Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.37
Liaison Raafat Kabbara
Submission Date Nov. 15, 2022

STARS v2.2

Higher Colleges of Technology
EN-10: Community Partnerships

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Complete 2.00 / 3.00 Raafat Kabbara
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Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability :
Dell Technologies

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? :
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe?:
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership?:
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? :
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability:

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Dell Technologies to obtain state-of-the-art technical support for developing intelligent blockchain-based solutions in the interest of the government of the UAE. The MoU also aims at empowering Dell Technologies to develop blockchain-based tools to help Emirati staff contribute to the federal government's Digital Transformation Plan and to optimize technology in line with the latest trends continuously.
Through cooperation with Dell Technologies, HCT is seeking to obtain a wide range of advanced technology solutions that will primarily support its students, customers, and stakeholders. In addition to leveraging Dell Technologies' knowledge and expertise, HCT plans to set up a joint team to work on reviewing future cooperation opportunities to achieve the benefits of this strategic collaboration.
Dell Technologies will propose solutions that will help HCT and its stakeholders progress in their digital transformation journey and will form a joint team to focus on technology infrastructure and technology solutions that meet the current and future needs of a sustainable HCT.

https://hct.ac.ae/en/news/hct-dell-technologies-partners/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):
Global Applied Education Network

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (2nd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (2nd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership’s sustainability focus? (2nd partnership):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (2nd partnership):
Not Sure

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (2nd partnership):

The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has celebrated the launch of its pioneering Global Applied Education Network (GAEN), the first initiative of its kind geared towards applied education in the region.

GAEN was launched by signing a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) involving eight of the world’s leading applied higher education institutions.
GAEN will support the UAE, Gulf region, and MENA economies by applying proven and global effective expertise to boost the employability of its graduates, promote cultural exchanges, expand partnerships with national and international companies and support the UAE’s drive towards a knowledge-based sustainable economy.

As the first global applied education network in the region, GAEN will align the strategic priorities of its founding members and those to come, through sharing of best practices and facilitating cooperation on applied research and academic matters including sustainability-related topics on a global level.

https://hct.ac.ae/en/news/higher-colleges-technology-announces-launch-gaen-pioneering-global-applied-education-network/


Name of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):
UNESCO-UNEVOC

Does the institution provide financial or material support for the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Yes

Which of the following best describes the partnership timeframe? (3rd partnership):
Multi-year or ongoing

Which of the following best describes the partnership? (3rd partnership):
Sustainability-related

Are underrepresented groups and/or vulnerable populations engaged as equal partners? (3rd partnership):
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s formal community partnership to advance sustainability (3rd partnership):

UNESCO is the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Its mission is to promote peace and security around the globe by way of various international initiatives in education, sciences, and culture. UNESCO-UNEVOC promotes increased opportunities for productive work, sustainable livelihoods, personal empowerment, and socio-economic development, especially for youth, women, and the disadvantaged.

Through its innovative projects, capacity-building programs, and collaborative activities with more than 250 UNEVOC centers around the globe, UNESCO-UNEVOC is working towards ensuring access to quality skills training and development for all.
HCT has become a registered member of the International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC), one of seven UNESCO institutes working in the field of education.

https://hct.ac.ae/en/news/hct-joins-unesco-unevoc-global-network-promoting-technical-vocational-education-training/

As a UNEVOC member, HCT will be able to participate in international forums; share applied education best practices with other UNEVOC members; promote its events; collaborate on global strategic initiatives, and develop studies & reports in partnership with UNEVOC members and other UNESCO’s institutes.

https://unevoc.unesco.org/home/Explore+the+UNEVOC+Network/centre=437

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A key goal of UNEVOC is to support UNESCO’s member States in their efforts to strengthen and upgrade their Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) systems. It engages a network of more than 250 UNEVOC centers around the globe through innovative projects, capacity-building programs, and collaborative activities.

“The Medium-Term Strategy for 2021-2023 (MTS-III) sets out how UNESCO-UNEVOC will support TVET institutions to meet the demands of dynamic labor markets and provide quality skills training for a sustainable future of work. MTS-III focuses on developing the capacities of TVET leaders, supporting TVET institutions in implementing change programmes, and facilitating knowledge sharing and peer learning within the UNEVOC Network.”

https://unevoc.unesco.org/home/UNEVOC+Publications/lang=en/akt=detail/qs=6431


A brief description of the institution’s other community partnerships to advance sustainability:
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