- Higher Colleges of Technology
Higher Colleges of Technology
The system of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is a community of more than 23,000 students and 2,000 staff based on 17 modern, technology-enhanced campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Madinat Zayed, Ras Al Khaimah, Ruwais and Sharjah, making it the largest higher education institution in the UAE.
Founded in 1988 by Federal Decree the HCT has developed rapidly where it has a well-respected reputation for innovative and hands-on, workplace relevant teaching and learning methodologies, which are based on practical, experiential learning.
Higher Colleges of Technology offers many different, work-relevant, English-taught programmes in Applied Communication, Business, Computer & Information Science, Engineering Technology & Science, Health Sciences and Education at various levels. All programmes are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure the students’ skills are job-relevant and to the highest standards.
Students learn in a technologically sophisticated, e-learning environment that encourages development of independent and life-long learning skills.
HCT graduates are eagerly sought by employers as they are capable of operating effectively in today’s global business environment. Over 60,000 academic credentials have been awarded to its graduates since 1991.
The HCT has established dynamic relationships with UAE companies and organisations and the world’s leading universities and organisations.
The Higher Colleges of Technology is the leading applied higher education institution in empowering generations to contribute to the shaping of the future of the UAE.
Provide applied higher education to equip generations with knowledge, skills and competencies that meet international standards and the future needs of the UAE industry and society.
Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties
- Engineering Technology
- Computer & Information Science
- Applied Communications
- Health Sciences
In 1985, H.E. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, made a commitment to establish a new system of post-secondary education for UAE Nationals that would stress the ideals of productivity, self-determination and excellence.
His Excellency envisioned a system of the highest quality that would be used to educate Nationals for the professional and technical careers necessary in a rapidly developing society.
In fulfillment of that vision, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) was established in 1988 by Federal Law No 2 issued by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace.
Four colleges commenced that year. Since then, thirteen additional colleges and the Center of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) have opened throughout the Emirates to form the system of the Higher Colleges of Technology.
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