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School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
|Address||HSchool of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, Scotland|
|Tel. No.||+44 (0)131 451 8176|
|Fax. No.||+44 (0)131 451 3327|
Heriot-Watt is a vibrant, forward looking University offering a high quality learning experience and a welcoming and friendly environment. With an international reputation for innovative education, enterprise and leading edge but practical research, it is one of the leading UK universities for business and industry. Often referred to as Scotland's international university, Heriot-Watt has four student campuses: three in Scotland - Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders and Orkney - and a campus in Dubai.
Heriot-Watt University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the UK. The name commemorates George Heriot - the 16th century financier to King James, and James Watt - the great 18th century inventor and engineer. The University originated as the School of Arts of Edinburgh in 1821, and in 1966, Heriot-Watt became a University by Royal Charter.
At Heriot-Watt, the community of postgraduate students undertaking taught and research courses is 1,500 strong and has representation from around 100 countries.
Around two thirds of the on-campus students are from countries outside of the UK. With this in mind there is huge opportunity for cross-cultural and interdisciplinary interaction. This opportunity has been recognised by the University through the creation of a new multi-million pound, purpose-built Postgraduate Centre. Construction work commenced on the site, at the heart of the Edinburgh Campus, in the summer of 2007 and is due to be completed in the summer of 2008.
Research pooling amongst the Scottish Universities is leading to multi-site lectures, tutorials and research-group meetings, enabled by virtual conferencing. Expanding collaborations with industry and the commercial sector - always a strong feature at Heriot-Watt - mean that more than ever there is a need for a central forum for meetings, real or virtual, where fertilisation of ideas crossing the disciplines can take place. The Postgraduate Centre will house lecture theatre, seminar, study and social spaces for postgraduate taught and research students. Advanced video-conferencing facilities will enable research and teaching interactions between those on-campus with collaborators and off-campus students at many of our partner institutions worldwide.
This ambitious Postgraduate Centre demonstrates the commitment of Heriot-Watt to supporting its postgraduate programmes and the University’s determination to provide a stimulating environment for all postgraduate students.
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