Great ex­pec­ta­tions for var­sity

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aRE­CENT visit to the new Malaysian cam­pus in Putrajaya by the chan­cel­lor, vice-chan­cel­lor and chair­man of court of He­riot-Watt Univer­sity pro­duced en­thu­si­as­tic re­sponse for its fu­ture here.

“It’s just fan­tas­tic and it’s go­ing to be an iconic build­ing that He­riot-Watt Univer­sity is go­ing to be im­mensely proud of,” said He­riot-Watt Univer­sity chan­cel­lor Dr Robert M.Buchan, who was in Malaysia as part of the del­e­ga­tion to meet the Malaysian-based staff, stu­dents, alumni and lo­cal of­fi­cials.

Along with Dr Buchan was chair­man of court Lord Penrose, who heads the univer­sity’s gov­ern­ing board, who was also im­pressed with the progress of He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia as well as the prin­ci­pal and vicechan­cel­lor Pro­fes­sor Steve Chap­man.

“Hav­ing our Malaysian cam­pus in Putrajaya makes per­fect sense be­cause of the lo­ca­tion, its beau­ti­ful lake­side set­ting and prox­im­ity to the seat of govern­ment,” says Pro­fes­sor Chap­man.

“Malaysia is hun­gry for higher ed­u­ca­tion and the new cam­pus will be of­fer­ing the best of Bri­tish ed­u­ca­tion where the grad­u­ates will have a very high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate.”

The univer­sity’s high em­ploy­a­bil­ity rate is one of the main rea­sons why it has been con­tin­u­ously ris­ing in ex­cel­lent re­sults in the UK league ta­ble along with its in­no­va­tion, in­vest­ment and am­bi­tious plans that have in­cluded cre­at­ing an over­seas cam­pus in Dubai and Malaysia.

“Stu­dents ap­ply for He­riot-Watt be­cause they are at­tracted to the univer­sity’s highly prized pro­fes­sion-based cour­ses and leadingedge re­search, which see em­ploy­ers com­pete for our grad­u­ates,” says Pro­fes­sor Chap­man.

“The cour­ses and ex­ams con­ducted in Malaysia will be iden­ti­cal. We are also get­ting the best aca­demics for the cam­pus and would not hire any­one for Malaysia which we would not also hire for our Ed­in­burgh cam­pus.”

Sched­uled to open in Septem­ber 2014, the new state-of-the-art, green, pur­pose-built He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia cam­pus will have a ca­pac­ity of 4,000 stu­dents.

With a his­tory dat­ing back to 1821, He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity has es­tab­lished a rep­u­ta­tion for world-class teach­ing and prac­ti­cal, lead­ing-edge re­search that has made it one of the top UK uni­ver­si­ties for busi­ness and in­dus­try. The qual­ity of He­riot-Watt Univer­sity’s de­grees make em­ploy­ers ac­tively seek out its grad­u­ates and that’s good news for Malaysians who want a high-qual­ity UK de­gree but pre­fer to study closer to home.

In fact, the stu­dent learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence at He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia’s (HWUM) Putrajaya Cam­pus will vary lit­tle from those at the Ed­in­burgh cam­pus.

The cur­ricu­lum is iden­ti­cal, the aca­demic rigours and de­mand will be just as tough, and they will have the same ac­cess as the UK cam­pus stu­dents to li­brary and on­line sup­port. The de­gree is the same and both flex­i­ble part-time and full-time modes of study are avail­able.

The aca­demic staff mem­bers will be a mix of lec­tur­ers from the United King­dom and around the world, to­gether with highly qual­i­fied Malaysian-based lec­tur­ers who will pro­vide lo­calised per­spec­tives.

The MSc En­ergy, MSc Re­new­able En­ergy En­gi­neer­ing, MSc Con­struc­tion Project Man­age­ment, MSc Quan­tity Sur­vey­ing and MSc Pe­tro­leum En­gi­neer­ing cour­ses of­fered by HWUM fea­ture solid tech­ni­cal as­pects of en­gi­neer­ing com­ple­mented by a strong el­e­ment of sus­tain­abil­ity to pro­duce grad­u­ates equipped to re­duce mankind’s im­pact on the planet.

In ad­di­tion to the tech­ni­cal de­grees, He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity Malaysia is also of­fer­ing the MSc In­ter­na­tional Busi­ness Man­age­ment, MSc Busi­ness Psychology and the world’s most pop­u­lar MBA pro­gramme from Ed­in­burgh Busi­ness School.

For de­tails, log on to www.hw.edu.my or call 03-8881 0918.

Pro­fes­sor Chap­man says that stu­dents ap­ply for He­riot-Watt be­cause they are at­tracted to the univer­sity’s highly prized pro­fes­sion-based cour­ses and lead­ing-edge re­search.

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