The Higher Colleges of Technology’s twin focus on Innovation and Entrepreneurship continues to strengthen with the launch of its Innovation Entrepreneurs Program in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
The program is designed to attract high school students to increase their awareness of future, in-demand jobs and skills, to introduce them to HCT’s academic programs and the nature and importance of applied education.
In a series of events held at the HCT’s Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah campuses, about 300 male and female students from various UAE high schools participated in the program.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT President & CEO, stated that the Innovation Entrepreneurs initiative is a strategic initiative that reinforces the HCT key role in early academic and career guidance provided to high school students.
He added, the initiative is aligned to the importance of familiarizing students with community needs and the rigorous requirements of the labour market for specializations and skills in line with the national vision.
“The HCT continues to communicate and work with UAE schools throughout the year, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, and this HCT program provides high school students with the opportunity of learning about the benefits of hybrid education that awards HCT students with both academic degrees and professional certificates. These increase graduate employability, which is a strategic goal for HCT,” Dr. Al Shamsi said.
Rami Hamdan, Director of HCT’s General Academic Requirements Division (GARD), said that the Innovation Entrepreneurs initiative was launched during the winter break and 300 high school students, from grades 10-12, participated in the 2-day event.
The first day featured interactive workshops on team building and how to choose the future academic majors, as well as tolerance-related activities in line with the Year of Tolerance 2019. The second day featured academic workshops to teach students how to deal with applied challenges and find solutions for each selected major, using problem solving, creative thinking and teamwork skills.