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MORAY MP CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF ERASMUS PROGRAMME FOLLOWING BREXIT VOTE

01/09/2016  

PROGRAMME SUPPORTS STUDENTS FROM MORAY AND ACROSS SCOTLAND

In a week when many students in Moray and across Scotland are heading to Colleges and Universities to study, Moray’s MP Angus Robertson is calling on the UK Government to commit to protecting the Erasmus scheme following the Brexit vote.

For the first semester of the 2016/17 Academic Year Moray College will welcome 13 Erasmus students from other European countries and 10 staff placements. There are also staff placements for Moray staff to go abroad and for Moray students to take up European learning opportunities through the Erasmus scheme.

Commenting on the issue local SNP MP Mr Robertson said:

“It was former Moray MP and Scotland MEP Winnie Ewing who chaired the European Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee when Erasmus was established in the late 1980s.

“From those beginnings, the scheme has grown - and in recent years over 1,400 students from Scottish universities have been supported by the Erasmus programme to study abroad.

“In addition we see hundreds of incoming students to Scotland as part of the programme and like other educational institutions Moray College UHI sees the benefit of the scheme and has been a place of study for many Erasmus students and staff over many years.

“The Brexit vote has put the continued participation of the UK in the programme under threat, and the SNP is calling for it to be protected so that students and institutions like Moray College UHI can continue to reap the benefits of the scheme.

“Our students also benefit massively from the opportunity to take a year abroad in Europe, giving them the chance to experience new cultures and ways of learning, whilst becoming more open to different ways of life.

“That exchange of culture is really important in building strong relationships across borders and in showing off Moray and Scotland to the world.

“The UK Government needs to make it clear that the Erasmus programme will be protected – so that our universities and our students can continue to benefit and participate in the fantastic scheme.”

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