200th Anniversary

Montage of James Watt statue with Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia Campus buildings

This year, Heriot-Watt University is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding roots in Scotland in 1821, which created the world’s first mechanics institute in the heart of Edinburgh.

Heriot-Watt will be reaffirming its historic commitment to widening access to practical and relevant learning, research and enterprise by looking to the future with a renewed focus on global sustainability. The University will celebrate Heriot-Watt’s remarkable record of innovation at its campuses in Scotland, Malaysia and Dubai; with alumni across the world; and through in a series of events and debates offering something for everyone to take part in and enjoy.