QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 85 - Page 4

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NEWS IN BRIEF

First Hungarian scholarship celebrates the legacy of Saint Margaret

TWO STUDENTS FROM Hungary have become the first to study at QMU as part of a new scholarship exchange programme between Edinburgh and Budapest .

The Queen Margaret Legacy Programme has been developed by the Hungarian Embassy and QMU to celebrate the legacy of Saint Margaret , one of the most loved women from Scottish and Hungarian history . Petra Kata and Anna Patziger , who are both students from Corvinus University of Budapest , are spending three months studying Public Relations and Media at QMU . Not only will Petra and Anna benefit from studying at QMU , they will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Scottish culture and life in Edinburgh , which will undoubtedly add to their overall learning experience . The official partnership between QMU and the Hungarian Embassy was formed in recognition of the fact that QMU takes its name from Margaret , Queen Consort of King Malcolm Canmore of Scotland , who was born in Hungary in the 11th century . She was known to be a fine scholar with a formidable intellectual capacity , who often debated the affairs of state with the King ' s noble and clerical advisers . As a deeply religious woman , Queen Margaret was concerned with works of mercy and giving and particularly with the care of the poor . She was canonised as a Saint in 1250 .
The name Queen Margaret was incorporated into QMU ’ s title in 1972 because she was seen to personify the institution ’ s key values of serving the community , enhancing the quality of life , and taking practical action . Queen Margaret ’ s philosophy of social justice and her ability to identify what changes were required in society still resonates today , and her name is reflected in the titles of a number of other organisations with social purposes . Dr Richard Butt , Deputy Principal of QMU , said : “ This educational exchange programme , and the transcultural learning it is now enabling , are entirely consistent with the life and values of Queen Margaret herself . Not only is this partnership creating a culturally rich and career enhancing learning experience for students , it is also creating a further link between Scotland and Hungary .” Commenting on the opportunities that she is receiving through the Queen Margaret Legacy Programme , Anna said : “ The opportunity to live and study in Edinburgh really appealed to me . The history , culture and diversity of the city , combined with the stunning natural beauty , makes it an ideal environment in which to learn and broaden your horizons .” The exchange programme also allows QMU students to study in Hungary and experience life in Budapest . Earlier this year , QMU Public Sociology students , Caitlin McDowell and Ellen Rahm , spent three months studying at Corvinus University of Budapest and living in the city . ❒
City Region Deal signals major investment in East Lothian

OVER THE SUMMER , the Scottish and UK governments announced that £ 600m would be available for the ‘ City Deal ’ investment in Edinburgh and Lothians . QMU very much welcomes this announcement which brings the University ’ s proposals for an Innovation Park ( EIP ) another step closer to becoming a reality .

EIP is the major project included within the Edinburgh City Region Deal to benefit East Lothian and QMU is working closely with East Lothian Council on it . Focused on land adjacent to the University ’ s campus , the project presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to create significant employment and a vibrant and sustainable community that will serve generations to come , alongside adding greatly to the vibrancy of the campus environment . ❒

4 QMYOU / News in Brief

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