UK has finally bid farewell to the EU membership, and the move has urged university leaders in Europe and UK to sign a joint statement hoping to maintain UK-EU research ties post Brexit. The education groups and universities believe, remaining associated with European research projects is of “clear mutual benefit”.
In a statement issued by representatives of university, research and science groups all over Europe, 36 higher education groups called for a ‘swift agreement’ to allow UK universities to join the research schemes by paying, as associate members. Both Universities UK and CBI showed support for the proposed plan.
The education groups and universities believe, remaining associated with European research projects is of “clear mutual benefit”.
According to reports the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, said it is “open to collaborating in EU program, if it’s in the UK’s interests”.
In the past UK universities have financially benefited from European funded research projects. However, uncertainty prevails over the country’s further participation in the next research round, Horizon Europe which will be worth about €100bn (£84bn). The countries outside the EU can participate in the program but the terms and costs of the membership are yet to be negotiated.
As per reports the university representatives are want a deal to be reached on UK’s participation. They are hoping for the Erasmus student exchange to continue as well.