HCT Shares Cutting-Edge Technology Application at Global Blockchain Congress (5th Edition)
Delegates to the 5th edition of the Global Blockchain Congress, held on September 29, 2020, were given an inspiring insight into how a technology-based higher education institution has successfully implemented Blockchain technology in its core educational practices.
In his keynote address at a congress plenary session, Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President and CEO of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), demonstrated how it has published 155,000 graduates’ e-credentials on the Blockchain platform. These online credentials are linked to 89,500 academic qualifications, at the Certificate, Diploma, Higher Diploma and Bachelor levels, awarded to approximately 66,000 HCT graduates from 1991 to the present.
Dr. Al Shamsi explained how the HCT has led an institutional digital transformation process, at all academic and administrative levels, in partnership with Blockchain and other international organizations.
“Today, this transformation serves the best interests of the HCT, its students and graduates, and employers by giving them easy access to their credentials, such as degrees and transcripts, via Blockchain. By logging into the HCT website, employers will also be able to immediately view the credibility of HCT graduates’ documents and ensure instant verification of prospective, or new employees.,” he said.
Dr. Al Shamsi pointed out that, over the course of several years, the HCT had made significant progress in enhancing and implementing digital infrastructure, leveraging state-of-the-art technologies, which contributed to its remarkable success in transforming to remote work and distance learning during the COVID-19 crisis.
Moreover, Dr. Al Shamsi reiterated HCT’s keenness to create a national talent and skill incubator, by utilizing 4th Industrial Revolution technologies, such as Blockchain, AI, Big Data analysis and robotics. This endeavor would motivate National youth to establish their own businesses, and would be highly dependent on investment in advanced technologies.
Dr. Al Shamsi noted that under its HCT 4.0 strategic plan, the institution has made prominent achievements that contribute to preparing a new generation of innovators and entrepreneurs.
Such initiatives include facilitating 98% of HCT’s academic programs having professional certifications; launching over 40 business startups, resulting in 14 trade licenses being issued; achieving full CAA national accreditation of all HCT’s applied programs; the successful implementation of HCT’s transformative, online learning experience and its “Digi Campus” during the COVID-19 crisis; and developing a wide range of proactive, post-COVID-19 future scenarios and strategies.
The 5th edition of the Global Blockchain Congress, held at the InterContinental Hotel, Dubai Festival City, was organized by the Agora Group and was attended by over 100 industry experts and stakeholders, as well as business operators and startup entrepreneurs.