Heriot-Watt degrees for Azerbaijan

Mr Elmar Gasimov, Head of the Baku Higher Oil School, and Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, sign the agreement, recorded by a team from Azerbaijan television

Heriot-Watt University degrees will be provided to top level petroleum and chemical engineering students in Azerbaijan after a collaborative agreement has been signed between the University and the newly launched Baku Higher Oil School in the county's capital city.

The initial five year contract, worth an estimated £5m, will involve the development and provision of undergraduate degrees in chemical engineering and petroleum engineering to around 400 students over the four year courses. In common with other international programmes delivering Heriot-Watt degrees, the degrees will be tailored to the needs of industry, in this case the oil and gas industry, and at a quality consistent with degrees delivered at the University's own campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia. The University is also playing a capacity building role, bringing rigorous international standards and quality assurance to the new Baku Higher Oil School which will be adopting Heriot-Watt practices and standards.

Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, said, "We are delighted that Heriot-Watt has been chosen as the preferred international partner for the Baku Higher Oil School. Designed specifically to provide top level graduates for the oil industry, this partnership draws on Heriot-Watt's demonstrated strengths in high quality engineering education and our experience of working in partnership with international institutions in academia and industry."