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At DCT we aim to provide our students with multiple support mechanisms and services in order to accommodate their various needs throughout their academic life and beyond. Students at Dubai College of Tourism are all treated as individuals and staff work hard to ensure their education and support is tailored to their needs.
Student Well-being Support
College life can sometimes seem daunting and stressful, but don't worry. At DCT, we are extremely mindful of student well-being and conscious of the issues which can impact not only their academic performance but also their personal and emotional welfare. To support students, DCT has a designated student well-being lead who is focused on developing a nurturing, supportive and inclusive environment ensuring student success whether it's academic, social, emotional or health related.
The student well-being lead is available on campus to provide personal counseling and coaching services. The student well-being lead provides students with tolls and techniques to cope with the challenges they are facing. If a student requires more specialised support, the student well-being lead will guide them to external professionals or services for more specialised support.
For students who require specific learning support, the student well-being lead will use provided psychologist reports along with input from parents and support teachers to make sure any additional teaching and learning provisions are made.
At DCT, every student is assigned a designated 'Academic Advisor' for their programme at the start of their journey with DCT. The role of an Academic Advisor is to guide and help the students with forming and achieving their academic goals. The Academic Advisor is someone students can approach for any academic concerns and challenges such as; difficulty in learning certain modules, adapting to certain teaching methodologies and styles, preparing their study plans, participating in various academic activities, college policies, using various learning tools and resources. Academic Advisors meet with their students at least once per term and are available for students should they need any additional support during their academic journey.
Orientation forms and integral part of a student journey at DCT, during which the student has an opportunity to:
The student council is an essential part of the student life at DCT. The council is reconstituted through student elections each year. It's primary function is to provide a means by which students and teachers can work together on an agenda of college life improvement. The purpose of the Council is to afford students and staff the experience of shared responsibility and decision making on matters of importance to the life of the college, with activities ranging from inputting and reviewing policies to building student engagement through the formation of various activities, clubs, projects and forums.
Experiential learning is a vital component of the vocational education at DCT and provides students with essential hands-on experience and industry exposure to prepare them for the world of work. This learning comes in the form of regular site visits, industry speakers, volunteering and mandatory internships.
It's not just theoretical grasp, but also practical, working knowledge that sets you on the path to career success. At DCT, our USP lies in providing our students with hands-on training from industry professionals, personalised mentoring from teachers and counselors and the working internships before graduating.
DCT guarantees a 6-week industry internship to all eligible Certificate level students and 4-month in each of the two years to all eligible Advanced Diploma level students. They are mandatory for all students because they put into practice the skills and ideas learnt in class. They are Credit Bearing, and therefore essential in order to graduate.
Internships not only allow students to apply skills they learnt in the classroom to the real-life environment, but also enable them to start their career with greater ability and confidence.
The process of preparing the students for an internship starts from day one, where they meet the Experiential Learning Manager from DCT to understand the expectations and requirements of the Internship programme.
The DCT vocational programmes include:
Site visits: Students enjoy observing how their learning is practiced in the professional environment through visits to some of Dubai’s most prestigious hotels, event venues and tourism attractions. Culinary students visit a multitude of professional kitchens, markets and farms.
Industry Speakers: Through-out each programme of study students are exposed to a range of guest speakers from the industry who typically visit the college and enlighten the students with their knowledge and experience. This provides students with great insights as well as provides them with phenomenal networking opportunities.
Volunteering: All students at DCT are given the opportunity to participate in a series of volunteering opportunities at some of the most prestigious events in Dubai and the UAE. Previous opportunities have included: Arab Fashion Week, Formula One, Arabian Travel Market, Dubai Fitness Challenge, Dubai Food Festival and Dubai World Cup.
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