HCT Students to Boost Career Prospects With Cutting-Edge IT Training

20 New Business Instructors across 17 Campuses to be Trained on Latest ERP Solutions

DUBAI, United Arab EmiratesThe Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) is set to roll out specialized graduate training in SAP’s cutting edge IT solutions at its 17 colleges across the country.

The initiative will significantly boost graduate employability locally and internationally, and follows on from a successful pilot program running at the HCT Dubai Women’s College (DWC) campus since April 2012.

Throughout 2013 – 2014, significant numbers of HCT students will graduate with the latest skills and qualifications in many of SAP’s key business solutions, which will be applicable to over 25 industries including oil and gas, purchasing, banking, sales, marketing, HR and supply chain management.

Key to the program’s success is its ability to provide students with hands-on classroom and lab experiences with SAP software – a core component of the HCT’s learning by doing philosophy. Benefits include access to software licenses, instructional workshops and conferences for professors, course materials, and other instructional aides.

“Teaming up with SAP provides HCT IT and Business students with a cutting-edge learning experience and builds their technical skills and business competencies. In particular, the training will provide business students with the SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) skills needed to bridge the gap between industry and academia. This is an important collaboration, and we are looking forward to our students successfully filling many SAP ERP-relevant industry positions,” said Dr. Howard Reed, Senior Director – Higher Colleges of Technology.

The project forms part of SAP’s globally acclaimed University Alliances Program (UAP), which is explcitly designed to support existing business, engineering and IT programs.

“In order to develop an innovative curriculum within HCT’s Business Division, I am constantly seeking creative ways for students improve their employability through application and action. Our relationship with SAP, and the associated tools and case studies, allows us to design projects that truly integrate students’ understanding of how information management supports decision-making at an enterprise level. In addition, we hope to use SAP’s resources to create inter-disciplinary projects where our Computer and Information Science students act as consultants to our Business students,” said Nick Nunnington, Associate vice Provost, Professional Programs- Higher Colleges of Technology.

SAP’s UAP now counts five UAE universities as members, the others being Zayed University, UAE University, American University of Sharjah and the American University of Dubai. A total of 26 institutions across Middle East and North Africa (MENA) have signed up to date, and SAP hopes to double that figure within the next four years

“SAP is committed to helping UAE students gain a competitive edge, and this ambitious training initiative will undoubtedly help to produce dynamic workers capable of making important contributions this country’s burgeoning and continually evolving economy,” said Qais Gharaibeh, UAE Managing Director, SAP MENA

About HCT
The HCT is one of the leading higher education institutions in the United Arab Emirates with 17 campuses located throughout the country delivering a wide range of quality programs to over 18,000 students. Founded in 1988 by Federal Decree, HCT is the largest higher educational institution in the UAE with over 18,000 students attending 17 modern men’s and women’s campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Fujairah and Madinat Zayed/Ruwais.

HCT offers a wide range of English-taught programs in Applied Communications, Business, Computer & Information Sciences, Education, Engineering Technology, General Education and Health Sciences. All are designed in consultation with business and industry leaders to ensure the students’ skills are job-relevant and to the highest level. For more information visit www.hct.ac.ae