We are in the middle of a very busy fortnight here at Heriot-Watt – and a very exciting one too.
Last Monday, the 10th June, we installed and welcomed the new University Chancellor, Dr. Robert M. Buchan at a wonderful ceremony here on the Edinburgh Campus. Dr Buchan, a mining entrepreneur, philanthropist and Heriot-Watt graduate, said of the day:
I am delighted to be able to return here as Chancellor where I can help to encourage, support and hopefully inspire new generations of students and future entrepreneurs.
In his inaugural speech, he talked of his philosophy of philanthropy.
I believe in giving forward rather than giving back. It may sound like a small difference, but it reflects a desire to focus on what is needed in the future.
Dr Buchan grew up in Rosyth, Fife, and obtained an undergraduate degree in mining from Heriot-Watt University in 1969 and a Master of Science degree in mining engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1971.
In 1993, he founded Kinross Gold, a small gold mining company which he grew into the third-largest primary gold producer in North America. After retiring as Chief Executive in 2005, he was one of the founders of Katanga Copper, the developer of one of the world’s largest copper deposits.
Dr Buchan took over the post of Chancellor from Baroness Susan Greenfield.
From Friday 14th June, and throughout this week, Heriot-Watt students based in Scotland began graduating. Friday saw new Watt Club members emerge from the School of Textiles and Design at our Scottish Borders Campus on a gloriously sunny day in Galashiels.
This coming week, starting on Tuesday 18th June, students from the Schools of the Built Environment, Engineering & Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Management & Languages, Mathematical & Computer Sciences, as well as from the Institute of Petroleum Engineering and Edinburgh Business School will walk up the stage as a student, and walk off as the newest member of the oldest Alumni Association in Europe.