UK outlines international education plans post Brexit

A school exchange scheme is being extended as part of plans for Britain’s education ambitions after the UK leaves the EU.

In a speech at the Education World Forum in London, the UK Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson stressed the importance of nurturing international relationships as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

“The UK has always been an outward-looking and global nation, with a proud history and record when it comes to education and innovation,” he said. “Just over a week from now, the UK will leave the EU. This is the perfect opportunity to march forward and be the global leader in educating children, young people and adults. Make no mistake, I want the UK to be the best place in the world to educate your child and make the most of people’s talents.”

The Minister announced a one-year extension to a £2.5 million school exchange programme which allows children from disadvantaged backgrounds to experience other countries, cultures and improve language skills.

Mr Williamson also made clear that the UK’s doors will still be open to international students. That goal was underlined in September 2019 by the creation of a new graduate visa route, giving international students up to two years to find employment after successfully completing their studies. This new route will be launched in summer 2021.

Statistics published on 16th January showed that UK higher education institutions hosted almost 486,000 students from outside the UK in 2018/19, an increase of 27,000 on the previous year. The figure moves towards the Government’s ambition for 600,000 international students choosing to study in the UK by 2030.

Article published 21st January 2020