No Emiratis Left Behind
Adhering to the UAE leadership’s vision, HCT is uniquely placed, as a national institution, to provide every Emirati with lifelong learning opportunities based on customized education plans that suit and develop their personal skills.
This approach is in keeping with national strategies and the Dubai 50-year Charter, relating to human capacity development and economic growth.
Leveraging its growing reputation as a leading applied higher education institution, HCT will continue to develop and promote its talent through an integrated student-centered learning ecosystem. It will be ecosystem that gives every student access to the best academic practices, programs and curricula, and on-going advice and support, through structured learning and career pathways which will guarantee success in the workplace.
HCT will endeavor to provide opportunities for all Emirati learners at any stage of their career and life-long learning journey, through its wide array of program offerings, applied and professional track offerings, short programs, diplomas, higher diplomas, and bachelor degrees.
The knowledge economy is defined as an ecosystem in which the use of knowledge is the key enabler of higher productivity and growth in all industries. Economic success is based on effective use of non-material assets, such as knowledge, skills and potential for innovation, as key sources of competitive advantage.
To this end, HCT has built three fully equipped Innovation Spaces in three campuses, with the aim of implementing others across the HCT system.
This initiative is also in accordance with the Dubai 50-Year Charter, which stipulates that all universities are to become economic and creative free zones to support research and enable the graduation of companies created by students.
Consequently, HCT is well placed as an innovation driver to promote and develop an innovative, entrepreneurial culture through incubation; funding startups; applied research and innovation in collaboration with industry; and government and its international universities network, aimed at solving economic and social challenges.
The implications of emerging technologies in the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) are that there is a growing demand for new skills and competencies required for strategic economic sectors in the UAE. To meet the need for new skills, the aim is to build an inclusive and competitive knowledge-based economy.
In addition, the UAE Employment Strategy highlights the need for a lifelong learning framework to reskill those with at-risk jobs, as well as an increased focus on private sector employment, particularly for females.
Therefore, a new, life-long learning culture is required to respond to the fast and flexible acquisition of skills needed now and in the future, to support leading economic growth sectors.
HCT has taken on the challenge by refocusing its attention on employability and competency based education, particularly for ‘New Collar’ workers, in collaboration with the private sector and government authorities, and offering specific up-skilling and re-skilling programs.
The patterns shaping higher education indicate that pure academic qualifications will be insufficient to meet the demands of the workplace, and that graduates will need to be able to demonstrate to employers applied skills and competencies through a broad range of micro-credentials