QMU and EASB cook up a storm for Edinburgh Clipper Crew in Singapore
As part of a 5000 mile boat trip from Australia, the Clipper crew from ‘Edinburgh’s Inspiring Capital’ will stop off in Singapore to have lunch at Queen Margaret University’s joint new campus.
Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh (QMU) and East Asia Institute of Management (EASB) will welcome the ‘Edinburgh Inspiring Capital’ Clipper crew to their newly opened Balestier Campus in Singapore. The Scottish team will be treated to a nutritious meal to replenish their energy levels following their 30 day, 8,700 kilometre sail from Australia’s Gold Coast. The gruelling journey is part of the Clipper Round the World race: the world’s longest yacht race and the brainchild of sailing legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnson.
To celebrate the arrival of the Scottish crew in Singapore and to emphasise QMU and EASB’s commitment to hospitality and tourism, the 12 member crew will assist academic staff in preparing a healthy ‘east meets west’ themed brunch on the 2 nd February.
EASB officially opened its new Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre in Singapore on 15 th December 2011 and has already welcomed QMU students to its brand new and state-of-the-art facilities. The Centre is housed within the Balestier Campus, which was itself opened in 2008 and is dedicated to the delivery of QMU programmes.
Representatives of QMU are taking the opportunity to meet the Edinburgh Clipper in Singapore and host a number of events aimed at strengthening ties between QMU and EASB and their graduates. Members of the QMU Hospitality teaching staff, who will be in Singapore to deliver part of the on-going staff development programme with EASB, will also be on hand to help out with the cooking at the Clipper brunch event.
Professor Petra Wend, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of QMU said: “This is a great opportunity for us to highlight some of the international work that is an increasingly important part of what QMU does. 24% of our students are international, and our long established and highly valued partnership with EASB in Singapore has been instrumental in raising not only the University’s profile in Asia, but that of Edinburgh and Scotland as a whole. We are very proud to be able to host this event for the Edinburgh Clipper crew in recognition of their tremendous hard work and achievement in promoting Edinburgh to the world as a centre of business and education.
In addition to this event, QMU and EASB will be hosting a reunion for their Singapore based alumni on 3 rd February (3pm) at the Marina at Keppel Bay, at which Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, the creator of the Clipper Round the World Race, will be guest of honour.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
Event details: The event to welcome the Edinburgh clipper crew to Balestier Campus will take place from 10am – 11:30am at:
The Balestier Campus
9 Ah Hood Road
Press are invited to attend a photo call from 10am onwards.
The Clipper Crew
Twelve members of the ‘Edinburgh Inspiring Capital crew ‘ are transplant ambassadors, including two kidney transplant patients, a liver transplant patient and a double lung transplant recipient. The crew will assist the team from QMU and EASB in preparing an array of healthy Singaporean and Scottish dishes; refuelling before the next leg of their trip and highlighting the importance of nutrition after transplantation.
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