HCT study trip to Melbourne will sharpen students' abilities

ABU DHABI - The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Shaikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, has lauded the support of the UAE and its leadership, particularly that of the President, His Highness Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) system.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 21 May 2003, 11:50 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:06 PM

Shaikh Nahyan was delivering the keynote address at a seminar held yesterday at the Abu Dhabi Women's College (ADWC) on the recent Melbourne Study Tour 2003, where 14 students of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) participated in a 10-day tour to Melbourne, sponsored by the Presidential Court. The tour included students of the Teaching English Language to Young Learners (TEYL) in an intensive schedule of academic, cultural and social activities.

Shaikh Nahyan said the 10-day study tour had given the students first-hand experiencce of another country and culture, enabling them to sharpen their abilities, use their talents, develop initiative, and generally prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.

"Your exposure to global ideas and your links with international mentors and colleagues is an essential part of your education. The value of this study tour, and similar co-curricular projects lies not simply in contributing to expertise, but also in developing leadership abilities that can enhance your future role in society. I have every confidence that you are ready and able to assume your leadership roles in the service of the UAE," the Minister said.

At the University of Melbourne (UoM), the students participated in various campus activities, workshops, and seminars, and in discussions on Australian history and culture.

Four student participants of the Study Tour from the Al Ain Women's College, Ras Al Khaimah Women's College, Dubai Women's College and Fujairah Women's College made individual presentations of their experiences, both visiting places of academic and cultural interest.

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