27 June 2023, Penang – DISTED College, Penang, is pleased to announce the expansion of its strategic partnership with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia (HWUM). This collaboration will now include an articulation pathway for Diploma students, enabling them to seamlessly continue their degree programmes at the HWUM campus in Putrajaya.


Under this new agreement, students enrolled in the Diploma in Business Studies, Diploma in Accounting and Diploma in Computer Studies at DISTED College will have the opportunity to articulate into the third year of various Degree programmes offered by HWUM. These programmes include MA (Hons) International Business Management, MA (Hons) Accounting and Business Finance, MA (Hons) Business and Finance, and BSc (Hons) Computer Science.


Professor Dr. Vikneswaran Nair, President of DISTED College, expressed his delight, stating, “I am thrilled that, after an extensive process, we have solidified this collaboration, which will provide our students with a seamless transition to further their education at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia.”


Earlier this month, DISTED College introduced CoL2abz, an immersive learning hub dedicated to embracing the challenges and opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) and harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI). The CoL2abz Hub exemplifies DISTED’s commitment to fostering innovation, academic excellence, and the holistic development of their students.


Professor Nair highlighted the timeliness of the collaboration with HWUM, emphasising the potential for future partnerships in various fields. He stated, “We take great pride in partnering with Heriot-Watt University Malaysia to expand our collaboration further. Our shared values pave the way for a successful partnership between these two esteemed institutions, benefiting our communities.”

Professor Mushtak Al-Atabi, Provost and Chief Executive Officer of HWUM said, “As a purpose-driven institution, this partnership embodies our commitment to expand educational opportunities for students to pursue their higher education aspirations at Heriot-Watt University Malaysia. Our purpose goes beyond equipping our students with skills to remain resilient but also to nurture them into responsible, purpose-driven leaders who will make the world a better place for all. Through our world-class accredited programmes, our joint efforts will be able to ensure career-relevant education that fosters the skills of purpose-driven leaders determined to make a positive impact on society, business, and industry needs.”



DISTED College, as one of Penang’s oldest and most reputable institutions of higher learning, offers a diverse range of high-quality courses at Certificate, Diploma, and Bachelor’s Degree levels. These courses span pre-university studies, business, accounting, psychology, computer science, business IT, and creative multimedia production.

Founded in 1821 as the world’s first mechanics institute, Heriot-Watt University has a rich heritage and an established reputation as one of the top leading UK education Universities with campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia has been offering high-quality British education and international study opportunities since 2014 at its purpose-built, state-of-the-art, lakeside campus in Putrajaya, catering to a global network of students. Heriot-Watt University Malaysia aims to play an important role with the mission of establishing Malaysia as a regional and global education hub, on top of widening the access to education for students from all walks of life.


This strengthened partnership between HWUM and DISTED College reflects their shared commitment to providing students with exceptional educational opportunities and equipping them with the skills needed to thrive in a rapidly evolving world.