The Higher Colleges of Technology’s suite of Engineering Technology & Science programmes has been awarded international accreditation from the prestigious US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology (ABET).
The HCT’s Engineering Technology Bachelor programmes in the majors of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering have been accredited, in conjunction with the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC).
Engineering is one of the most popular programmes among HCT students with about 6,138 male and female students enrolled in the various majors this year. That total number is made up of 4,015 male and 2,123 female students, and makes up about 26% of HCT’s total student numbers.
Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, said the national and international accreditation of its academic programmes was a vital component of the strategic goals under its five-year HCT 2.0 initiative, with the ABET accreditation reflecting HCT’s strategic directions and aspirations and being aligned to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.
“With the ABET accreditation, HCT students, employers, and the society we serve can all be confident that our Engineering programmes meet the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce,” Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi said.
“We are very proud of this key academic achievement, which will build on the history of excellence at the Higher Colleges of Technology,” the Vice Chancellor added.
Dr Al Shamsi added that this international accreditation will reflect positively on the students by enhancing their confidence in their programmes of choice. “It will also benefit HCT alumni seeking employment in various UAE institutions, by increasing employment opportunities and boosting HCT’s graduate employment rate to the targeted percentage of 100 per cent by 2021,” he said.
He expressed his appreciation for the dedicated efforts of the HCT’s faculty and staff for their keenness to implement these programmes in accordance with the international standards.
Dr Gilbert Linne, HCT Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said: “Congratulations and please accept my appreciation to all of you who have worked so hard to make this ABET accreditation occur and also to those of you who continue to work very hard to improve the Engineering programmes. You should be proud of this important accomplishment.”
Dr Mohammad Al Jarrah, HCT Executive Dean of Engineering Technology, said: “Congratulations to all of you, faculty and staff, for being part of this major achievement. Hard work pays off and it did this time too. Again this happens because of your dedication and hard work.”
“We continue to focus on meeting the needs of the local economy and community by producing the next generation of highly skilled and qualified engineers, and at the same time meeting international benchmarks and accreditation standards for our programmes,” he added.
About the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT):
Founded in 1988 with four colleges, the Higher Colleges of Technology have grown to be the largest of the higher educational institutions in the UAE, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative learning. Over 23,000 students attend 17 modern, technology-oriented men’s and women’s campuses throughout the UAE. HCT offers a wide range of English-taught programmes in the fields of Applied Communications, Business, Computer Information Science, Education & General Studies, Engineering Technology & Science, Foundations, Health Sciences and Arabic & Emirati Studies. These programmes are all relevant to the UAE’s fast growing economy and are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure that HCT students’ skills are job-relevant and to the highest standards. The programmes are constantly monitored to ensure they are at the cutting edge of industry standards and technological change.