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Heriot Watt University Dubai

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Established  2005
Number of students  3,700
Chancellor  Robert Buchan
Vice Principal (Dubai)  Professor Ammar Kaka
Phone  +971 4 361 6999
Founded  2005
Heriot-Watt University Dubai
Principal  Professor Richard Williams
Location  Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Address  Dubai International Academic City - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
Similar  Heriot‑Watt University, University of Wollongo, British University in Dubai, Birla Institute of Technolo, Canadian University of Dubai

Heriot-Watt University Dubai is a branch campus of Heriot-Watt University based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Established in 2005, it was the first campus of an overseas university to open in Dubai International Academic City.



Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus opened initially in 2005 at the Dubai International Academic City University Complex. It originally started with 120 students, with plans to increase the number to 1,500 students within a 5-year time frame. However, the pace of its expansion outstripped this projection, and by 2010 it had reached its original capacity of 2,000 students.

Construction of Heriot-Watt University's purpose-built campus in Dubai International Academic City began in 2010. This state of the art campus officially opened on 3 November 2011, increasing the capacity of Heriot-Watt Dubai Campus to 4,500 students.

In 2013 Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus opened its phase 2 campus extension boasting a 700-seater auditorium, male and female onsite accommodation, food court, gymnasium, indoor games room, food court, convenience store, and beauty salon.

As one of Dubai's most successful international higher education providers, the student population has now grown to 3,700, with students from more than 90 different countries studying at the campus.

Campus ands Campus Life

Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus is located on the Academic City Road in Dubai International Academic City, approximately 20 minutes from the city's business district. Phase 1 of the campus consists of a three-floor building containing of numerous classrooms, IT lab facilities, mechanical, automotive, civil and electrical and electronic engineering labs, a library and fashion and interior design studios, in addition to outdoor sports facilities including basketball, tennis and volleyball courts.

Phase 2 of the Campus offers a wider variety of facilities for the students, including a 700-seat auditorium, an indoor games room, a food court, a gymnasium, a convenience store, a quiet study area for students to use and onsite male and female student accommodation.

At the Dubai Campus, students work in a supportive and positive learning environment that will ensure they can make the best of their time at the University. A range of support services are offered, with friendly and approachable staff who are able to provide students with the advice, support and information they need.

Guaranteed tuition fee packages, interest free installment plans and opportunities for scholarships are also available to support students in the financing of their degrees.

Student activities and events are organized by the Student Council in collaboration with the student body at Heriot Watt University. The Student Council is headed by the Student President who is elected on an annual basis by Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus Students. The Student Council makes the major decisions regarding student activities. These include the annual Watt Fest, Ethnic Days, Scottish Highland Games, charity drives, picnics etc.

The list of Student Presidents :

  • Safiya Salim, 2010/2011
  • Chris Burgogne, 2011/2012
  • Toby Toms Skaria, 2012/2013, 2013/2014
  • Olivia Gonçalvès, 2014/2015
  • Hrishi Ganesh K Nair, 2015/2016
  • Courses

    One of the first higher education providers to be licensed by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai (KHDA), Heriot-Watt's degrees are also accredited by Royal Charter in the UK. While the campus initially offered business, management, engineering and information technology programmes, it now offers more than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate (Master's degree and PhD) programmes across the following schools:

  • The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
  • The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences
  • The School of Social Sciences
  • The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • The School of Textiles and Design
  • The Edinburgh Business School
  • At the Dubai Campus, students gain a degree that is taught and examined to the same exacting standards as on the university's UK campuses. All of the programmes are taught by Heriot-Watt's own faculty, the majority of whom are permanently located in Dubai, supplemented by visiting experts in key fields.

    With strong links to industry and business, the university takes pride in developing and educating future leaders, managers and innovators. With many of the programmes on offer recognised by the relevant professional associations and institutes, a Heriot-Watt University degree is professionally valued and Heriot-Watt graduates are highly sought after by employers. Many of the university's 77,000 alumni are working in key positions. Graduates also have the benefit of 'Watt Club' membership. This offers social events and networking opportunities.

    One unusual feature of many of the degree programmes is the option of inter-campus transfers to Heriot-Watt University's other campuses. Under the banner of the 'Go Global' scheme, students who commence their studies with Heriot-Watt University in Dubai can choose to spend a semester or a year at the one or more of the university's other campuses in Scotland or Malaysia. Students starting courses in Scotland or Malaysia can also transfer to Dubai. This is possible because Heriot-Watt University degree programmes are exactly the same at each campus.


    Heriot-Watt University Dubai Wikipedia