First Scottish academic institution in the city

DUBAI — The Dubai campus of Heriot-Watt University (HWU), Scotland's premier higher education institution, was formally opened at the Academic City yesterday with the symbolic lighting of a lamp by Member of Scottish Parliament and Minister of Finance and Public Service Reform, Tom McCabe.

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Published: Fri 31 Mar 2006, 11:16 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

The minister also unveiled a plaque highlighting the academic courses to be offered on the institution's third branch campus and the first outside Scotland.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, McCabe said he was happy to see the first Scottish academic institution opening in Dubai.

“It is a significant development for Scotland and Scottish higher education system,” he said, adding, the Scottish universities have a long established history and Scotland boasts of having one of the oldest universities in the world.

Also speaking on the occasion, Professor Brian Smart, HWU's Deputy Principal. Prof. Brian announced the institution's plans to launch a number of undergraduate and graduate programmes. They include undergraduate courses in management, information technology and engineering as well as postgraduate courses in construction management, facilities management, food science, applied mathematics, petroleum engineering and other related areas.

Ranked number three in Scotland and among the top third of UK universities, HWU's Dubai campus which opened last September currently offers three undergraduate courses to some 160 students.

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