A global university
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