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Founded in 1988 by Federal Decree the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the largest higher educational institution in the UAE, having a well-respected reputation for innovative and hands-on, workplace relevant teaching and learning methodologies, which... <show more>
Founded in 1988 by Federal Decree the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the largest higher educational institution in the UAE, having a well-respected reputation for innovative and hands-on, workplace relevant teaching and learning methodologies, which are based on the philosophy of Learning by Doing.
Approximately 20,000 students attend 17 modern, technology-enhanced men’s and women’s campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Madinat Zayed, Ras Al Khaimah, Ruwais and Sharjah.
HCT offers many different, work-relevant, English-taught programmes in Applied Communication, Business, Computer & Information Science, Engineering Technology, 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 dedicated to the delivery of applied and vocationally focused programmes that achieve national and international standards at the Diploma, Bachelors and Masters levels. Delivered through excellent instruction based on... <show more>
The Higher Colleges of Technology is dedicated to the delivery of applied and vocationally focused programmes that achieve national and international standards at the Diploma, Bachelors and Masters levels. Delivered through excellent instruction based on ‘learning by doing’ and in a technology-rich environment, supported by applied research, our programmes are designed to meet the employment needs of the UAE and support Emirati students in becoming innovative and work-ready.
The Higher Colleges of Technology will be recognised as the best applied higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates, producing knowledgeable, innovative and skilled Emirati graduates that support the nation in pursuit of excellence.
"Al Rawi", monthly, English; "The HCT Journal", bi-annual, English
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi
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Cluster Mashreq States
1 November 2018UNEVOC Centre in Saudi Arabia receives an award
In the path of seeking the goals of 2030 Vision in Saudi Arabia, the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) received King Abdulaziz Quality Award. The award is to seek institutional excellence in the government sector, private institutions, and nonprofit organizations. The evaluation of the award consist of individual and group office evaluation.
24 October 2018Saudi Arabia's TVTC takes part in skills conference in Amsterdam
Saudi Arabia's Technical and Vocational Training Corporation has participated in the General Assembly of the WorldSkills Conference 2018, in Amsterdam, from Oct. 15 - 18. The conference includes 500 representatives and delegates from 79 member states. The meeting, held every two years, creates conversations on the global future of innovative skills solutions. (more
26 June 2018Focus on work-based learning to foster youth employment in Arab region
This June 2018 workshop examined and discussed the status of work-based learning programmes for young people in the Arab region, and UNESCO shared and discussed the preliminary findings of a new comparative synthesis study that draws upon country studies from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, and Tunisia. (more
5 June 2018Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre, hosts International Conference on TVET
Tknika, a UNEVOC Centre in the Basque Country, Spain, organized an international conference titled ‘International Encounters on Vocational Training – Anticipating the Future’. Participants from around the world discussed current and emerging challenges of ongoing digital transformation of industry and businesses, and responding to them through increased collaboration and knowledge exchange. (more
19 October 2017UNESCO-UNEVOC at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017
Held as part of the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, UNESCO-UNEVOC actively participated in the conference with a theme of ‘Skills Strategies for a globalized world’ , organized as a platform for shaping the global skills agenda. The discussions addressed the changing skills demands of the globalized world on the way people live, learn, and work and the required response as it was held in Abu Dhabi from the 16-17 October 2017. (more
24 May 2016Delegation from Qatar visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
UNESCO-UNEVOC had the pleasure to welcome Mr Rupert Mclean, former Director of UNESCO-UNEVOC and current QAPCO Professional Chair in Vocational Studies as well as UNEVOC Centre Coordinator for the College of the North-Atlantic Qatar (CNA-Q), and Mr Abdulla Ahmed Kamal Naji from the Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), to the UN Campus in Bonn Germany (more
16 January 2015Delegation from Palestine at UNESCO-UNEVOC
The visit was part of a study tour organized by GIZ for its partner institutions in Gaza to familiarize key TVET actors from Palestine with the German dual vocational education system, and with possibilities of international cooperation in TVET. (more
17 December 2014TVET in the knowledge-based society: Saudi Arabia
At the request of the Saudi Technical and Vocational Training Corporation, Shyamal Majumdar visited Riyadh to share technical expertise and deliver a keynote presentation on “Knowledge-based societies and TVET” at the Seventh Saudi Technical Conference and Exhibition (STCEX-7). (more
12 December 2014New country reports in World TVET Database
New country reports have been published for Benin, Cambodia, Chad, Iraq, Latvia, Lithuania, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Qatar, South Africa, Uganda and USA. UNESCO-UNEVOC continues to expand the World TVET Database and more country reports will be available soon. (more
13 November 2014Jordanian delegation visits UNESCO-UNEVOC
UNESCO-UNEVOC welcomed a delegation from Jordan including representatives of two UNEVOC Centres in Jordan to its premises on 10 November 2014. The delegation came to Bonn with the aim of learning more about UNESCO-UNEVOC, and in particular the UNEVOC Network. (more
22 April 2014First Technical Education and Vocational Training Conference in Kuwait
The conference, held from 31 March to 2 April 2014, aimed at exchanging experiences and discussing strategies for TVET development in the light of global changes that occur in the labour market. In addition, participants presented important international experiences and the latest educational and training methods (more
31 March 2014Conference on Technical and Vocational Education & Training: Challenges and Opportunities
PAAET (Kuwait UNEVOC Centre) is organizing a TVET conference with the aim to provide an opportunity for experts in TVET to share experiences and establish collaborations at National, Regional and International levels; discuss strategies for the development of TVET towards manpower social, and economic variations; identify the international experiences in development of TVET; and identify the latest methods of quality assurance in TVET.
27 November 2013King Abdullah scholarships for teacher trainers
PINZ has managed a program that has seen students from its sister UNEVOC Center TVTC in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, come to New Zealand to complete their degrees followed by a Certificate in Adult Teaching (CAT). (more
30 October 2009
ICTs and e-learning in TVET in Arab countries, Amman, 12-13 October 2009 (more