Special Interest

HCT Collaborates with Universidad Tecmilenio To Advance Student-Centered Initiatives

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), an applied higher education institution in the United Arab Emirates, has announced that it will be working closely with the Universidad Tecmilenio of Monterrey, Mexico, with the goal of creating a raft of initiatives including student and faculty exchanges, common curricular and innovation centers.

The Universidad TecMilenio in Monterrey, Mexico.

On the sidelines of the World Government Summit in Dubai, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, and Dr. Hector Mauricio Escamilla, President of Universidad Tecmilenio, to collaborate on the jointly-beneficial initiatives over a period of five years.

The Universidad Tecmilenio is a multi-campus educational system with 28 campuses in 24 cities across Mexico, and an e-university system. It offers students the opportunity to gain professional skills in science, engineering, and technology.

Through the agreement, the two universities will work together to facilitate an extensive student and faculty exchange program, as well as design curricular relevant to the common majors offered by both institutions, and share educational best practices and relevant hybrid educational models.

Furthermore, the parties will focus on the design, establishment and operation of innovation centers in their respective campuses, whilst sharing best practices and concepts.

Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, expressed his pleasure in signing the MoU and said: “This agreement gives us the opportunity to have joint interests and to work with one of the distinguished universities in Mexico, which is highly reputable in the areas of teaching science and technology. The agreement is further aligned with HCT’s focus on applied technical education and our new hybrid education strategy which combines academic and professional training to give HCT graduates two qualifications.”

The Vice Chancellor added a highlight of the agreement was the strong focus on innovation spaces to boost ideation of concepts and boost innovative solutions to current and future issues for all sectors of the UAE. “It is good to establish partnerships with international higher education institutions in order to help facilitate a knowledge economy in line with the directives of the UAE’s leadership,” Dr Al Shamsi added.