New international business opportunities brought to the Middle East by Heriot-Watt University Dubai

Heriot-Watt Dubai strengthened its international business ties when it hosted its first trade mission for the construction market at its Dubai campus.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The University are pleased to announce the partnership with Scottish and British SME corporations, public sector organisations, and innovation centers. An international digital construction trade delegation was hosted at the Dubai campus in order to exchange knowledge, develop professional training programmes and to form collaborative research and development funding opportunities. The partnerships in the construction industry include several highly prestigious organisations in private, public, academic partners and government authorities. Heriot-Watt Dubai are committed to respond to the growing demand of highly skilled professionals within digital construction technologies. This knowledge development is to promote the status of the UAE as a leading international hub of digital technology and innovative construction building and management practices.

The delegation offers a number of opportunities which coincide with the regions National Strategy for Advanced Innovation. Heriot-Watt Dubai will be taking strides in collaboration with Scottish Development International (SDI), an international arm of the Scottish Government who aim to develop Scotland as a gateway to wider global markets. This is in order to create partnerships with local and regional organisations across the construction sector that can benefit from the latest market ready products, research-led innovations and disruptive digital technologies. The partnership will ultimately match necessary academic competencies with UK/UAE requirements to further develop knowledge exchange products, graduate apprenticeships, internships and employment.

The structure of the delegation includes three core themes to create a Centre of Excellence which include Health and Safety, Sustainability and Enabling Technologies (AR/V/Robotics). These themes capture all cognate areas of digital construction technologies, including the opportunity to identify collaborative projects in each of the three themes.

Roger Griffiths, Business Development Executive at Heriot-Watt University Dubai says:  “I am delighted to have welcomed a high caliber of industry officials to our symposium. We aim to channel our expertise and knowledge in line with the National Strategy, by forming strong partnerships with industry to enhance the future of knowledge and business growth in the region.”

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Reem Dabat
Heriot-Watt Dubai