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Impact of Brexit on Higher Education

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Published : 09 May, 2017 By:
  • Impact of Brexit on Higher Education

    As per the report submitted by the House of Commons Education Committee of the UK, nothing is going to be right on the higher education platform with the introduction of Brexit. Apart from causing the brain drain, the Brexit will also be responsible for slowing down of funds from the EU for the British Universities.

    The report related to the enrollment of the students at the universities in 2015-16 says that approximately 13.6 % were found to be enrolled from non European countries, while about 5.6 % were from the European Union (EU).

    “It is difficult to argue against retaining the attractiveness of the UK higher education sector for EU students, though, as in 2011/12 they generated an estimated £ 3.7 billion for the UK economy and 34,000 jobs,” as per the report, which also added in its statement that in the year of 2014-15, the contribution of the international students were noticed at £ 25.8 billion in gross output through spending while they consumed approximately 206,600 jobs.

    In addition to this, the European Union countries have played a big role in serving the UK’s higher education system with 16% of the total workforce. The report also noted that the time has come when their rights need to be reserved to work as soon as possible.  

    The government is asked to give the priority to the following points by the UK Education Committee.

    1. No Obstruction is Required in Immigration, but A Movement facilitation

    The report said that the work should be done in order to make it easier for global academics to gain access to the Universities of UK. It also added that no obstruction should be made in the movement of people to and from universities.

    2. Sort Out EU Student/Staff Uncertainty

    Reducing the uncertainty spreading around EU staff and students has to be done on a priority basis. The report also stressed EU students would be allowed to receive the same tuition loan and fees as they were asked to be submitted before. A quick solution on EU staff residency rights should also be considered, it added.

    3. Make Collaboration for Research And Future

    The much needed thing encouraged by the UK education committee is to make collaboration with the EU for research and higher education.

     “The Government should commit to Horizon 2020 and future research frameworks to ensure ongoing research collaboration with the EU,” the committee said. They also added a point that the development of a plan is required to be done so that the EU funding (that might be blown away through the implementation of Brexit) can be substituted at the domestic level.

    4. Net Migration Target

    “The best model for all international students, including from the EU, is an open approach with few barriers,” the report said. The primary purpose of this movement is to ensure a substantial benefit to the higher education from the international students. The report also added that the removal of international students from the numbers while having a deep look at limiting and calculating net migration should also be done by the government in order to prevent any obstruction to the flow of talent.

    5. Regional funds

    “Growing regional funds can make a big difference when it comes to supporting the education sector and balancing the economy by the UK government”, the report said. The surpassing the funds from EU will be done from this move and the major significance should be placed on the “place” in order to benefit all the regions, it also added.

    6. Erasmus+

    This programme is a part of the EU, which majorly focuses on encouraging training, education, youth as well as sport across Europe. There will be great chances of losing it through Brexit. The development of a “home-grown replacement” should also be done including mobility beyond Europe, recommended by the UK Education Committee.

    7. Cross-government strategy

    Allowing the higher education to be a part of the global trade deals and letting it have a worldwide reach could be a best alternate to handle Brexit for the education sector.

     “A bold cross-Government strategy is needed,” the UK Education Committee said. The report also recommended that the collaborations with various reputed research nations are a big need of the day. It also added that bringing more funding to the existing collaborations is also needed.


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