Scottish Minister Visits Heriot-Watt University Dubai To Accelerate Enterprise and Decarbonisation Discussions

Scottish Minister Visits Heriot-Watt University Dubai To Accelerate Enterprise and Decarbonisation Discussions

  • Mr. Ivan McKee, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, toured the University’s facilities, including Edinburgh Business School’s (EBS) Enterprise Suite, and discussed the work of the Industrial Decarbonisation Research Innovation Center (IDRIC)

24 March 2022, Dubai, UAE: Heriot-Watt University Dubai welcomed Ivan McKee, Scotland’s Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, to its campus in Dubai Knowledge Park. The Minister met with the University to discuss how they could work together to accelerate the sustainability agenda in the UK and the UAE, and common business and enterprise interests.

The visit was part of a wider program that included a tour of the University’s Innovation Hub and Enterprise Suite and discussions on the latest developments from Industrial Decarbonisation Research Innovation Center (IDRIC).

Speaking about his visit, Minister Ivan McKee said, “Today’s visit to Heriot-Watt’s Dubai campus has been both inspiring and insightful in terms of progressing opportunities for collaboration when it comes to Scotland and the UAE’s shared net zero ambitions.

“Scotland has an international network of world-class higher education institutes and Heriot-Watt University has been at the forefront of driving the global energy agenda forward via its leading research, partnership opportunities and innovations in technology.”

Professor Tadhg O’Donovan, Deputy Vice Principal, Academic Leadership at Heriot-Watt University Dubai, said, “We were delighted to welcome Minister Ivan McKee to our campus in Dubai and to showcase our state-of-the-art facilities to support innovation and sustainability. Minister McKee’s visit provided and effective forum to discuss the University’s net-zero ambitions and goals to support both the UK and the UAE governments’ path to decarbonisation and sustainability. As a truly global institution, Heriot-Watt University is well-placed to conduct research addressing global energy challenges and driving inward investment and trade; IDRIC and our Enterprise Suite play a key role in support fo these efforts.”

During the visit, Ivan McKee toured the University’s facilities and met with students accompanied by Heriot-Watt University Dubai’s Leadership team, including Professor Tadhg O’Donovan, Deputy Vice Principal, Academic Leadership; Ms. Vanessa Northway, Deputy Vice Principal, Learning and Teaching; Dr. Matthew Sukumaran, Chief Operating Officer; Professor Paul Hopkinson, Associate Head, Edinburgh Business School; Dr. Karima Hamani, Chair of the Sustainability and Social Impact Committee (SSIMCO) and Academic Lead for Knowledge Exchange (CESC) at Heriot-Watt University Dubai; Syed Uzair, Student Council President. Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer, Deputy Principal (Global Sustainability) and the lead for the UK Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Center (IDRIC) was also present.

The Minister also visited Heriot-Watt University Dubai’s Enterprise Suite, an incubation space to support entrepreneurship and new businesses by the Edinburgh Business School (EBS). The Suite includes co-working spaces, hot-desking, partner suites, an exhibition zone facilities, as well as teaching and seminar rooms purpose-designed for Executive Education. The Enterprise Suite is designed to translate research innovation into commercial opportunities to drive inward investment and trade.

The Minister and other dignitaries discussed the latest developments at IDRIC, a new UK research and innovation center that supports industry and policymakers in accelerating industrial decarbonisation. They also talked about how the Center’s work in engineering, environmental, and technical knowledge aligns with the UK and UAE’s goals for investing in renewable energy and hydrogen economy to support industrial decarbonisation.

The UK and UAE have been key trade and business partners with the UAE being UK’s largest export market in the Middle East and the 13th largest globally. The UAE is also an entry route into other Gulf countries for the UK making it a strategic location for trade. The British Business Group calculated £18.2 billion in mutual trade of services and goods between the countries. The organization also predicts that this total will increase to £25 billion in 2022.

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About Heriot-Watt University Dubai

As the first British University to set up a campus in Dubai in 2005, and the only one with a five-star accreditation by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Heriot-Watt University Dubai has established itself as a pioneer in the higher education market in the UAE. The University’s reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research combined with its strong links to business and industry, has seen it attract a thriving population of undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Heriot-Watt University Dubai offers an extensive range of programs and disciplines, spanning postgraduate and undergraduate courses. Heriot-Watt graduates are highly employable and sought after by the best organizations worldwide, with over 90% in graduate level jobs or further study within six months of graduation.

For more information, please visit https://www.hw.ac.uk/dubai.htm

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