Opening of boys’ section of HCT may be delayed

AL GHARBIA - The failure to provide proper accommodation to the teaching staff may delay the inauguaration of the boys’ section of the branch of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in Al Ruwais City, according to Dr Philip Korek, Director of HCT.

By Latifa Jaber

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Published: Fri 29 Aug 2008, 12:10 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:11 PM

He said the boys’ section of the branch was scheduled to be opened this year i f proper accommodation could be provided to the teachers who, otherwise, would have had to stay in Abu Dhabi and travel everyday to Al Ruwais — a distance of 256km.

As many as 96 girl students from Al Ruwais have joined the girls’ section of the branch of the HCT which was opened in November 2007. Zayed City has a branch of the HCT since 2006 where 168 students, both boys and girls, from the Western Region’s cities, including Zayed, Al Ruwais, Sila, Al Marfaa, Ghiyathi and Liwa, were enrolled.

The number of students went up to 351 in 2007, the director said. As many as 758 students are expected to join the HCT branches in Zayed City and Ruwais City in September this year.

From September this year, new study programmes, including administration and health technology, would be introduced, Korek said.

The HCT, in collaboration with Riverside College in the UK and the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, is working on programmes that best suit the Al Gharbia market.

Students of a class in Zayed City branch were introduced to their counterparts in Japan through video conference last year.

The experience was great as the students could acquaint themselves with the study styles and techniques of their peers abroad, he said.

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