Summer School 2015

Welcome to the page of the Hungarian group 2015 of the Danube Summer School, one of the Global Citizenship summer schools at University College London.

“In the mid-1970s, I was teaching design at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest. I was searching for a way to demonstrate 3D movement to my students and one day found myself staring into the River Danube, looking at how the water moved around the pebbles. This became the inspiration for the cube’s twisting mechanism. The fact that it can do this without falling apart is part of its magic”. -Ernő Rubik, inventor of the Rubik’s cube, quoted in this May 2015 article in The Guardian.

What could better demonstrate the physical, cultural, and creative importance of the Danube and the possibility for global implications emanating from the local level than these words by Ernő Rubik, one of Hungary’s most famous names?

A London Marathon competitor dressed as a Rubik’s cube.

Welcome to the page of the Hungarian group of the Danube Summer School, one of the Global Citizenship summer schools at University College London.

In the same way that Ernő Rubik reflected on the attributes of the Danube, or Duna as it is known in Hungarian, this site explores and reflects upon the way in which citizens of the Danubian region have – past and present – contributed to London’s status as a global city.

Hungary is a land rich in its own unique language, culture, and history, but it is also a very international country with links around the world.

The Danube flows through the heart of Hungary and its capital, Budapest. It is a waterway which has sustained and supported numerous national groups in Hungary for hundreds of years. Now, many Hungarians also live and thrive in London alongside a different river – the Thames – where their citizenship of a wider world becomes even more vibrantly apparent.

Navigator: Rebecca McKeown

Crew: Ben Nabnian, Cristina Puscas, Imogen Clarke, Irene Alexandra Chirtas, Kai Xiang Lim, Kate Balding, Maria Bormaliyska, Tamiza Tudor, Yasmin Hoover, Zhen Jie Low, Alex Gordeev.

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