BREXIT Effect on Education Top Concern
Britain serves as the home of many prestigious universities. And with the Education sector as one of the core of Britain’s policy areas, the previously decided Brexit (British Exit in European Union) has prompted concern among this sector’s affected members.
National Union of Students President Megan Dunn in a previous letter wrote to ex-UK Prime Minister David Cameron to seek his assurance that proactive efforts should be made to include the students and young people, and not just thorough consultations regarding this issue.
The same letter reads that higher education receives considerable funding through EU institutions, and the Leave vote will result to significant pressures onto our universities.
Students will be concerned that any removal of this funding could have implications for the support they receive, and this concern will of course be greatest for the most vulnerable students.
Furthermore, she adds that the voice of students and young people must be heard and represented as critical decisions are now made as the nation moves forward.
The youth knows that this decision will affect young people more than any other, and it would be wrong that older generations dominate discussions and decisions.
At the same time, last Monday marks the day when the heads of 103 universities had issued an open letter expressing how they were “gravely concerned” on the impacts of the Leave vote on their universities and students, further stating that the link between university education to good and stable economy should not be estimated.
The signatories further stated that every year, universities generate around £73 billion for the British economy, £3.7B of which is generated by students from EU countries while providing support to about 380,000 jobs.
Thus universities benefit the British people by creating employable graduates and at the same time funding cutting-edge research discoveries to provide innovation which will definitely improve the quality of everyone’s lives.
Among the programs which will be directly be affected by Brexit is Erasmus+, a well known programme which provides 250,000 the opportunity to undertake cultural and educational exchanges throughout Europe over seven years.
The program provides Britain with funding of around €1B over the period mentioned.
On the other hand, those who come from the Leave camp have said that Brexit would not deter EU students from applying to British universities.
It further argued that the increase in international fees applied to those who wanted to study in the UK could help plug a funding gap.
Vote Leave has also countered previous claims from the other camp, that leaving the EU would end government plans to expand apprenticeships.
Universities UK (UUK), “the voice of universities,” while respecting the electorate’s vote, had expressed its disappointment considering the group had vigorously campaigned for the union to remain.
Julia Goodfellow, UUK President has ensured that, UUK’s focus during the transition will be on securing support to allow UK to remain global in its outlook, internationally-networked, and an “attractive destination” for talented people from across Europe.