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- Herriot-Watt's new 35 million campus

General View, Putrajaya, Malaysia
© Taha Tahir, via Wikimedia Commons

Official Opening in Putrajaya, Malaysia
The main part of Heriot Watt University is at Riccarton, on the outskirts of Edinburgh. It also has branch campuses in the Scottish Borders, Orkney and Dubai. The graphic on the right is the Postgraduate Centre, one of the newest buildings on the Riccarton campus, opened in the spring of 2009. The graphic is © Jim Barton, via Wikimedia Commons.

Now there is a Malaysian campus, based in Putrajaya, around 15 miles from Kuala Lumpur, offering teaching in a range of degrees in science, engineering, business, mathematics and design. Putrajaya is the Federal Government Administrative Centre of Malaya.

The campus opened its doors for business in September last year with around 500 postgraduates and undergraduates, but plans to cater for up to 4,000 students.

The Putrajaya campus has now been formally opened by officials including British High Commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell. She said:

"The long-standing education ties between the UK and Malaysia, particularly in tertiary studies, saw Malaysia emerging as the largest market for the provision of UK transnational higher education.

"There are currently around 15,000 Malaysians studying in the UK and another 58,000 individuals studying in Malaysia for a UK tertiary qualification which is more than any other country in the world."

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Tam O'Ranter
February 2015

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