Mr. Kamran Shaukat, UC & C Specialist, Huawei
With the advent of the UAE’s knowledge economy, Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, and the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) today announced the successful deployment of a pilot e-Classroom program in which students and faculty at the HCT’s colleges will have access to a host of new digital tools for creating a more interactive learning environment.
The e-Classroom program extends the concept of ‘borderless classrooms’ and addresses the strategic challenges faced by educational institutions in the domain of distance learning as well as the managing and sharing knowledge resources across multiple classrooms and campuses.
In particular, the pilot program seeks to elevate HCT students’ classroom learning experiences through support for real-time interactions via high-definition audio and video tools, convenient course recording and streaming, interactive e-whiteboards, and more immersive device applications.
“New information technologies are changing the way that classes are being taught, where they are being hosted, and the desire of both students and faculty for more flexible and creative learning environments,” says Dong Wu, President of Huawei Enterprise Middle East. “Through the years Huawei and Higher Colleges of Technology have pioneered a variety of programs giving young people greater access to educational opportunities. By piloting this latest e-Classroom program, we are further delivering on that commitment by improving the ways in which knowledge can be shared not only within the classroom, but across geographic borders linking to the wider global community.”
The pilot e-Classroom program was announced during a live demo hosted during GITEX Technology Week in which visitors to the Huawei stand were able to sit in on a live class being held at the HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s College. Students from the College are also able to use the new e-Classroom to listen and engage in Huawei’s various Hot Topic discussions being hosted throughout the week live from GITEX.
Following a successful pilot program at HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s College, plans are already in place to deploy an extended network connecting the HCT campuses including the HCT Ras Al Khaimah Colleges. Dr Tayeb Kamali, Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, noted it was a rewarding experience to be working closely with Huawei to create the interactive classroom at GITEX Technology Week.
“The Higher Colleges of Technology maintains a commitment to excellence in education, and a hallmark of its learning model is the strong focus on successful student learning outcomes in technology and innovation, educating our students for the 21st century. We are therefore pleased to be working with Huawei to create ways of enhancing learning through the innovative uses of technology,” Dr. Kamali said.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for our students in Abu Dhabi to participate in this real-time class broadcast from Dubai as they witness and experience the possibilities of technological advances in education, as part of HCT’s Learning by Doing philosophy. It also demonstrates how HCT is at the forefront of technology integration in its classrooms, allowing students to engage in ‘anywhere, anytime’ learning. This innovation in teaching shows how technology can be used to share ideas and teaching methods, and importantly to engage students in their learning experience,” he added.
Just last year Huawei and HCT announced the conclusion of a related pilot program using Huawei’s Cloud Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) at the HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s College. The project enhances both students' and teachers' access to educational resources by providing easier access to important documents and programs from any computing device. The initial project phase was piloted with 100 students at the Abu Dhabi Men's College and is expected to reach across all the 17 HCT campuses in future phases of deployment.
As part of Huawei’s ongoing cooperation with HCT, the company also makes valuable contributions to the development of the UAE’s national workforce as a member of HCT Foundation’s “HCT-100”. The HCT 100 members’ generosity supports excellence in student learning through the continued enhancement of teaching, research, and resources, as well as direct financial support for those in need.