Heriot-Watt graduation ceremony honours experts in business innovation, education and energy



Prominent figures in education, business and industry will be honoured at Heriot-Watt University’s autumn graduation ceremonies this week.


Thousands of students and proud family members from across the world will attend the annual ceremony held over two days in the Edinburgh campus. Students will receive their Masters and PhDs in high-impact subjects across the breadth of the University’s research, from engineering and physical sciences, to textiles and design, energy and infrastructure.


Professor David Teece, a professor in global business at the University of California’s Haas School of Business (Berkeley), is among this year’s honorary graduates. Professor Teece is head of the Berkeley Research Group, which advises Fortune 500 companies, governments and regulatory bodies around the world. It was named one of America’s best management consulting firms by Forbes.


Professor Teece has authored over 30 books and has been named by Accenture as one of the top 50 business intellectuals.


Elizabeth Rio Watt, Governor of Heriot-Watt University, will also receive an honorary degree for her contribution to higher education in Scotland, and specifically her leadership and innovation at Heriot-Watt.


Professor George Stewart will be recognised for his contribution to the oil and gas industry over 50 years. An expert in upstream oil and gas, and a specialist reservoir engineer, Professor Stewart has taught in Scotland and at the University of Texas, Austin and now provides teaching and consultancy to the energy sector.

Professor Richard A. Williams, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, said: “We congratulate all of our graduates on their achievements.
“We are a truly international University with over 30,000 students from around the world.  We are proud of all our graduates, who have a distinctive, global outlook, and an ability to be leaders in ideas and solutions to real world challenges.  We hope all our graduates, family and friends thoroughly enjoy their day.”

In October, Heriot-Watt was named International University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times.


It was selected for its global presence, operating as an integrated international university across five campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia.  Heriot-Watt University has partner institutions in 150 countries and over 140,000 alumni worldwide.