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EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Opened in 1988 with 4 colleges for UAE male & female.

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1 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Opened in 1988 with 4 colleges for UAE male & female nationals With over 20,000 students in 17 campuses, is today UAEs largest higher education institution Offers more than 90 different, programs in Applied Communications, Business, Engineering, Information Technology, Health Sciences and Education Programs: Applied Science Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate Over 2000 faculty from about 60 countries are part of the HCT system

2 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Centre of Excellence for Applied Research & Training (CERT) Founded in 1996, is the commercial, research and training arm of the Higher Colleges of Technology Leverages relationships with global leaders in education and business to provide educational, applied research, training and consulting services to government, private sector institutions and businesses in the UAE and the region Involved in strategic alliances with multinational organizations to collaborate in developing a diverse range of business and technology solutions Operates CERT Technology Park which is an incubator or business hub to set up in Abu Dhabi, including Thales, Rand Corporation, Alcatel Lucent, Honeywell, IBM and CERTs own technology such as CERT Soft and CERT InfoTrack Telematics

3 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Enriching Higher Education Since inception, HCT/CERT has developed a number of successful methods to enrich education: Organize and host many international and regional conferences to engage our graduates among the globalized workplace and become conversant with international best practices. Dual or joint degree programs Faculty exchange Student exchange and students studying abroad

4 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Education Without Borders (EWB) International Student Conference EWB Brings together 2000 students from 120 countries to explore and present innovative solutions to global challenges EWB creates networks across cultures in order to recognize, understand, and possibly generate solutions for some of the world's greatest challenges world leaders and those from the fields of business, government, sports, science, culture, media are chosen to mentor and inspire the students

5 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Festival of Thinkers Designed to provide an opportunity for the Middle Easts young scholars – as future leaders - to interact formally and informally with, and learn from Nobel Laureates, worlds leading thinkers in business, science, technology, culture and economics. Unique forum for students and global leaders and thinkers to use constructive and lateral thinking while discussing possible solutions for the worlds challenges in an interactive format. Biennial conference started in 2005 and to be held in November 2011

6 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model EWB World & Regional Forums EWB World Forum held alongside the EWB student conference where the worlds Heads of State, business executives, and influential thought leaders meet to discuss the impact of globalization on education and capacity development. Since 2007 EWB Regional Forums have been held in different geographical regions of the world for select university leaders from each region to discuss how higher education could be reframed to foster internationalization and globalization of higher education. Held in collaboration with leading universities in those regions. EWB North American Forum held in New York (2008); EWB South Asian Forum in New Delhi (2009); EWB European Forum in London (2010); EWB Latin American Forum in Mexico (2010); and proposed forums in 2011 are EWB East Asian Forum & EWB African Forum.

7 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Stanford Roundtable on Entrepreneurship Education (REE) The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) presents five annual international conferences for entrepreneurship educators (REE). These events take place in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Middle East/North Africa, and the USA. Designed to stimulate communication and collaboration between business, science and engineering faculty who teach high- technology entrepreneurship in universities around the world. HCT will host the first MENA REE from March 7-9, Other major international and regional conferences include the HCT Global Entrepreneurship Conference; the International Conference on Drug Discovery & Therapy; Counselling Arabia; CERT Diabetes Academy

8 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Wharton Entrepreneurship & Family Business Research Centre HCT/CERT hosts the only research centre focused on entrepreneurship and family business The centre also hosts the Middle East edition of Since it was launched last March, the portal has grown to over 100,000 subscribers in MENA region.

9 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Dual/Joint Degree Programs HCT/CERT has entered into a number of collaborations/partnerships with international universities to provide graduate studies of the highest caliber. Doctor of Business Administration (joint degree) In conjunction with Grenoble Ecole de Management (France) Triple accredited 4-year part time program Open to all nationalities

10 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Unique Masters degree program such as : HCT Executive MBA featuring f aculty from: – Stanford University (US) – Harvard University(US) – MIT (US) – Ashridge Business School (UK) – Vanderbilt University (US)

11 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Other collaborative Masters degree programs include: Master of Cultural and Creative Industries with: – Goldsmiths/University of London (UK) – University of California - LA (US) – FTHW (Germany) Master of Information Technology with: – Brunel University (UK) Master of Engineering with: – Johns Hopkins University (US) – Technical University of Berlin (Germany) Master of Science in Human Resource Management with: – Aston University (UK)

12 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Collaborative Degree programs include: Bachelor of Engineering in Logistics Management 4-year program Double degree from UAE & Germany In conjunction with consortium of German Universities of Applied Sciences: Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau; The University of Applied Sciences Bremen; Jade University of Applied Sciences

13 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model INCONET GCC CERT is the regional facilitator of the INCONET-GCC program (International Cooperation Network for Gulf Cooperation Countries) 18 Government and private research organizations, from Europe, the GCC and Yemen form the European Commission-funded project. Members develop ways in which to promote bi-regional science and technology research partnerships and enhance Science & Technology interaction between the regions. Members include London School of Economics (UK); University of Ferrara (Italy); Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas / Help-Forward (Greece); International Association for Sciences Parks (Spain); Items International (France). Objectives include: Develop bi-regional dialogue on Science & Technology between the EU and the GCC countries; Identify common interests in research ; Set up Science & Technology priorities; Support capacity building activities.

14 EU-MED & GCC: Collaboration in Higher Education The HCT/CERT Model Summary HCT/CERT has established its experience and credentials in connecting the two regions through its role as GCC facilitator of the INCONET GCC. The UAE is seen as the cross roads for cultural, academic, economic and technology exchanges between the two regions and with HCT/CERT as the UAEs largest higher education providers they have the capacity, drive and power to facilitate the cooperative framework of higher education between the Gulf region and the Mediterranean. Given the background of rich interactions in higher education we propose that HCT/CERT could host a EU-MED funded hub in GCC for a collaborative higher education framework involving the Mediterranean and Gulf regions. –


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