Sharjah: Faisal Al-Ayyan, Director of the Higher Colleges of Technology Complex, confirmed that the new educational model in the colleges for the academic year that will start next month is based on three axes: comprehensiveness, sustainability and integration, in order to attract the largest segment, of students to study professional certificates, professional diplomas and applied bachelors according to the capabilities and inclinations of each student.
He said that the faculties had signed memorandums and cooperation agreements with 11 strategic partners from labour and industry institutions between vital government and private sectors, which will provide students with 4,053 job opportunities and 4,200 training opportunities over five years, in addition to cooperation in establishing specialized workshops and laboratories, developing professional programs and certificates, and supporting projects and research—applied students and cooperation in events and activities.
He explained that the past academic year 2022-2023 was full of many works and achievements achieved by the colleges in a short period of time, which culminated in the launch of the new strategy for the colleges (2023-2028) under the slogan “We Design the Future”, as it carried future transformations in the educational paths in what is known as the new educational model. Colleges of Technology, with the aim of making a quantum leap in accordance with the highest international standards and practices.
He said that the colleges were keen to promote programmes and vital disciplines, especially the health sciences programme, with the aim of preparing national competencies that meet the needs of this vital and important sector.
Many initiatives and awareness campaigns were implemented for the programme, in addition to cooperation with the Emirati Cadres Competitiveness Council (NAFES) at the level of the “programme ” initiative. “Healthcare” to qualify the competencies of high school graduates for various specializations related to the health sector, to provide the country’s private health institutions with those qualified competencies, and 650 male and female students were recruited.
He explained that the colleges launched the Ready initiative for the private sector, which aims to employ graduates in the private sector by attracting colleges to major private sector institutions to offer employment opportunities.
He explained that the students of the Colleges of Technology won many first places and medals in local and international competitions, reflecting their scientific and skill excellence, indicating that five students won two gold medals and three silver medals in the Emirates Skills National Competition in its 14th edition, which was held in March 2023 in Abu Dhabi.
The Sharjah Colleges of Technology team also won first place in the UAE Hackathon 2023 in the category of “University Students’ Path” for the “Sustainable Aquaculture” project. The economist.
He pointed out that the colleges celebrated the graduation of 3,344 male and female graduates of the “Future Bet” batch for the year 2022 from the majors of engineering, health sciences, business administration, computer science, information, applied media and education, among them (1646) graduates compared to (1698) graduates.
The colleges held a series of specialized annual conferences and forums, which have become platforms for linking specialized academics from various sectors with students and their achievements, including the “Creative Free Economic Zones 2023” forum in its third session, with the participation of academics, experts, business owners, as well as students and alumni, which brought together Emirati entrepreneurs who own startups and graduates of economic zones, in addition to discussing issues related to education, entrepreneurship, modern trends and best practices supporting the innovation environment. And change in light of the tremendous technological development and others.