Dubai, May 19, WAM/ The Higher Colleges of Technology launched its new applied educational model, which included offering three educational tracks for students according to their abilities and tendencies, which will be implemented at the level of students accepted for the next semester of the academic year 2023/2024, in addition to highlighting the colleges’ strategic partnerships and their role. In supporting the new model, especially at the level of training and employment, in addition to highlighting the new campus of the colleges in Abu Dhabi in the Bani Yas region, which will be operational with the advent of the new academic year 2023/2024.
This came within the activities of the media meeting organized by the Higher Colleges of Technology at its headquarters in Dubai, in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Faisal Al-Ayyan, Director of the Higher Colleges of Technology Complex, Sumaya Al-Hosani, Deputy Director of the Complex for Strategy and the Future, Hind Al-Mualla, Deputy Director of the Complex for Employment and Knowledge Economy, and Dr. Khaled Al-Hammadi, Director of Admission and Registration at the Colleges.
His Excellency Dr. Faisal Al-Ayyan, Director of the Colleges Complex, said: The Colleges of Technology embarks on the next stage with a new educational model through which it aims to develop the human workforce based on the requirements of the changing labor market and in line with the economic agenda of the state, stressing that competence and readiness for work are the basis because we want to graduate students work, not job.
He added that the colleges have made a set of strategic transformations to bring about a qualitative shift in the concept of applied education that makes the student more prepared for the future, through several axes included in the new model, the basis of which is the introduction of three new educational paths that provide various opportunities for students according to their abilities and tendencies and in line with the requirements of the target sectors in the market. Work and industry.
He appreciated the support of His Excellency Dr. Abdulrahman bin Abdulmanan Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and Chairman of the Higher Colleges of Technology Complex, for the new strategic plans and directions of the colleges, which enabled them to launch their new educational model according to a realistic study of the labor market and its future needs of cadres and competencies, and in light of an effective partnership from the labor and industry sectors. targeted, especially the private sector.
For her part, Sumaya Al Hosani explained the reasons for the shift towards a new educational model, which included achieving more focus on “applied learning” in a plan that extends for the next five years, as well as focusing on educational goals and vocational training programs, and the need to offer more comprehensive paths for students that meet their aspirations and tendencies, and to ensure the development of The programs are in accordance with the standards in force in international applied education institutions, considering that the success of the new model depends on the strategic partners in the educational and industrial sectors, working together to design programs and attracting the best quality teaching staff with practical experience in the labor market, and ensuring their continuous training and development.
Dr. Khaled Al-Hammadi spoke in detail about the three new educational tracks, explaining that the colleges have now started applying the new admission criteria according to the new model, through three tracks that take into account individual differences and flow into three outputs that include professional certificates, a professional diploma and an applied bachelor’s degree at the level of five programs that include health sciences. And business administration, engineering and science technology, computer and information sciences, and education. With the launch of the new tracks, it is expected that more than 8,000 male and female students will be admitted, an estimated increase of about (31 percent) compared to the previous academic year.
At the level of admission requirements, Dr. Khaled Al-Hammadi explained that the general admission requirements require that the student obtain a general secondary certificate with a rate of at least 60 percent or its equivalent in any of its tracks, and the performance of the Emirates Standard Test “EMSAT” in the English language or its equivalent, and there are conditions related to admission Direct for undergraduate students: Elite track or its equivalent: 60%, Advanced track or its equivalent: 70%, General and Applied tracks or their equivalent: 80%, English language proficiency level of 1100 points in EmSat or its equivalent, either admission Direct Professional Diploma: At the level of the advanced track or its equivalent: 60 percent is required, and for the general and applied tracks or their equivalent: 70 percent, and the level of English language proficiency is 900 points in Emsat or its equivalent, noting that there are detailed requirements according to the nature of each program.
Sheikha Hind Al-Mualla spoke about strategic partnerships and her support for the new model, especially at the level of training and employment for students and graduates, stressing the importance of complementarity of work with partners from the targeted work sectors and its role in achieving the link between the trilogy of academic study, practical experience and engagement with employers, which enhances students’ readiness to engage. in future jobs.
She indicated that the colleges have recently signed cooperation agreements with 11 strategic partners from business and industry institutions, between government and private sectors at the level of health, education, energy, services, retail, security and the financial sector, noting that these partnerships will provide students with about (4053) job opportunities and (4200) training opportunities. Over the course of five years, in addition to their support for the colleges in establishing workshops and laboratories specialized in innovation, emerging technology, industrial solutions, and financial technology (FinTech), cooperation in developing professional programs and certificates, supporting applied student projects and research, and cooperation in events and activities.
Al-Mualla pointed out that the colleges focus in their new directions on employment in the private sector, and their launch of the “Ready for the Private Sector” initiative, which began as a first stage last December and succeeded within six months in employing more than a thousand male and female graduates in private sector institutions who were attracted to the colleges and conducted employment interviews. directly with them.
Abu Dhabi Colleges of Technology students will start their next academic year (2023/2024) in the new campus of the Higher Colleges of Technology in the Bani Yas region in Abu Dhabi, which is built on an area of 220,000 thousand square meters, and accommodates about 10,000 students. The main administration building and central services, an auditorium that can accommodate more than 1,200 people, in addition to classrooms, advanced laboratories, and various facilities and services that are designed in line with modern standards in design and sustainability.