x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 21 January 2018

Emiratisation drive: HCT appoints five Emirati directors

The college is replacing expatriates in five cities to aid Emiratisation goals.

Emiratis have been appointed as directors at branches of the Higher Colleges of Technology in five cities.

They replace expatriates who held the posts at campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

Mohammed Al Shamsi, HCT chancellor, said the appointments reflected directives by the country's leadership to promote and support Emiratisation.

"The Higher Colleges of Technology is a proud partner of the Absher initiative, which was launched by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs," Mr Al Shamsi said.

"Over the years HCT has actively worked with the Emiratisation efforts of the industry by placing over 60,000 highly qualified graduates to take up key roles in UAE's labour market and economy.

"Today, it is restructuring to meet its own Emiratisation goals and directives."

Dr Sultan Karmostaji joins as director in Abu Dhabi, leaving his previous role as associate director of student support and services.

He has been with HCT since 2005 in various roles. Before that he worked as project coordinator at the Ministry of Interior.

Hamsa Al Ammari is the new director at the Al Ain campus, leaving her previous role as human resources manager.

She is completing her doctorate degree in organisation and management at Capella University, an American institution that delivers most of its education online. She has been with HCT since 2002 and worked at RAK Bank before that.

Dr Saoud Al Mulla is director of the Dubai colleges, leaving his role as associate director. He joined HCT in 2005 as a faculty member after completing his PhD in Britain. Before that he worked at Adnoc and Abu Dhabi TV.

The new directors in Sharjah, Dr Muhadditah Al Hashemi, and RAK, Dr Ali Al Mansouri, were already directors but of just one college.

Their roles have been broadened to cover the men's and women's colleges. Both have doctorates and have held senior roles at HCT.

Expatriate directors are still in charge in Fujairah and the Western Region.

Emiratisation at HCT is now at 10 per cent.