Founded in 1988 with four colleges, the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have grown to be the largest of the higher educational institutions in the UAE, gaining a well-respected reputation for innovative, experiential learning. As such, HCT is a leader in professional and applied education and training, with its graduates being actively sought after by all UAE industry sectors.
More than 23,000 students attend 17 modern, technology-oriented HCT men's and women's campuses throughout the UAE. About 2000 people, from about 60 countries, are employed in the HCT community.
HCT offers a wide range of academic programmes in the fields of applied communications, business, computer information sciences, education & general studies, engineering technology & sciences, foundations, health sciences and arabic & emirati studies. These programmes are offered at various levels which 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 academic programmes are constantly monitored to ensure they are at the cutting edge of industry standards and technological change. All HCT students learn in a technologically sophisticated educational environment that encourages the development of independent and life-long learning skills necessary to success in a fast-changing world.
HCT graduates have developed a reputation throughout the UAE for their technical, work-ready and communications skills, and for their adaptability to actual workplace conditions. As a result, HCT graduates are eagerly sought by organisations looking to build their workforce with young Emiratis who are capable of operating effectively in today's global business environment. HCT has awarded almost 70,000 academic credentials to its graduates since 1991. These graduates have gone into the UAE employment market, making significant contributions to the sustainable economic and social development of the country.
Since its inception, HCT has focused on meeting the needs of the local economy and community while at the same time meeting international benchmarks and accreditation standards. In this process, HCT has established active and dynamic links, collaborations and relationships with major companies and organisations in the UAE and with many of the world’s leading universities and organisations.