Dr. Faisal Alayyan has been appointed by the Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) Board of Trustees as the institution’s new President and CEO.

H.E. Dr. Abdulrahman AlAwar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, HCT Chancellor and Chairman of the HCT Board of Trustees, welcomed Dr. Alayyan and congratulated him on the confidence placed in him by the HCT Board of Trustees, wishing him success in his new role.

His Excellency, the Minister, affirmed the HCT Board of Trustees’ full support for the new President & CEO to achieve the desired goals, which “will enable HCT to move forward in preparing Emirati students and empowering them with future skills, in line with national directions and visions”.

Dr. Faisal Alayyan expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the trust of H.E., the Chairman of the HCT Board of Trustees, and members of the Board. 

“HCT will move forward towards the future with confidence, by providing the tools necessary to arm its students with future skills,” he said. “This would be carried out through training, capacity development programs and academic programs and courses, in line with the expectations and requirements of the labor market and the business community in the country.”

Dr. Alayyan added: “The UAE government’s directions in future foresight are a roadmap for HCT to develop education and enhance its outcomes to ensure students are ready for the labor market. This will strengthen the UAE economy’s competitiveness and attractiveness and raise the country’s rankings and indicators in all regional and international forums and reports.”

The HCT Board of Trustees members welcomed Dr. Alayyan to his new role, wishing him success in his new responsibilities.

Expressing his pride at joining the HCT team, Dr. Alayyan said he was eager to see HCT translate its strategic plans and objectives “into a reality that revolves around efficient, tangible and top-quality outcomes.”

“Let’s work together to deliver a top-notch education to our students – the true wealth of the UAE,” he went on to say.

Dr. Alayyan has over 20 years’ experience in planning, project management and capacity development, managing several government programs, projects and initiatives.

Prior to joining HCT, he served as the Vice President of Rabdan Academy, contributing to the establishment of the Academy in 2010 as an independent educational institution under the Abu Dhabi Executive Council. Rabdan Academy was established as a national center for the qualification and development of Emiratis in the sectors of defense, security, safety & emergencies, crises and disasters Management.

Dr. Alayyan has also served in several key posts in major governmental entities, including the Critical Infrastructure & Coastal Protection Authority, the Tawazun Economic Council and Khalifa University.

The new HCT President and CEO holds a PhD in Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering from Curtin University in Australia, a Master of Science in Electrical, Electronics and Communication Engineering from the University of Melbourne, Australia and a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology from Khalifa University.

About HCT

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.

Over 20,000 students attend 16 modern, technology-oriented men’s and women’s campuses throughout the UAE. 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 National Employment Strategy 2031, was launched in March 2019 with the theme of Employability and Beyond, and consists of three pillars – “Technical Leaders”, “No Emirati Left Behind” and “Graduate Companies”. HCT 4.0 will equip UAE’s National workforce with future skills required in the labor market, so as to meet national goals. It will also empower graduates and employees to be familiar with technological updates and enhance their skills, so as to keep 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 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”, which stipulates that UAE public and private universities will be announced as free zones that allow students to carry out business and creative activities. In addition, the HCT is prominent in its role as a federal institution by promoting applied research opportunities to faculty and students.

The HCT has also embraced a global perspective on applied education by establishing the Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), which sees it partner with global educational institutions. 

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