British Ambassador visits Ruwais Colleges with British Business Group
The Higher Colleges of Technology, Ruwais Colleges were honoured to receive a visit from the British Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, HE Dominic Jermey, along with 40 members of the British Business Group led by Chairman Richard Oliver.
They were on a two-day visit to Ruwais, exploring the fast growing engineering sector that has seen such a tremendous expansion over the last few years.
The visitors were greeted by Nial Farrell, Acting Director of the Colleges, and Khaled Al Qubaisi, Vice-President of the Ruwais Men’s College Student Council. After a welcome speech from Nial Farrell, which stressed the value the HCT places on the Triple Helix relationship between higher education industry and government, the visitors toured the colleges, escorted by the newly-appointed Ruwais Women’s College Student Council, who were undertaking their first official tasks.
The visitors saw the newly built engineering labs and classrooms, the Independent Learning Centre and the Learning Resource Centre. They stopped off on the way to experience a joint-teaching classroom, where the teacher and half the students were in Madinat Zayed City, 180 kilometres away, linked over some of the most sophisticated distance learning technology available in the world.
As well as talking to students around the colleges and watching an experiment in one of the labs, the Ambassador climbed into the driving seat of the first prize winning eco car built by male Engineering students to take part in the Shell Eco-marathon next year in the Philippines.
The visitors were able to hear student presentations on projects addressing the problem of too many children being killed and injured every year in car accidents, due to not using child seats and restraints. Students explored what could be done to change this.
Those visitors with engineering specialties – Andrew Vaughan, Country Chairman for Shell, and Nicholas Cochrane-Dyet MBE and Oliver Broad from BP – joined a forum with female Engineering students to discuss the environmental and ecological considerations in the fuel industries.
After awarding prizes to Business students, the Ambassador and the British Business Group left to meet executives from the Emirates Nuclear Energy Company, at the nuclear power station under construction near Ruwais.
“This was one of the most interesting visits we have made in Ruwais so far,” said one of the Executives. “It is wonderful to see the students so engaged in their studies and so actively participating in the development of their ideas.”