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The Higher College of Technology is one of the Regional Colleges of Technology under the Ministry of Manpower in Oman

Higher College of Technology (HCT) is a public college operated by the Ministry of Manpower of Oman. It was the first Higher Education institution in Oman. Currently, it is the second largest higher education institution in Oman (after SQU) catering for over 10000 students studying in various programs.

Before being renamed and upgraded as such in 2001, HCT was known as Oman Technical Industrial College (OTIC), established in 1984 at the initiative of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said to educate the citizens of Oman by implementing high quality programs in various fields. There are six other Colleges of Technology which were established in 1993 except the ones in Shinas and Ibri, which were started in 2005 and 2008, respectively. HCT is the only college under the Ministry of Manpower that offers programs at the Bachelor’s Degree level while the other Colleges of Technology offer programs only up to the Higher Diploma level.

The College has grown enormously from an initial student population of about 200 (as OTIC) to the current size of about 12,000. Its facilities have expanded from three initial buildings to a total built-up area of approximately 49700 m2. The College has more than 900 faculty and staff members and an annual intake of about 2,000 students into its foundation program besides transferred students in upper levels. The total student population of seven Colleges of Technology is about 42,000 and annual intake into the foundation program is 10,000 Students.

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