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Heriot-Watt University has been named International University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

It is the first time International University of the Year has been a category in the prestigious awards, which are regarded as the most authoritative in the UK.

Heriot-Watt was selected as International University of the Year in recognition of its truly global presence and impact: the University has five global campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia, partners in 150 countries and over 30,000 students worldwide.

Alastair McCall, editor of The Sunday Times Good University Guide, said: ""Heriot-Watt has done more than most in spreading the good name of British - and in particular Scottish - higher education across the globe. With 30,000 students around the world studying for Heriot-Watt degrees - just 11,000 of them in Edinburgh - a Heriot-Watt degree is truly a global currency.

"With high-quality, new campuses in Malaysia and Dubai, Heriot-Watt students have outstanding opportunities to study abroad as part of their degree, while the overseas campuses also provide openings for students to travel in the opposite direction and experience Edinburgh first-hand. More than most, Heriot-Watt has embraced the world view that marks out the finest higher education, making it our International University of the Year."

With 30,000 students around the world studying for Heriot-Watt degrees - just 11,000 of them in Edinburgh - a Heriot-Watt degree is truly a global currency.

Alastair McCall, Editor of the Sunday Times Good University Guide

Professor Richard A. Williams OBE, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University, said: “Heriot-Watt University is like no other!  It operates as an integrated global university across three countries and offers students and staff exceptional opportunities for mobility in their education and research.  Graduates are culturally aware and highly sought after by organisations around the world.

“Our whole community receives tremendous benefits from our global outlook, whether learning on one or more of our campuses across the world, or working with world-leading academics on challenge-led research that actively supports delivery of sustainable development goals.”

The International University of the Year award comes just weeks after Heriot-Watt was named as one of the top 400 universities worldwide in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked among the top 500 universities in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU).