Our vision Chinese and Scottish business people in a meeting
  • “As well as increasing engagement between local and Chinese businesses, the Institute offers world-class learning and an extensive cultural programme.”

The vision

The Institute’s aims are many — from benefiting our students with world-class learning to establishing strong links between Chinese and Scottish businesses. But in everything we do, the overarching aim is to promote a global outlook and foster mutual understanding between both countries.

In the marketplace, our aim is to increase engagement between local and Chinese businesses. To do this, we will:

  • Identify Scottish firms looking to improve links
  • Work closely together to provide language and translation support
  • Offer the use of interpreters in business situations
  • Create tailor-made business programmes
  • Provide other assistance for businesses looking to trade with China.

In the classroom, we already offer an undergraduate degree in International Business Management and Chinese Language, and an Edinburgh Business School MBA in Chinese. Other degree programmes in Chinese are also available. Heriot-Watt also leads the UK in interpreting and translating, thanks to some of the finest language labs in Europe. The Institute will now build upon this proud record of academic excellence, attracting more well-qualified students and forging dynamic new partnerships in business and culture.

An ambitious future

Heriot-Watt currently enjoys a well-deserved reputation as a research-led university. That’s why we’re aiming to establish a Scotland-China Joint Research Centre, to encourage more research exchanges and partnerships with businesses and universities in China. Closer to home, we’ve also launched an extensive cultural programme. This sees us working closely with cities across Scotland to promote Chinese arts and culture and support celebrations and events such as Chinese New Year