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Update: Europe’s universities after the Brexit vote

09 September 2016

After the vote in the UK to leave the European Union, there has been much discussion about the future of universities after Brexit. Since June, EUA has been gathering evidence regarding the possible outcomes of Brexit for European programmes for research and higher education.

On 8 September, EUA published a short factsheet on the possible status of UK universities, particularly regarding participation in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. This factsheet, entitled “After the Brexit Referendum: Possible outcomes for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+,” is intended to shed some light on the different options and possibilities within the EU system to find a new relation that could allow the UK to continue as an integral part of the family of European universities.

EUA also issued a statement immediately after the vote on 24 June, affirming that UK universities will remain part of the European family. This spirit was underlined over the summer on 22 July by a statement signed by 24 national rectors’ conferences (NRCs) calling for collaboration between the UK and the rest of Europe to continue. This statement was also signed by EUA President Rolf Tarrach.

EUA stresses the importance of underlining and demonstrating the existing ties and collaborations and the key role that the UK plays. This was highlighted by EUA Secretary General Lesley Wilson at the CASE Europe Annual Conference on 1 September 2016 in Brussels, where she talked with representatives from UUK and from British universities about the consequences of Brexit for the UK and for Europe.

To read the EUA factsheet, “After the Brexit referendum: Possible outcomes for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+,” please click here.

To see the statement from the NRCs, please click here.

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