About Us

Heriot – Watt University

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. The University’s name commemorates George Heriot, the 16th century philanthropist and financier to King James, and James Watt, the great 18th century inventor and engineer: two successful, leading edge professionals of their time, whose skills and attitudes are still reflected in the ethos of the University today.

Heriot-Watt’s heritage is rooted in the provision of education for working people and professionals. When established in 1821 its purpose was to “address societal needs by incorporating fundamental scientific thinking and research into engineering solutions”. A focus on the practical application of knowledge and learning for the betterment of society is an essential characteristic of Heriot-Watt University. Throughout the early and mid 1900s the academic curriculum of the college developed with a strong emphasis on the needs of industry. Responding to the needs of business and industry continues to define Heriot-Watt’s approach and we work in partnership with the professions to develop our degrees in accordance with their needs.

Heriot-Watt is a university with global presence and a visionary international strategy. Since the early 1990s, we have built sustainable academic partnerships with institutions across the globe from the US to the Ukraine and from China to Trinidad and Tobago. Our extensive global partnership network includes 50 Approved Learning Partners (ALPs) in 30 countries delivering Heriot-Watt degree programmes to 8,000 students.

The ability to offer flexible modes of study is a key aspect and Heriot-Watt students welcome the opportunity to study in their home country; to come to university in the evenings and weekends, or to study independently as a mature student with demanding work commitments.