HCT Engineering Students Reach for the Skies with Innovative Projects at 2015 Dubai Airshow
Visitors to the 2015 Dubai Airshow were given the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the industry-related student projects when they visited the Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) stand, located at the Dubai World Central, from November 8-12, 2015.
It was the 6th consecutive Airshow, held biennially, that HCT has participated in. As a result HCT benefits from international experiences in the field of Aviation and also from the opportunities provided for building future partnerships to enhance HCT Aviation Engineering programmes.
The projects are tangible examples of what the HCT students are capable of creating as part of their course work. The displays were part of the students’ final-year projects, which are incorporated into their assessments for the relevant aviation courses. They are further aspects of the project-based learning model employed widely at HCT.
The stand was manned by HCT engineering students studying aircraft engineering and technology, as well as their faculty mentors, who were available to discuss student projects and course offerings relevant to the aviation industry.
His Excellency Mohammad Omran Al Shamsi, Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, and Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, visited the HCT stand and viewed the remarkable HCT student projects, particularly the unmanned aerial vehicles for various civil purposes.
Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi said the success of educational institutions is directly linked with their association with institutions in the local community and worldwide.
“HCT is keen to participate in international fairs and events to reinforce its key role and align its academic programmes with the latest developments in the world market, keeping abreast of the requirements of industry and technology,” he said.
The Vice Chancellor said that HCT students participated in the Airshow to seek new local and international training opportunities and to be introduced to the latest developments in the Aviation world. “HCT aims to showcase its students’ achievements and capabilities and also to attract new students to these specializations,” he said.
“Students in this specialization have demonstrated their innovative skills and ideas in designing, manufacturing, operating and maintaining their UAVs. They utilized modern materials to ensure speed, endurance and fast assembly, as well as other key features to produce creative designs for performing various civil services,” the Vice Chancellor added.
Dr Al Shamsi attributed the students’ achievements and success to the HCT’s focus on applied technological education and the recruitment of faculty who have extensive experience in the appropriate industries.
He added that HCT has entered into local and international partnerships with aviation-based corporations and that HCT will continue to introduce new programmes to meet future national needs.
The Vice Chancellor said that HCT intends to sign a cooperation agreement with UAE Space Agency in the near future, which will pave the way for providing space programmes and training opportunities. “This agreement affirms HCT commitment to providing distinguished graduates to operate in modern contemporary fields, including space,” Dr Al Shamsi said.
He added that HCT provides Aviation Engineering at the Abu Dhabi Men’s College, Dubai Men’s College and Al Ain Women’s College. Currently, there are 337 students – 140 female and 197 male students.