Scottish University To Open In The Middle East

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First Posted: 03/11/11 10:31 Updated: 03/11/11 10:31   PA

The First Minister will open a Scottish university campus in the Persian Gulf as he continues his trade mission in the Middle East.

Heriot-Watt University was the first overseas university to set up in Dubai International Academic City, offering education to students and executives from the Gulf and further afield.

The campus, which cost £35 million to build, has trebled the university's capacity of 1,500 students to 4,500.

Alex Salmond will unveil a plaque and tour the campus to mark its opening.

The First Minister also unveiled Scottish engineering firm Weir's plans for a new Middle East headquarters in Jebel Ali Free Zone, on the outskirts of Dubai, during his trip.

He said the trade visit underlines the Scottish Government's ambition to attract foreign investment for renewables and low-carbon technology.

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