Marking bicentennial anniversary virtually

HERIOT-WATT University celebrated its bicentennial anniversary in conjunction with its Global Watt Day in a virtual event at its Malaysia campus.

During the event, the university reaffirmed its ongoing commitment in supporting global recovery efforts in relation to Covid-19, focusing on research and by pioneering online and “responsive blended learning” approaches to inspire their graduates to be ambitious, resilient and enterprising.

The university, which has a history dating back to 1821, has a global presence in 143 countries.

This year, the university celebrated this milestone at its campuses in Scotland, Malaysia and Dubai, and with its global school members, students and alumni.

In his speech, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM) provost and chief executive

Prof Mushtak Al-Atabi (pic) said over the past 200 years, Heriot-Watt University had firmly established itself as the world’s first mechanics institute in the heart of Edinburgh, making it the eighth oldest higher education institute in the United Kingdom.

“We all take great pride in belonging to a university with such a formidable track record of nurturing generations of bright ‘future-made’ graduates; and all of us here have the privilege of continuing this legacy of shaping our future, shaping tomorrow, together.

“This is our opportunity to look forward and showcase our ambitions.

“I would also like to share that this year-long celebration provides us with an opportunity to strengthen our bonds with global communities/campuses, enabling us to create a clear and coherent global identity, ” he added.

Prof Al-Atabi said the origins of the university’s name was attributed to renowned Scottish engineer and inventor — James Watt — the father of the first industrial revolution.

In 1852, the Edinburgh School of Arts was renamed The Watt Institution and School of Arts.

It was subsequently renamed Heriot-Watt College in 1885, to reference George Heriot, the 16th century philanthropist.

During the event, HWUM unveiled a numeric bicentennial logo to commemorate the special occasion.

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