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HCT reinforces commitment to Learning by Doing philosophy with launch of new initiatives

WAM Abu Dhabi, Jan 10th, 2013 (WAM) — The Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) has emphasized and reiterated its commitment to the philosophy of learning by doing (LBD), with the unveiling of a raft of new student-focused initiatives.

As it celebrates its 25thanniversary this academic year, the HCT has confidently accepted the mandate given by its Chancellor Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research to reinforce and strengthen its commitment to the learning by doing pedagogy, based on practical or experiential learning so as to ensure that HCT graduates can enter the workplace.

From the February 2013 semester, the 17 HCT colleges will build on the institution’s foundation block of providing students with experience-based, applied learning environments.

Sheikh Nahayan recently gave the HCT’s administrators the parameters within which to implement the LBD Project, by saying that HCT’s future plans and programs “will stress more than ever before the practical, applied nature of our institution. Those programs will highlight our traditional approach to educating our students, that is, �Learning by Doing’.” “As we make structural changes that emphasize our commitment to �Learning by Doing’, we will intensify our engagement with business, industry, government agencies, and the broader community. We must ensure that our students learn and can do what the country needs and wants,” Sheikh Nahyan said.

Dr. Tayeb Kamali, HCT Vice Chancellor said the focus of the project was about the Higher Colleges being a “hands-on, skills-oriented institution.” Dr. Mark Drummond, Provost of the Higher Colleges of Technology said the LBD Project was a natural progression for the HCT ethos.

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