The best practice presented is a program for embedding Professional Certifications and Qualifications (PCQ) into the academic curriculum to enhance graduates' competitive advantage in the UAE job market. The Program commenced in August 2016 as Strategic Initiative, as part of the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) 2016/2020 Strategic Plan. HCT PCQ Embedding Program mandates the embedding of UAE-relevant PCQs in HCT Academically Accredited curriculum to enhance graduates' competitive advantage in the UAE job market with a number of PCQs, in addition to their Academic Degrees. As of 2022, 62 out of our 66 Academic Programs embed 39 PCQs.

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