Established in 1988, the Colleges of Higher Technology (HCT) is the most used higher education institution in the UAE, and the first economically accredited university campus, empowered to complete companies in accordance with UAE smart leadership guidelines. About 23,000 students study 16 men’s and women’s campuses in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Dhafra region, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah. Female students make up 63% of the student body, indicating the important role of HCT in preparing Emirati women to contribute effectively to national development in serving their country. Since 1991, HCT has proudly awarded more than 85,000 degrees to graduates of men and women who have successfully applied the higher education they received while studying at HCT.
In 2019, the UAE’s 50-year development towards a brighter future had a clear outcome of the 50-Year Agreement; in terms of the Higher Technology Colleges moving forward in a new way, with the launch of the HCT 4.0 – Employability & Beyond strategic plan, in line with the instructions of HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Governor of Dubai. Higher Technical Colleges were established in 1988  and are the largest, tertiary institution in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). For the 2019-2020 academic year, there were 14,246 female students and 6,744 male students enrolled in 16 institutions and six academic classes across the country. More than 67,000 UAE people have graduated from the center. Since 1991, HCT has issued 92,226 degrees, with a total of 67,913 degrees.
HCT provides post-secondary education through more than 70 programs in the fields of business, education, engineering technology, computer and information science, application science and health sciences. Under the HCT education hybrid model, students may qualify for both academic qualifications and career-related career qualifications. English is used as the language of instruction, gathering knowledge from around the world. in the 2020-2020 academic year, HCT recruited 1164 faculty members and 948 uneducated staff. The HCT has formal relationships with a number of tertiary institutions and training institutions, as well as corporate and local and international corporate partnerships. Some programs have international accreditation: for example, HCT’s Bachelor of Education degree was also developed, and certified by the University of Melbourne. As part of building international cooperation, HCT established the Global Applied Education Network (GAEN). CERT (Center for Excellence for Applied Research and Training) is a commercial college of Technical Colleges, which develops and provides education, training and applied technology to public and private sector clients, since 1996. 
HCT Councilor H. Nasser Bin Thani Juma Al Hamli, Minister of Labor and Emiratization. Dr Tayeb A. Kamali was appointed Vice Chancellor in June 2005. On March 17, 2015 Dr Abdullatif Al Shamsi was appointed Vice Chancellor of HCT, Federal Decree. Drs. Abdullatif Al Shamsi is now the President and CEO of HCT. There are 16 campuses across the country, with various colleges for male and female students, in the cities of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras Al Khaimah and Sharjah, as well as in the Al Dhafrah district of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. The central management of HCT is based in Abu Dhabi and includes the Office of the President and CEO, Academic Central Services, and a number of departments under the Departments of Education, Labor, General Services, Education Technology, Finance, Contract Procurement, Strategy & Future and Communications .
Colleges of Technology have revived their strategic plan for 2017-2021. This is reviewed by HCT 4.0, in line with the aspirations of the future and the vision of the wise leadership of the UAE to ensure ‘Technical Leaders’, ‘Graduate Entrepreneurs’ and ‘No Emiratis Left Behind’. Provide academic and professional education to prepare graduates to meet the needs of the field. To prepare UAE national graduates who will contribute to the growth of Emiratization in the private sector, while promoting entrepreneurship.
Vision & Mission
Higher Technology Colleges is a leading institution of higher education in empowering generations to participate in building the future of the UAE.Provide higher education used to equip future generations with knowledge, skills and competencies that meet international standards and the future needs of the UAE sector and society.
In 1985, H. Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University, has made a commitment to establish a new post-higher education program for the UAE Nationals that will emphasize the goals of productivity, independence and hard work. In 1988, Federal Law No. 2 established Colleges of Advanced Technology (HCT).
HCT-Sharjah Campuses Men and Women
HCT-Sharjah campuses are two of the 16 colleges that enroll in Higher Technical Colleges (HCT) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Sharjah Women’s Campus (SJW) was established in 1997  and the Sharjah Men’s campus (SJM) in 1998. Located at the University of Sharjah, with various male and female campuses, SJM and SJW serve the post-secondary education needs of three neighboring chiefs in Sharjah, Ajman, and Umm Al Quwain. Enrollment in the women’s and men’s institutions for the 2019-20 academic year was 3,197 and 1325 respectively. The HCT-Sharjah campuses work with more than 370 staff members from more than 25 different countries. HCT-Sharjah campuses offer diploma, diploma, and bachelor-level programs in Applied Media, Business, Education, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, and Computer Information Science. . The colleges have services that include well-equipped computer and other devoted workrooms, an auditorium, a planetarium, and Olympic-size sports amenities.