Building a global university
Modern technology facilitates increased enrolment at Heriot-Watt University.
- To fit different recruiting needs in different countries, administrators need adaptable systems
- Modern technology helps institutions create a consistent global experience for students
- The global institution must offer an integrated, consistent experience on each campus
Paul Travill, Academic Registrar, Heriot-Watt University
I don't think there are many global universities yet. Heriot-Watt is starting on that journey as being a global institution.
A global university moves on from being just one that's got branch campuses. The difference is that our campuses are in different countries, but they could be like an institution that's got three or four campuses down the road from each other.
Going global at Heriot-Watt means that the student can start on one campus, enrol in a programme, and for one of the years of their degree take the same programme at another of our campuses. It was an ambition of our Malaysia campus to start with.
It's a great recruitment tool for us. It's really started to take off, and has actually grown now so that we've got, this year, over 500 students studying on a different campus. The applications for next academic year just started, and we've already got 700 applications.
We have to understand that how you recruit and apply to be an applicant in Malaysia, or Dubai, or the UK are all very different from each other. And so, when we were looking for a new admissions system, we were really keen to find one that could be adapted to cope with different needs in different countries, but still meet the Heriot-Watt need of actually having simple standard processes that were effective and enable us to manage our data in a far better way than we were able to before.