A global uni­ver­sity

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ES­TAB­LISHED in the 1800s, He­riot- Watt Uni­ver­sity is a lead­ing Bri­tish in­sti­tu­tion noted for its pro­fes­sion­ally rel­e­vant pro­grammes.

Through the years, the uni­ver­sity has proven its merit in var­i­ous fields, in­clud­ing en­gi­neer­ing, the built en­vi­ron­ment and busi­ness, among others. This is cor­rob­o­rated by the many ac­co­lades it has re­ceived.

For in­stance, He­riot- Watt was ranked 27th in the United King­dom and third in Scot­land by

Ta­ble of Ta­bles this year.

Ad­di­tion­ally, some of the uni­ver­sity’s cour­ses, such as chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, chem­istry, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and mar­ket­ing, were ranked in the top 10 among UK uni­ver­si­ties as well as first in Scot­land, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Stu­dent Sur­vey 2015.

He­riot- Watt has suc­cess­fully ex­panded its reach over the years and now op­er­ates five cam­puses: three in the UK, one in Dubai and one in Malaysia.

He­riot- Watt Uni­ver­sity Malaysia cur­rently of­fers pro­grammes at the foun­da­tion, un­der­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate lev­els.

Apart from that, the uni­ver­sity ac­cepts both lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional qual­i­fi­ca­tions such as the In­ter­na­tional Gen­eral Cer­tifi­cate of Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion ( IGCSE), O- Lev­els and In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate ( IB) for its pro­grammes.

Ak­mal Rafiq Arif­fen, an IB grad­u­ate who is cur­rently pur­su­ing the uni­ver­sity’s un­der­grad­u­ate chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing pro­gramme, has cho­sen He­riot- Watt Uni­ver­sity Malaysia be­cause he be­lieves that the uni­ver­sity would help en­hance his ca­reer prospects.

“He­riot- Watt Uni­ver­sity of­fers a promis­ing chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing de­gree that ful­fils not just the aca­demic re­quire­ments to be­come an engi­neer, but pro­vides the se­cu­rity of land­ing a job or in­tern­ship as well,” he says.

“The uni­ver­sity pro­vides the op­tion of an en­hanced de­gree where I can ob­tain an MEng de­gree in four years. The uni­ver­sity will un­de­ni­ably in­crease my ca­reer prospects, but to be more prag­matic, my de­gree will be worth as much as I make of it.”

The uni­ver­sity’s mul­ti­ple cam­puses have opened up trans­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents. With the launch of He­riot- Watt’s Go Global pro­gramme, stu­dents have even more flex­i­bil­ity in terms of when to trans­fer and the du­ra­tion of trans­fer.

As the cur­ric­ula have been stan­dard­ised across the uni­ver­sity’s cam­puses, there is lit­tle to no aca­demic bar­ri­ers for cam­pus trans­fers; stu­dents can trans­fer as long as their pro­gramme is of­fered at the cam­pus of choice.

It was this prospect of an in­ter­na­tional study ex­pe­ri­ence that prompted Florence Ong Woei Yng to pur­sue her stud­ies at He­ri­otWatt Uni­ver­sity.

Ong, who is cur­rently a thirdyear stu­dent in the uni­ver­sity’s un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme, started her stud­ies at He­riot- Watt Uni­ver­sity Malaysia be­fore trans­fer­ring to the Ed­in­burgh cam­pus last year.

“There is only a hand­ful of for­eign branch cam­puses in Malaysia of­fer­ing ex­change and trans­fer pro­grammes. He­riot- Watt Uni­ver­sity goes a step fur­ther, teach­ing the same syl­labus across all of its cam­puses. This elim­i­nates prob­lems such as in­com­pat­i­ble cour­ses or sub­jects and in­suf­fi­cient credit trans­fers. I would en­cour­age stu­dents out there to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity. “Liv­ing the life of a stu­dent in two en­tirely dif­fer­ent worlds teaches you to be in­de­pen­dent and have self- dis­ci­pline and per­se­ver­ance. It will push you be­yond your com­fort zone and you’ll be amazed by what you can ac­tu­ally achieve. It will be an eye- open­ing and life- chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­com­ing a global stu­dent is by far the best de­ci­sion I’ve made,” she says.

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Ong, who is pur­su­ing the uni­ver­sity’s chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing pro­gramme, was able to trans­fer seam­lessly to He­riot- Watt’s UK cam­pus thanks to the uni­ver­sity‘ s Go Global pro­gramme.

Ak­mal Rafiq Arif­fen

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