The UK government has presented a new international student exchange program in connection with the end of December 31, the transition period in relations with the European Union after Brexit. This is stated in a statement released on Saturday by the United Kingdom Department of Education.
The new initiative, called the Turing scheme in honor of the English mathematician Alan Turing (1912-1954), was presented in connection with the withdrawal of the UK from the large-scale European student and teacher exchange program Erasmus. London announced the end of participation in this program on Thursday following the signing of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK at the conclusion of Brexit. The British authorities explained their step by too high costs for Erasmus.
Over £100 million ($133.8 million) will be allocated to the Turing scheme initiative next year, with the expectation that about 35 thousand British students will be able to use it and go for an internship at a foreign university.
“Both our students and our employers will benefit from this program. In addition, by doing so, we will strengthen our ties with partners around the world,” said the head of the department Gavin Williamson, adding that the Turing scheme will begin to be implemented from September 2021.
On December 24, Brussels and London reached a compromise on the text of a partnership agreement after Brexit. According to Michel Barrier, the EU’s chief negotiator on Brexit, the agreement provides for free trade without quotas and tariffs, unrestricted access to each other’s territory, sea, and air space, and balanced access to marine resources. He also noted that the parties will provide their citizens with equal access to each other’s social systems. Brussels and London refused to coordinate actions in the field of foreign policy, sanctions regimes, and defense.
Brexit’s negotiations between the UK and the EU started on June 19, 2017, and were originally scheduled for two years, but were extended several times. The UK left the EU on the night of 1 February 2020, agreeing to an 11-month transition period during which all European regulations, including those related to single market trading, apply to the UK.