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PANORAMA: 1997

Baroness Thatcher Welcomes the Queen
by Alan Syme
Photo:David Giles


Queen Elizabeth II is welcomed to England's University of Buckingham by the university's chancellor, Baroness Thatcher, before officially opening the Anthony de Rothschild Building for Business Studies.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, saw members of staff and students at work at the university that was founded 20 years ago on the basis that it would receive no Government funding.

Buckingham University has used its resulting independence to challenge existing educational practices. It was the first university to introduce two-year honours degrees. The university gives a broad-based education and all students get the opportunity to study a second language.

Two-year honours degrees offer mature students the chance of entering the job market a year earlier and gives school leavers the opportunity of a year out between school and university while still graduating on time.

The new school of business is equipped with a wide range of computer and audio-visual facilities with the aim of providing education relevant to careers in today's world of work. Some 74% of the students are from overseas, including 11% from other parts of Europe.

  

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