The President of Trinidad & Tobago was a guest of honour on Saturday 5 February at an inaugural graduation ceremony for Heriot-Watt University students, held at the Regency Hyatt Hotel in Trinidad.
His Excellency, President George Maxwell Richards, himself an honorary graduate of Heriot-Watt, joined Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, to see around 250 students graduate in a range of programmes from Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Business School, the School of the Built Environment and the School of Management & Languages, all delivered through the University's Academic Learning Partners.
Professor Chapman also marked the occasion by announcing the extended programme of degrees that will be available from the start of the new academic year.
Students will be able to study additional programmes, including:
- MSc in Marketing, Human Resource Management, Financial Management & Strategic Planning
- MBA (Master of Business Administration)
- DBA (Doctor of Business Administration)
- BSc in Construction Project Management
- Pg Diploma in Safety Risk Management
- MSc in Civil Engineering & Construction Management
- BA in Management & Psychology
- MSc in Business Psychology
Our programmes are provided in partnership with many overseas colleges and universities, high quality institutions that share our vision for the advancement of international education
The move will support and build on Heriot-Watt's continued efforts to provide flexible learning opportunities overseas, establish solid relationships between partnering countries and offer graduates the chance to use their knowledge and skills in the development of industry and business in countries all over the world.
Heriot-Watt's overseas programmes
Professor Chapman said, "Our programmes are provided in partnership with many overseas colleges and universities, high quality institutions that share our vision for the advancement of international education. We could not have achieved the success we are celebrating today if it were not for these Academic Learning Partners.
"Through both the current and future degree programmes available, it is fantastic to know that part of the West Indies' future success will be, in some part, in the hands of Heriot-Watt graduates and I am incredibly proud to be here today to share in our students achievements."
Successful academic partnerships
Dr Robin Maraj, Executive Director of the School of Business and Computer Science in Trinidad said: "Our strategic partnership with Heriot-Watt University commenced in 1994 and since then, it has grown from strength to strength.
Heriot-Watt University is now a permanent fixture in the higher education landscape of Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean region, providing an unrivalled level of academic quality and flexibility
"We are delighted to be part of this auspicious event and offer our heartfelt congratulations to the many graduates who are celebrating their achievements today.
"Heriot-Watt University is now a permanent fixture in the higher education landscape of Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean region, providing an unrivalled level of academic quality and flexibility. The University's strength lies in its ability to offer students a variety of pathways to academic awards and we are delighted to be working with them and continuing to build on partner country relations."
Keith McDonald, Executive Chairman of the School of Higher Education Ltd in Trinidad, added, "The success of our partnership is reflected in the level of pass rates achieved and the growing demand for programmes which we are working hard to accommodate.
"It is vital for us to continue to create solid relationships to enable the stars of the future gain the academic qualifications which will help them achieve their potential. This is a very exciting time and I am delighted that we will soon be able to deliver even more choice for students."