QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 75 - Page 24

Development News Singapore Events In early February QMU was given the opportunity to meet up with the Marketing Edinburgh sponsored Clipper in Singapore, whilst the crew took a well earned break from the Clipper Round the World 11-12 race. This gave us the opportunity to combine the trip with staff visits to the East Asia Institute of Management (EASB), QMU’s partner in Singapore, through which QMU has a Singapore-based campus. Professor Wend on board the Clipper QMU was offered the chance of a corporate sailing which provided a great opportunity to strengthen Dr Andrew Chua and Professor Wend at the opening of EASB’s new training centre links with EASB and create new ones with the Singapore business and education community. The UK government’s Deputy High Commissioner to Singapore participated in the sailing, as well as HSBC and a number of education and business leaders. The Clipper crew members were tremendously hospitable and great ambassadors, both for QMU and for Edinburgh as a centre of business and education. Some of them joined us for the official opening of EASB’s new Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre, where EASB delivers QMU’s undergraduate and postgraduate Hospitality, Tourism and Management programmes to around 80 students per year. You can follow the progress of the Edinburgh Crew at www.clipperroundtheworld.com. Catching up with QMU’s Singapore Alumni Whilst in Singapore, QMU held a well attended reunion for some of our graduates from the Hospitality and Nursing programmes which run in Singapore. Over 30 past students attended the event at Keppel Bay Marina, in sight of the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital Clipper, for an afternoon tea and the opportunity to catch up with long-standing and new friends, as well as their lecturers. 24 Mrs Vice Principal Rosalyn Marshall welcomes guests to the Alumni event at Keppel Bay Marina Principal Professor Wend was delighted to welcome the graduates with a short speech, followed by Dr Chua of EASB and then guest of honour Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Chairman and founder of Clipper Ventures and the first person ever to sail solo and non-stop around the globe. QMYOU / Alumni & Development News QMU/EASB alumni were very happy to meet each other again and swap stories about what they were doing now – both professionally and personally. We also managed to catch up with Vinod and Varuna, who met whilst studying for a QMU Hospitality degree. The couple are now married! Congratulations to them.