Heriot-Watt University is a public university based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Originally established in 1821 as the School of Arts of Edinburgh, the world's first mechanics' institute, it was granted university status by royal charter granted in 1966. It has campuses in Edinburgh, the Scottish Borders, Orkney, United Arab Emirates and Putrajaya in Malaysia. It takes the name Heriot-Watt from Scottish inventor James Watt and Scottish philanthropist and goldsmith George Heriot.Heriot-Watt has been named International University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The university is ranked among 302 in 2019 QS World University Rankings, 351-400 in 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. In 2019, The Complete University Guide ranked Heriot-Watt at 35 in UK, ahead of several Russell Group universities. In the latest Research Excellence Framework, it was ranked overall in the Top 25% of UK universities and 1st in Scotland for research impact.
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