Heriot-Watt University is participating in a prestigious UK government-led trade delegation to Japan, Indonesia and Malaysia, having announced its development of a £35m international branch campus offering top quality Scottish higher education in Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Heriot-Watt representative, Professor Bob Craik, Vice-Principal (Malaysia) and Provost of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, will be taking the opportunity to brief UK and International government and business and industry representatives and journalists about the international provision of Scottish research and education and Heriot-Watt's global presence. Emphasis is placed on strong industrial links supporting the University's research and educational programmes and the employability of International students studying Heriot-Watt degrees in the UK and abroad.
New Heriot-Watt campus in Putrajaya
Heriot-Watt University was invited to set up the Branch Campus by Putrajaya Holdings, the company responsible for developing the city of Putrajaya as the new administrative capital of Malaysia. A Certificate of Invitation was issued by the Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education in December 2011. Heriot-Watt already has a well-established campus in Dubai, with approaching 3,000 students, as well as 13,000 students studying for Heriot-Watt degrees with partner universities and colleges in 50 countries around the world and through independent distance learning.
As part of its Economic Transformation Programme, the Malaysian Government has recently endorsed the creation of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia as an Entry Point Project, recognising it as a high impact project expected to spur economic growth in national key economic areas of Malaysia and to have a real impact on the life of its citizens.