The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Access the world's leading youth achievement award for all 14 to 24 year olds. We are proud to be the only university licensed as an Independent Award Centre to deliver the Award exclusively for all enrolled students at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.


Award Objective

The overall objective of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is the holistic development of young people through participation and recognition in the four sections of the Award: Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation, Skills and Adventurous Journey. 

Through non-formal education in a range of community settings, the scheme equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their individual achievements. 

The EmPOWER programme at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia is one of the initiatives that embeds Positive Education practices and philosophies. Partnering with The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award extends further opportunities for our EmPOWER students to be part of an established global community and receive an internationally-accredited award.


Award Sections

The Voluntary Service section encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community. Be inspired by what our students have achieved!

The Physical Recreation section encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness. 

The Skills section encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills. 

The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment. 


Find out more

We have an Award Coordinator and staff members trained as Award Leaders with specific knowledge and skill to deliver the Award. The Award Leader is responsible for engaging young people in their Award programme, inspiring, guiding and assisting them from start through to completion.

Entry requirements: The Award is available to all enrolled students aged 24 and below.  

To register: Please contact Dr. Lee Chia Ping for further details. Charges may apply. 

Visit The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award website. 
Visit The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Malaysia website.  

His Royal Highness, The Prince Edward at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

HRH The Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex and Earl of Forfar, KG GCVO was at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia on 11 September 2019 to launch an MBA partnership between the Edinburgh Business School and The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation.