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26.02.2018 14:46

Higher education and Brexit: current European perspectives

UK universities are likely to suffer because of Brexit while German universities may benefit, according to a new report from the British Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE). INCHER members Jens Jungblut and Tim Seidenschnur contributed to the report - published February 2018.

The referendum results which led to the British decision to leave the EU (Brexit) has „send shockwaves through the UK higher education sector“ (Courtois 2018). Although, the exact impact of Brexit on the higher education sector is still largely unknown it could result in the UK losing access to EU research funding, mobility programmes and  collaborations as well as difficulties to attract EU staff and students. At the same time, Brexit supposedly will change the European higher education landscape, as the British research and higher education sector is one of its strong pillars. The special report Higher education and Brexit: current European perspectives is based on the research project ‘Brexit and higher education in the UK and Europe: Towards a cross - country investigation’ which was initiated by the Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) at  the UCL Institute of Education (UK). The primary aim of the project was to  collect preliminary data relating to the potential impact of Brexit on UK universities  and their relationships to European higher education, with particular attention to  staffing issues.

The report edited by Aline Courtois shows how the current situation is assessed in nine European countries including the UK. Jens Jungblut and Tim Seidenschnur (both INCHER-Kassel) contributed the country report „Germany: Much Ado About Nothing? – Perceptions in German Universities Regarding the Impact of Brexit“ (pp.47-59).

The report can be accessed at www.researchcghe.org/perch/resources/publications/he-and-brexit.pdf