournaments, the HCT and Higher Education Sports Federation Leagues.
Dr. Tayeb Kamali, the HCT Vice Chancellor said that Al Ain Colleges, which was established in 1988, are considered a leading national educational organisation that provides the job market with highly educated and qualified young nationals. He is proud that the colleges are equipped with state of the art technologies in all departments.
Mrs. Hamsa Saleh Al Ammari, the Director of the Al Ain Colleges, expressed her pleasure at welcoming the Chancellor to the first of many visits to the Al Ain Colleges. She reiterated the strength of the education the colleges are providing and how this is evidenced by how many of the alumni and graduates hold top positions in public and private sectors.