Heriot-watt opens new campus

Heriot-Watt University’s new Dh200 million purpose-built campus welcomed students to its new facility in Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) last week. Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond inaugurated the campus, which is spread over 300,000sq.ft.

Published: Tue 8 Nov 2011, 9:58 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 7:41 AM

The campus has been designed to be modern and eco-friendly, and doubles the level of provision to 4,500 students.

“For centuries, a Scottish education has been much treasured and today it is no different. Heriot-Watt University was the first overseas university to set up in Dubai International Academic City, offering top quality British education to students and executives from the Gulf and further afield,” said Alex Salmond.

Investment in the campus has been supported through the university’s partnership with Eikon International Holding. The university with a total student population of 2,500 has seen an increase in student numbers by 55 per cent over the previous year.

Bespoke fashion labs, design studios, well-equipped engineering laboratories and ICT labs with video-conferencing facilities have all been incorporated into the new facility.

Work on phase two of the campus is currently underway, which will encompass modern student accommodation (with associated food court and banking facilities) and a multi-purpose auditorium with capacity for 800 people.

Development of the new campus will allow expansion of recently introduced courses in Civil Engineering and Construction Management, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Architectural Engineering, Water Resources, Interior Design, Management and Psychology, and Computer Systems.


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