An Anthology Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of the Higher Colleges of Technology

The vision and leadership of our late president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, served as the inspiration for the establishment of the Higher Colleges of Technology in 1988. Now, after 19 years of institutional and academic success, we salute his vision and express our gratitude for his strong and unwavering support. With Sheikh Zayed’s encouragement, we have established an institution worthy of his high expectations and reflective of the value he always placed on the education of the sons and daughters of the United Arab Emirates. It is, therefore, appropriate to express our pride and satisfaction that these colleges will always stand as a tribute to his wisdom and his leadership. I am delighted to write the foreword to this anthology that celebrates the 20th year of the Higher Colleges of Technology. I am very pleased that the anthology contains entries from prominent authors — some of whom helped establish the Colleges 19 short years ago.

Articles

Foreword: Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan

The vision and leadership of our late president, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, served as the inspiration for the …


Introduction: A Celebration of Excellence

This book, too, is an “expedition” of friends. People from different countries, cultures, genders, and persuasions have permitted us to …


One: Ancient Land, Modern Nation

The economy of the United Arab Emirates today is based on two key components — the exploitation of oil and …


Two: Abu Dhabi Growing Capital

A fundamental premise of modern-day nation building is this: a country’s wealth, especially accruing from its natural resources, must be …


Three: Women in the Mainstream

I can honestly say that my entire life time as a national of the United Arab Emirates has been lived …


Four: How HCT Evolved

The discovery and exploitation of oil and gas reserves in the Arabian Gulf countries of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, …


Five: Waves of Change Walk

Walk unannounced into the computer graphics lab ata branch of the Higher Colleges of Technology here and you find a …


Six: Something to Treasure

I arrived in the United Arab Emirates on July 3, 1988. The date has stuck in my mind because on …


Seven: The Path of Life

Things have reached an alarming state when, according to asurvey conducted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung, 75 percent of young people …


Eight: Gathering Skills

At colleges across the country, and all across the Ursinus College campus, a learning revolution is under way. It isa …


Nine: Have you seen these Children?

Ask them to write the numeral 14, and they will write 41. Ask them about South America, and they will …


Ten: The Human Factor

Education is the core foundation of one’s existence. Our educational limitations are solely bound by our choices inlife. Education is …


Eleven: Diplomatic Education

In most countries, those selected for the diplomatic service areelites. This does not refer to their social background — in …


Twelve: Conversations

Conversation has magic to it. Dialogue is the most powerful learning technology on earth. Conversations are the stem cells of …


Thirteen: The Market Place

Come June, and tension mounts amongst children seeking admission to various colleges in Delhi. Delhi University’s North and South campuses …


Fourteen: The Liberal Idea

One evening not long ago I was sitting in an outdoor restaurant by the water. My chair was almost identical …


Fifteen: The Right Courses

The recent visit of Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate the founding of the Jamestown settlement in Virginia reminded me that …


Sixteen: All about Amman

Jordan is implementing sensitive yet crucial educational reforms,vital for shaping a new e-generation that will be able to cope with …


Seventeen: The Spires of Oxford

By-passes encircle Oxford, throwing the traffic northward to Banbury and Birmingham, west ward to Stratford and South Wales, southward to …


Eighteen: Daring Greatness

believe that globalization and entrepreneurship are opposite sides of the same coin. In today’s world, to be an entrepreneur is …