The Higher Colleges of Technology’s suite of Engineering Technology and Science programmes has been awarded international accreditation from the prestigious US-based Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, ABET.
The HCT programmes in the majors of Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering have been accredited, in conjunction with the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission, ETAC.
Engineering is one of the most popular programmes among HCT students, with 6,138 students enrolled in the various majors this year. That total number is made up of 4,015 male and 2,123 female students, and makes up about 26% of HCT’s total student numbers.
Dr. Abdullatif Al Shamsi, HCT Vice Chancellor, said the national and international accreditation of its academic programmes was a vital component of the strategic goals under its five-year 'HCT 2.0' initiative, with the ABET accreditation reflecting HCT’s strategic directions and aspirations and being aligned to Abu Dhabi Vision 2030.
Dr. Gilbert Linne, HCT Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, said, "Congratulations and please accept my appreciation to all of you who have worked so hard to make this ABET accreditation occur and also to those of you who continue to work very hard to improve the engineering programmes. You should be proud of this important accomplishment."