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New EUA Brexit factsheet: The UK in European research and student mobility

02 December 2016

EUA has published a second factsheet concerning Brexit and the possible consequences for European universities. It is well known that the UK plays a vital role in the European Research Area and that it is a very important destination for mobile students. The “EUA Brexit Factsheet: UK – European Research Collaboration and Student Mobility” puts numbers on this role as the UK stands out in all areas as a contributor to the European system.

brexit factsheetAccording to data gathered by EUA, the UK has the largest number of publications and participants in Horizon 2020 and manages 20% of all the programme’s projects. Moreover, the UK is by far the largest destination for mobile students, receiving almost 30% of European students going abroad.

The European system as a whole will suffer if this contribution is diminished as a result of Brexit. Mobility and collaboration are demonstrably increasing the quality of research and learning, and the UK plays a part in these collaborations that cannot be replaced. For this reason, EUA will work actively to keep universities in the UK as close as possible to the rest of Europe, even in the case of an exit from the Union.

To see this new EUA factsheet, please click here.

To see EUA’s first factsheet, “After the Brexit Referendum: Possible outcomes for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+”, please click here.

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