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CIPS re-accredits IT programs at the Higher Colleges of Technology in the United Arab Emirates

Following an accreditation visit to the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in November 2013 by a team of five senior CIPS professionals with experience in academic management and/or I.S. practices, the CIPS Information Systems and Technology Accreditation Council (ISTAC) in March granted full re-accreditation status to all IT programs under review.

On June 5, 2014 the official presentation of the accreditation award took place at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s (HCT) Al Ain campus during the HCT CISAC Festival, celebrating the best in student achievement. Mr. Sameer Ahmed and Ms. Mabelle Sawaqed from the Embassy of Canada Trade Commission in the UAE participated in the celebratory event, and on behalf of CIPS presented the college with a commemorative plaque. “The accreditation effort is a great example of how Canadian businesses can align themselves with this strategic and critically important region. It’s great to see that CIPS was able to play a role in helping to assure the quality of HCT’s programs and provide a benchmark that will promote the mobility of students and faculty. CIPS’s global efforts offer benefits at home as well. As an importer of technical talent and a consumer of global technology, Canada gains from initiatives such as the CIPS accreditation program, which help in ensuring quality workers on the global scale.”, said Ms. Sawaqed. Dr. Peter King, who led the HCT accreditation team, also made a virtual appearance and congratulated the school with the achievement.

For more information on accreditation, contact Gina van Dalen, Manager Professional Standards at

(Left hand corner: Dr. Peter King, HCT Accreditation Team Lead)

(Left to right:  Sameer Ahmed, Mabelle Sawaqed, Trade Commissioners from the Embassy of Canada in UAE,  Dr. Tayeb A. Kamalim, Vice Chancellor, HCT)

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