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Higher Colleges of Technology
كليات التقنية العليا (HCT)

UNEVOC Centre (Training provider) since 1994

Founded in 1988, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is the UAE's largest applied higher educational institution, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative education practices and job-focused experiential learning.

Approximately 23,000 students attend 16 modern, technology-oriented men's and women's campuses throughout the UAE, in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, and Al Dhafrah region.

HCT offers over 70 academic programs in Applied Media, Business, Computer Information Science, Education, Engineering Technology & Science, and Health Sciences. These programs are all designed in consultation with business and industry leaders and incorporate principles of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to ensure HCT students' skills are up-to-date and to the highest standards. The HCT courses are a hybrid blend of innovative, technology-driven academic studies and work-relevant programs, ensuring that HCT graduates have the necessary 21st century skills to make positive and lasting contributions to society in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

The HCT 4.0 strategic plan, which is strongly aligned to the goals of the UAE National Vision 2021, the National Employment Strategy 2031 add Projects of the 50, encompasses HCT's hybrid education model of teaching and learning, which in turn is transforming HCT into the Campus of Tomorrow. As a result, HCT is a vital contributor to the UAE's national agendas, such as providing educational opportunities for all Emirati youth through life-long learning and career advancement opportunities.

HCT students are well poised to be the technical leaders of tomorrow. Under the auspices of the "Hybrid Education" model, students are awarded an academic degree based on fully accredited programs and a professional certificate from an international awarding body. This dual approach ensures that our students are locally prevalent and internationally relevant. In addition, HCT offers a unique and innovative array of study tracks for the digitally-native youth of today, empowering its students to design their study paths and exit plans of choice. Students can choose between Accelerated, Advanced, and Professional tracks.

HCT's futuristic campus of tomorrow will equip UAE's National human capital resources with future workforce skills, meeting national goals and empowering graduates to be adept at technological updates. Through such groundbreaking initiatives, graduates will enhance their skills, keeping pace with accelerating job changes dictated by the 4th Industrial Revolution and the rapid development of Artificial Intelligence skills.

HCT is a vital contributor to the UAE's national agendas, including providing education opportunities to every male and female Emirati and also being announced as a free zone under the UAE's Fifty Year Charter, creating UAE public and private universities as free zones. The HCT has also embraced a global perspective on applied education by establishing the Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), which sees it partner with a range of leading international educational institutions.


Being the talent and skill incubator to deliver the national vision by providing learning pathways that fulfil industry needs.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
Primary focus
Developing knowledge
  Secondary focus
Developing and building capacities
  Secondary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
Primary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
  Interested to contribute
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
Interested to lead
Equity of access in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Gender equality in TVET
  Interested to contribute
Fostering entrepreneurship
  Interested to contribute
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
Interested to lead

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
Highly interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


كليات التقنية العليا (HCT)
PO BOX 25026
United Arab Emirates


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Dr. Ahmed Samy
Executive Director of Strategy and Future, Higher Colleges of Technology

UNEVOC Coordinator
Samah Clark
Specialist- Administration
Strategy and Future

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9 February 2022
Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE appointed as one of the Lead Centres of the UNEVOC Network Coaction Initiative
As part of the UNEVOC Network Coaction Initiative, Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE is leading a global project entitled "Future Foresight Institutional Capacity for Post COVID-19 World", in partnership with six other UNEVOC Centres.
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