Best Universities in UAE: Heriot-Watt University

As thousands of final year students in the UAE apply to local universities, we take a look at some of the best higher education options in the Emirates and what they have to offer.

Where does this come from?

Edinburgh (often called Old Smokey), Scotland

When was it founded?

1821 (mother university); 2005 (Dubai campus)

What is that?

Founded 200 years ago as the “world’s first institute of mechanics” – a center for teaching technical subjects – in Edinburgh, Scotland, Heriot-Watt is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK and has three campuses in Scotland. It is well established in the United Arab Emirates, being the first UK university to open in Dubai International Academic City. A wide range of subjects are offered at the Dubai campus. Although the university is particularly strong in business and engineering disciplines, it also offers degree programs in contrasting fields such as fashion. Heriot-Watt has another satellite campus, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. In Dubai, the university received a five-star rating from the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) Dubai in 2019 and 2020.

Where is he based?

Dubai Knowledge Park (the new campus replaces that of Dubai International Academic City)

How did he handle the Covid-19 pandemic?

The university’s blended learning approach, combined with the digital campus, has helped students participate in live sessions on campus remotely.

“Students are attending all practical sessions. We have not received any major deferral requests – we have seen a significant increase in our admissions for our January 2022 intake of almost 10%,” the university said.

“Our Admissions and Student Recruitment teams have moved quickly to host virtual events like our Hybrid Admissions Week that will allow prospective students, parents, and professionals to schedule a consultation with our Admissions team. and our teachers, either virtually or face-to-face – a base.

What are the fees?

Dh235,200 – Bachelor of Business Administration (four years at Dh58,800 per year)

Dh260,400 – BSc in Computer Science (four years at Dh65,100 per year)

Dh85,050 – master of science in advanced mechanical engineering (one year)

Dh207,900 – doctorate in construction engineering (four years)

What subjects does he teach?

Bachelor’s subjects include accounting, architecture, business, computer science, cybersecurity, data science, engineering, fashion, finance, interior design, management, marketing, psychology, statistics.

Masters programs include Artificial Intelligence, Business Psychology, Business Analytics, Construction Project Management, Digital Marketing, Energy, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, information, network security, real estate, software engineering and strategic project management.

Doctoral programs include construction, energy, energy, geosciences, infrastructure and society, engineering and physical sciences, management and languages, mathematics and computer science, and psychology.

There are one-year entry or foundation programs tailored to particular undergraduate courses.

What doesn’t he teach?

Agriculture, anthropology, archaeology, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, criminology, dentistry, cinema, geology, history, journalism, law, medicine, modern languages, music, philosophy, physics, politics, sports science and veterinary medicine.

Where is it ranked in the world?

270th – QS World University Rankings (parent university)

501 – 600th – Times Higher Education World University Rankings (parent university)

Who’s there?

There are almost 4,000 students from 105 countries, with India, Pakistan and China being the major contributors.

Who went to mother university?

– Adam Crozier, businessman who ran the UK advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi, The Football Association, the Royal Mail Group and ITV, one of Britain’s leading television channels.

– Irvine Welsh, an author best known for his novel train spotting, which deals with urban poverty in Edinburgh.

– Shirley Robinson, who won gold medals in sailing at successive Olympics, the first British woman to do so.

A note from Professor Ammar Kaka, Provost and Vice-Principal:

We were the first university to set foot in Dubai International Academic City in 2005, and today we proudly serve around 4,000 students from around the world, who have joined us in pursuit of a prestigious UK qualification.

This growth alone is a testament to our tremendous success and strong reputation as a highly respected British university in the UAE.

Being a globally connected university, our Dubai campus offers the same level of academic experience as well as the same standards and learning outcomes as our UK campuses.

With our new digital campus at Dubai Knowledge Park, we look forward to welcoming our future students to a more stimulating and supportive learning environment.

Updated: April 20, 2022, 04:00

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