Minister of external affairs and international development of Scotland, Humza Yousaf MSP, declared on 13 November 2013 the commencement of PhD programmes at Dubai campus of Heriot-Watt University.
PhD programmes will be offered by university's School of Management and Languages, School of Engineering and Physical Science and School of the Built Environment.
In the year 2012, increase in the number of UAE students taking admissions in higher education for both graduate and post-graduate degrees was observed, however, for PhD programmes only 1% was increase was witnessed.
As informed by Yousaf, Heriot-Watt's extended PhD course is full of opportunities for further studies. The campus of Dubai first launched in 2011, now boasts seats to occupy 4,500 students and faculty touching beyond 100 with offering quality education. He further told of the university campus in Dubai having a world-class infrastructure
PhD programmes are imperative in the UAE so as to promote the research community as well as the students who have limited choices but cannot shift to some other location to pursue research and doctorate degree. This academic development at Heriot-Watt University will also strengthen the educational and business bond between the two counties
Scotland boasts a well-built reputation in education field and this new course of action will further emphasize the high value that various countries put on knowledge, skills and expertise of Scotland being a global leaders in academic circles, as stated by senior director for Europe, Middle East and Africa for Scottish Development International, Mark Hallan
Heriot-Watt University’s Dubai Campus took off in the year 2005 in Dubai International Academic. Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, set up the new AED200m, modern venue in November 2011.