Great expectations for varsity
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.