HCT Management Plans for Future Strategy Development At Intensive 2-Day Brainstorming Session
The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) held a 2-day intensive strategic visioning and leadership brainstorming session to formulate its Strategy Development for the 2022-2026 cycle, in preparation for the next 50 years of growth and development.
The session was attended by HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratization and Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, and members of the HCT’s administrative and academic leadership group.
Entitled “Re-visualizing the Higher Colleges of Technology – Strategy Development Cycle 2022-2026”, the session focused on the UAE’s national visions and strategies, the foundations essential to achieving government excellence in terms of agility, pro-activeness and innovation, as well as the 50-year Charter and the National Employment Strategy 2031.
HE Nasser Bin Thani Al Hameli said the brainstorming session was aimed at laying the foundations for the forthcoming stages of HCT, in alignment with the UAE leadership’s visions and future foresight.
His Excellency indicated that HCT’s future vision is manifested in advancing beyond seeking employment opportunities for its students, to empowering youth to create their own career opportunities and contributing to the development process.
He elaborated that HCT’s advancements, and excellent reputation in the community, have led to remarkable achievements in producing competent National graduates who are able to lead changes and confront future challenges.
His Excellency added that HCT will soon celebrate the graduation of its HCT 4.0 generation, simultaneously awarding graduates with academic degrees and professional certificates, enabling them to excel in their professional lives.
Noting that a large number of HCT graduates have successfully established their own businesses and started their career paths as entrepreneurs, the Minister highlighted the importance of continuing to upskill HCT students in line with international standards, enabling them to handle changes with an innovative mindset.
In his address, Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO, said the COVID-19 pandemic has presented HCT with numerous opportunities for change and development, by expediting an educational transformation. “These developments have proved their effectiveness for today’s tech-savvy generation, in view of the students’ passion for technology. The HCT is preparing for the next 50 years as it approaches a new stage of education, filled with changes and challenges,” Dr. Al Shamsi said.
He added that HCT’s strategies for the forthcoming 5-year cycle are based on following four main pillars:
- Competency & Skills-based Learning Model
Enhancing a competency and skills based learning model, instead of solely focusing on knowledge, as well as linking academic degrees with labor market requirements.
- Focusing on Talents and Competencies
Focusing on talents and competencies through designing programs and providing educational services that meet individual student needs. Distance learning has enhanced the diversification of educational options for students and increased competitiveness between higher education institutions to offer quality services which attract students.
- Developing Educational Technologies
Developing educational technologies to create an exciting and fun learning environment for students through applied work, simulation and innovation, ultimately promoting students’ happiness and welfare.
- Graduating Companies
As 50% of today’s local economy is dependent upon small and medium enterprises, HCT needs to be activating its role to transform students’ innovative ideas and applied research into start-ups, so as to contribute to the development of the local economy.