Heriot-Watt University Dubai Announces New Provost

Heriot-Watt University Dubai Announces New Provost

1 September 2022, Dubai, UAE: Heriot-Watt University Dubai today announced the appointment of Professor Heather J. McGregor, CBE* as the new Provost and Vice Principal for its campus in Dubai Knowledge Park. Previously the Executive Dean of the Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, as well as Professor of Management Practice, Professor McGregor is a qualified accountant and had an earlier career in investment banking. She then spent 17 years as an entrepreneur leading her own executive search firm prior to her move into higher education. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh**.

Speaking on the occasion, Professor Heather McGregor said, “I am delighted to take up office as the new Provost and Vice Principal of Heriot-Watt University Dubai. Equally, I am very pleased to be moving to the UAE at such an exciting time, when so many transformational projects are underway. The nation is today a diversely productive economy, with pioneering developments that have garnered world-wide attention. In my new role, I look forward to making the most of these opportunities and driving the Dubai campus towards even greater heights.”

Professor McGregor will replace current Provost and Vice Principal Professor Ammar Kaka, who has led the University in Dubai for 12 years, growing it to 4,000 students. During his tenure he has overseen the set-up and expansion of Heriot-Watt from its initial campus to a new state-of-the art facility in Dubai Knowledge Park. He has been instrumental in shaping the higher education sector in the Middle East and in the creation of a world-class higher education experience in Dubai, both for students and faculty.

Professor Kaka will now take up the role of Emeritus Provost. As Emeritus Provost, Professor Kaka will adopt a wider role in the Middle East and North Africa, with responsibilities for further positioning Heriot-Watt University Dubai, partnership development and recruitment more broadly.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai established its presence in the UAE in 2005, as the first University to open a campus in Academic City. Starting with an initial offering of three programmes and a student population of 120, it has since then grown to be the largest international university in the UAE. Today it is home to approximately 4000 students enrolled across 90 programmes and is one of the top UK universities for business and industry with a five-star rating by the KHDA three years in a row.


About Heriot-Watt University Dubai                                        

As the first British university to set up a campus in Dubai in 2005, 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. It 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

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