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United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) have established a dedicated training centre in Abu Dhabi to help students develop the skills necessary for pursuing manufacturing careers
A partnership agreement for the centre was signed by Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, minister of higher education and scientific research and chancellor of Higher Colleges of Technology, alongside UTC chairman and CEO Louis Chênevert.
Sheikh Nahayan and Chênevert recently opened the UTC Training Center, located at the campus of the HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s College, in an official ceremony.
The collaboration between UTC and HCT will involve training the HCT faculty on UTC’s Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) operating system in anticipation of creating an ACE curriculum at HCT.
The parties will also work together to deliver UTC courses in leadership development, programme management and sustainability awareness to HCT faculty and students.
Dr Tayeb Kamali, vice-chancellor of HCT, said, “The innovative UTC Training Center would assist students in honing their employment skills so as to effectively contribute to the nation's growth, and also to provide faculty with additional training opportunities.
“The Higher Colleges of Technology is proud to provide cutting-edge and student-centred education practices, such as this centre, to prepare its graduates for in-demand careers in this increasingly globalised economy.”
Kamali said the college's partnership with UTC would help it develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of it students and would help them reach their full potential following graduation.
“As we celebrate the Higher Colleges’ 25th anniversary we continue our focus on connections with industry leaders, such as UTC, to enable our students to obtain vital skills through 'learning by doing', that will give them a solid foundation as they enter the workforce,” he added.
Meanwhile, Louis Chênevert, said, “This partnership builds on UTC’s core values - producing world-class products for modern life and applying world-leading manufacturing skills. UTC's operating system, ACE, is at the heart of UTC's success and we look forward to bringing these skills to the Gulf region. The partnership with HCT furthers our commitment to advancing education, promoting innovation and encouraging understanding, respect and collaboration across cultures.”
“The Gulf region is an important market for UTC and cultivating the region's best talent will fuel innovation and growth for decades to come,” he added.
As part of the agreement, UTC has become a founding member of the HCT Foundation’s HCT 100, a group of business partners contributing to development of the UAE workforce.
UTC and the HCT Foundation also will explore other opportunities for collaboration, such as possible internships for HCT faculty and students and tours of UTC facilities to familiarise HCT students with employment opportunities in those businesses.