Frontier foods researcher and champion Queen Margaret University and the Hungarian Embassy celebrated the legacy of Saint Margaret and build links between the two nations at a special charity event in Edinburgh on Wednesday (June 10th).

Hosted by the Ambassador of Hungary and Mrs Gabriella Szabadhegy, the charity event was attended by Dr Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland’s Languages; Mr Zoltán Balog, Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary;  Professor Alan Gilloran, Deputy Principal of QMU and Sir Tom  Farmer, Chancellor of QMU.

The official partnership has been 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.

One of the best known and loved women from Scottish and Hungarian history, Queen Margaret was renowned for her charity, education and piety in her lifetime, and was canonised as a saint in 1250.

In November 2014, to commemorate Saint Margaret’s lasting historic and moral legacy and to recognise and encourage support for worthy causes that embrace that legacy, Queen Margaret University joined Hungary in establishing the Queen Margaret Legacy Programme.

The programme is intended to provide professional development and exchange opportunities for students at QMU and students at partner institutions in Hungary.  It will focus on learning, enhancing understanding, and cultivating partnerships.

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