As yet another consequence of ‘Brexit’ comes the potential exclusion of Britain from the popular student exchange programme between European universities. Erasmus has so far benefited tens of thousands of British students and many more from the EU visiting Britain.
The university study programme may be excluding British student from its future endeavors. The current head of Erasmus says its future cannot be guaranteed beyond 2017, according to The Guardian.
Erasmus UK director Ruth Sinclair-Jones sees this as “a sad moment of uncertainty, after 30 years of this enrichment of so many lives”. We’re a European country,” she says, “and Erasmus has become part of the rich cultural relations we must keep with Europe. I very much hope the UK can negotiate a deal that keeps us in full membership of the programme. I haven’t given up on this yet. I’m not ready to accept this blackness until we’re right there in it.”
The prospect of exclusion is particularly sad if we consider that interest in the programme has accelerated enormously in the past decade. “In 2007 we had 7,500 applications to study in Europe. By 2013 that had risen to 15,000”, Sinclair-Jones informs us.
Ironically, Erasmus had its genesis in Britain, as founding father Dr Hywel Ceri Jones set up Britain’s first European studies department, points out Ed Vulliamy, writing for The Guardian.