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CASE STUDY

Heriot-Watt University ( HWU ) Dubai Campus is a satellite campus of Heriot-Watt University based in Edinburgh , Scotland . Established in 2005 , Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus was the first campus of an overseas university to open in Dubai International Academic City .

In 2021 , the university reallocated its Dubai campus location to Dubai Knowledge Park .
The university originally started with 120 students , with plans to increase the number to 1,500 students within a five-year time frame . However , the pace of its expansion outstripped this projection , and by 2010 it had reached its original capacity of 2,000 students .
Construction of Heriot-Watt University ’ s purpose-built campus in Dubai International Academic City began in 2010 . This state of the art campus officially opened on 3 November 2011 , increasing the capacity of Heriot- Watt Dubai Campus to 4,500 students .
In 2013 Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus opened its phase two campus extension boasting a 700-seater auditorium , male and female onsite accommodation , food court , gymnasium , indoor games room , food court , convenience store , and beauty salon .
As one of Dubai ’ s most successful international higher education providers , the student population has now grown to 3,700 , with students from more than 90 different countries studying at the campus .
The challenge
The transition of Heriot-Watt University Dubai to a brand-new campus was challenging in terms of hardware and software that should be user-friendly . The university needed a digital system that is simple , hassle-free , and easy to use . The demand was for audio that should be clear online as well as on site since HWU offers students the option of attending classes in person or virtually , and faculty are

CONSTRUCTION OF HERIOT-WATT

UNIVERSITY ’ S PURPOSE-

BUILT CAMPUS

IN DUBAI INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC CITY BEGAN IN 2010 .

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