Boris Johnson discusses Northern Ireland protocol
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Ireland’s Further and Higher Education Minister said students from Northern Ireland would be given access to the EU-funded scheme by allowing them to temporarily register with Irish Universities and travel to an EU member state. Talks have been way with higher education institutions (HEIs) on both sides of the border on the proposal, which is expected to cost £1.8 million per year.
Simon Harris said: “Officials in my department have been engaging with higher education institutions (HEIs), north and south officers about the proposal in the first instance.
“Overall, there is a positive reaction from the NI HEIs to the proposal, with the early indications of student interest to pursue the Erasmus option.”
Erasmus allows degree students to study part of their degree abroad or undertake a work placement in another EU country.
The exchanges usually take place in the second or third year of a course, and can last up to 12 months.
But after the UK left the EU, the UK Government has introduced its own study abroad scheme, the Turing scheme, named after the mathematician Alan Turing, to replace the EU scheme.
Last night, the UK Government questioned the proposals, with a senior Whitehall source telling Express.co.uk: “Turing is beneficial to all students of the UK, Erasmus is bloated and bureaucratic.
“It’s a sneaky move by Dublin, Northern Ireland is part of the UK and students should take part in our truly Post-Brexit replacement.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stressed the Turing scheme was a “truly global programme” with every country in the world eligible to partner with UK universities, schools and colleges.
NI Government Department of Education figures reveal 649 students and staff from Northern Ireland took part in the Erasmus scheme in the 2019/2020 academic year.
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