UK Minister for Exports Visits Heriot-Watt University Dubai

  • Mike Freer, Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities, toured the campus and met with students

13 December 2021, Dubai, UAE: Heriot-Watt University Dubai welcomed Mike Freer, UK’s Minister for Exports and Minister for Equalities, this week. The visit was part of a wider programme that included the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Speaking about his visit Mike Freer, said, “I was delighted to visit Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus in Knowledge Park this morning. The site is another prime example of the UK’s excellence in education. The Dubai campus offers transnational education programmes that are designed, delivered, and quality-assured to the UK’s own rigorous standards. These programmes lead to a UK degree as well provide a pathway to the UK at a later date. Education is a tie that binds the UK and the UAE, and in the future, we hope to see this link strengthen even further, equipping graduates with skills and qualifications that will make them successful in the workplace.”

Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost and Vice Principal at Heriot-Watt University Dubai said, “We were honoured to host Minister Mike Freer at our new Dubai campus. His visit was truly inspiring as we discussed transnational education and growth possibilities in the coming years. Heriot-Watt University has been instrumental in encouraging transnational education in several ways, such as through our Go Global initiative that allows international transfer of students. As a globally connected university, we collaborate closely with our colleagues in the UK and Malaysia to build synergies and enable knowledge sharing while facilitating access to quality UK education to students from the UAE. Minister Freer’s visit was very welcome as we look to cultivate and develop the transnational education corridor here.”

During the visit, Mike Freer toured the campus and viewed the facilities including the innovation, architecture and designs hubs. He was accompanied by Heriot-Watt University Dubai’s leadership team and also met with Student Council members.

Transnational education helps develop local skills, reduce capital outflow, brain drain, and pressure on the local education system. It offers a greater variety of choice for students as well as provides an opportunity for working professionals to upgrade their qualifications while working full time. Being fully cognizant of these facts, universities are now creating customised learning outcomes that address local needs, such as the employment market and national priorities for graduate skills, as well as global needs, such as global citizenship that will contribute to the competitiveness of transnational education and resulting in student employability.UAE has become a significant education hub for students from the UK and vice-versa. In the last academic year, over 6000 UAE students moved to join higher education institutes in the UK and over 14000 UAE students opted for UK degrees in the UAE, via the transnational education route.

Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai campus has been consistently ranked as a top provider of higher education, ranging from teaching excellence and research performance to student satisfaction and graduate employability. The KHDA Higher Education Classification (in partnership with QS) has awarded Heriot-Watt University Dubai a five-star rating in 2019 and 2020.

With an extensive offer of foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across several specialities, Heriot-Watt represents a destination of choice for students wishing to meet the demands of local business and growth industries. Heriot-Watt graduates are armed with excellent classroom knowledge, cross-functional skills, and practical experience required for developing a lucrative career in their chosen field.

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About Heriot-Watt University Dubai                                                           

As the first British university to set up a campus in Dubai in 2005, and the only one with a five-star accreditation by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Heriot-Watt University Dubai has established itself as a pioneer in the higher education market in the UAE. The University’s reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research combined with its strong links to business and industry, has seen it attract a thriving population of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai offers an extensive range of programmes and disciplines, spanning postgraduate and undergraduate courses. Heriot-Watt graduates are highly employable and sought after by the best organizations worldwide, with over 90% in graduate level jobs or further study within six months of graduation.

For more information, please visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/dubai.htm