Glasgow Kelvin MSP Sandra White has warned that thousands of university students in Glasgow could lose out on the opportunity to study abroad – after the UK Government pulled support for the Erasmus programme.
New figures from the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (SPICe), show that between 2014/15 and 2017/18, 3647 students from the city’s higher education institutions studied abroad through the Erasmus+ programme.
With the UK government choosing to vote against continued membership of Erasmus+ remaining part of negotiations with the EU, Sandra White has claimed that the same number of students could now miss out over the next four years if Scotland is blocked from the programme.
The Erasmus+ scheme aims to promote and modernise education, training, youth work and sport across Europe, and gives students from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to live, work and study in other European countries.
Commenting Sandra White said:
“The Erasmus programme has been hugely beneficial to our city’s universities and students over the years, so it’s saddening the UK government have decided to sell out and pull support for the programme.
“Our students here in Glasgow have gained massively from the opportunity to take a year abroad in Europe, giving them the chance to experience new cultures and ways of learning.
“Of course our city’s culture is also richer thanks to students from the continent coming to spend time in our world-class universities, contributing to our economy and society in the process.
“It is appalling that future generations of students will miss out on this programme and I would urge the UK government to think again on this decision and stop stripping Scottish students of this valuable opportunity.”
Figures from SPICe: (erasmusplus.org.uk/statistics)
- Glasgow 2014/15 – 2017/18: 3,647 outgoing students
- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – 49
- Glasgow Caledonian University – 545
- Glasgow School of Art – 214
- Glasgow University – 1426
- Strathclyde University – 1413