Plant­ing the seeds for fu­ture suc­cess

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“WHEN I found out that He­ri­otWatt Univer­sity is the world’s first me­chan­ics’ in­sti­tute, I was keen to know more. As an as­pir­ing en­gi­neer, it made me trust that He­riot-Watt Univer­sity had the abil­ity to pro­vide me with the ed­u­ca­tion level I needed,” said Muham­mad Akid Luq­man Mohd Sidek.

Muham­mad Akid is a Foun­da­tion in Science stu­dent at He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia.

When asked how the pro­gramme had helped him, he replied: “It has been very help­ful in pre­par­ing me with the core ba­sics that I know will con­trib­ute to the re­al­i­sa­tion of my ca­reer.

“The sys­tem­atic and or­gan­ised syl­labus makes learn­ing eas­ier and helps me gain con­fi­dence about what I’m study­ing.”

He­riot-Watt Univer­sity stands above the oth­ers as the In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity of the Year, as awarded by The Times and Sun­day Times Good Univer­sity Guide 2018.

It also ranks among the top 150 uni­ver­si­ties world­wide for chem­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and civil and struc­tural en­gi­neer­ing, ac­cord­ing to the QS World Univer­sity Rank­ings by Sub­ject 2017.

As a promi­nent provider of pro­fes­sion­ally ori­en­tated ed­u­ca­tion, knowl­edge trans­fer and re­search, He­riot-Watt of­fers a myr­iad of pro­grammes at the foun­da­tion and un­der­grad­u­ate lev­els.

“The cour­ses in our foun­da­tion pro­grammes are de­signed to pre­pare stu­dents with the knowl­edge and skills re­quired to en­able them to ex­cel in the un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes,” said He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia Foun­da­tion Pro­gramme head As­soc Prof Dr Jas­mine Low.

“We place em­pha­sis on the de­vel­op­ment of skills such as English lit­er­acy and crit­i­cal think­ing, which will pro­vide a good start to­ward be­com­ing suc­cess­ful and em­ploy­able grad­u­ates in the fu­ture.”

He­riot-Watt Univer­sity aca­demi­cians not only work to equip stu­dents to face the chal­lenges of the ever-chang­ing world, but ul­ti­mately aim to pro­vide a plat­form to launch stu­dents to­ward achiev­ing their am­bi­tions.

The Youth Trans­for­ma­tion Pro­gramme (YTP) is one such project de­vel­oped in line with He­riot-Watt Univer­sity’s ded­i­ca­tion to­wards de­vel­op­ing stu­dents’ po­ten­tial.

The pro­gramme, crafted for SPM/O-Level school-leavers, aims to push their po­ten­tial in ar­eas such as cre­ativ­ity, in­no­va­tion, crit­i­cal think­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Muham­mad Akid en­cour­ages those in­ter­ested to en­rol in He­riot-Watt Univer­sity.

“I rec­om­mend at­tend­ing the Open Days to get a bet­ter idea of the cour­ses, fa­cil­i­ties and train­ing pro­vided.

“For SPM school-leavers or the equiv­a­lent, I highly rec­om­mend the YTP,” he said.

■ To find out more on the univer­sity’s foun­da­tion and un­der­grad­u­ate pro­grammes, YTP and other pro­grammes or schol­ar­ships on of­fer, visit He­riot-Watt Univer­sity’s Putrajaya cam­pus dur­ing its Open Days on March 24 and 25, or dur­ing con­sul­ta­tion hours from 9am to 5pm (Mon­day to Fri­day) and 10am to 4pm (Satur­day).

Also, log on to or call 03-8894 3888 or e-mail

More de­tails on the YTP are also avail­able at https://in­take.

The next YTP ses­sion is sched­uled for April 16.

He­riot-Watt Univer­sity was es­tab­lished in 1821 as the world’s first me­chan­ics’ in­sti­tute and now has five cam­puses in Ed­in­burgh, the Scot­tish Bor­ders, Orkney, Dubai and Putrajaya.

Muham­mad Akid is cur­rently pur­su­ing the Foun­da­tion in Science pro­gramme at He­riot-Watt Univer­sity Malaysia.

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