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Higher Colleges of Technology’s President & CEO Becomes UAE’s First Emirati to Receive Advance HE’s Principal Fellowship

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, President & CEO of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), the UAE’s largest applied higher education institution, has received international recognition for his dedication and commitment to educational leadership after being awarded a Principal Fellowship by Advance HE, based in the UK.

The Principal Fellowship acknowledges Dr. Al Shamsi’s dynamic approach to innovative educational practices, as well as his continuous efforts to enhance and improve the HCT’s programs and educational models. Notably, the Principal Fellowship is measured against stringent criteria of the internationally recognized Professional Standards Framework (PSF).

Alison Johns, Chief Executive of Advance HE, said of Dr. Al Shamsi’s Fellowship: “(The) Principal Fellowship is an outstanding achievement and recognizes your commitment and contribution to student learning, as well as the positive influence you have with your colleagues as a strategic leader in teaching. It is wonderful to see you leading by example in this way.”

The criteria for being eligible for the Principal Fellowship include an ability to demonstrate a sustained record of effective, strategic academic management, and being highly experienced with wide-ranging strategic leadership responsibilities in relation to key aspects of teaching and supporting learning.

This award is a reflection of HCTs approach to teaching and learning, guided by Dr Al Shamsi’s leadership, where it constantly strives to improve and enhance its educational delivery, so as to provide the best possible learning experience for its student body of close to 23,000 male and female students. Such an approach is intrinsically aligned to the UAE's Government Excellence Model (GEM 2.0), which seeks to enhance and improve the services provided by government entities by adopting innovative practices and approaches to service delivery.

Advance HE is a charitable agency is a charitable agency, based in UK, dedicated to the fields of teaching and learning, equality and diversity, and leadership and governance in higher education. Its mission is to promote and advocate for the continuous enhancement of these fields in higher education, within the UK and globally. It is committed to promoting excellence in higher education and advocated for evidence-based teaching methods, awarding fellowships as a means of professional recognition for tertiary level educators. The agency awards four different categories of Fellowship, Associate Fellowship (AFHEA)Fellowship (FHEA)Senior Fellowship (SFHEA) and Principal Fellowship (PFHEA).

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