Heriot-Watt has been given an 'Academia in Africa Recognition Award' by the African Forum Scotland (AFS) in recognition of the University's work and research in Africa.
The award was presented to Professor Robert MacIntosh, Head of the School of Management and Languages, at a ceremony in Glasgow. The annual African Achievement Awards recognise prominent African Scots and Scottish businesses for their proactive participation and support of Africa and their endeavours in growing African public and private sectors.
Beltus Etchu Ojong, CEO of AFS, said, “This award recognises the immense contribution that the talented teams from Heriot-Watt University continue to make to help grow and encourage the transforming phenomenon in Africa known as 'Trade not Aid'. We wish to acknowledge your commitment to the continent by conferring this award and help sustain your ongoing commitment and inspire you to help develop the continent even further.”
Professor MacIntosh said, “Heriot-Watt has developed strong links over the years with Africa. African students study at our campuses in Scotland, Dubai and Malaysia and via our learning programmes and we work with a wide range of teaching and research partners across the continent. The Maths department is very actively involved with the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in South Africa and The Business School has a regional office with two staff in Johannesburg. We are honoured to receive this award and look forward to working with the AFS in the future.”
Heriot-Watt has over 7,000 graduates in Africa and a wide range of teaching and research partners across the continent. The University's Edinburgh Business School is highly engaged in Africa with almost 4,000 active students studying postgraduate management with our teaching partners or as independent learners.
Heriot-Watt has 40 collaborating institutional partners in Africa and over 70 co-authored publications. The top collaborating research partners are Mansoura University in Egypt; the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in South Africa; the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Lagos State University Oio, Nigeria; and University of Cape Town.