How will Brexit Affect UK and EU Students in Higher Education?

By Ekene Ifechukwu

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December 25, 2019

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BREXIT CONSEQUENCES, EFFECTS AND IMPACT ON STUDENTS IN COLLEGES AND HIGHER EDUCATION | HOW WILL BREXIT AFFECT UK, EUROPEAN UNION STUDENTS? | PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT HIGHER SCHOOL EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR SUSTAINABLE FUTURE WORLD AND BETTER LIFE

 

UNCERTAINTY OVER ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENTS IN EUROPE

It is been more than three year since the European Union (EU) and probably the rest of the world were thrown in dismay that perhaps will lead to unprecedented eventful transition in the academic set up – a  change that would present the UK, EU and every other country with the intermix of risks and opportunities in the sector.

As the deadline keeps shifting ever since March 2019 set negotiations end date, following the 1st February, 2017 British House of Commons Brexit bill vote, more is still to be resolved about how universities will engage with Europe. What are Brexit consequences on colleges and higher education system in UK and EU? What impact would it have on higher education and universities? How will it affect students in UK and EU colleges and higher education? Will the generated pool of information be useful enough to students, academic staff and authorities , policy-makers for better decision-making towards a sustainable future? What are on the table for analysis?

  • Brexit exposes inequality in partnership and collaboration in higher education and research areas

  • Post-Brexit will give room for EU countries to admit more international students from UK and other non-EU international countries

  • Brexit poses danger to quality and reputation of European research

  • Brexit alters the landscape of staff mobility and academic labour market in EU

BREXIT EXPOSES INEQUALITY IN PARTNERSHIP AND COLLABORATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH AREAS IN EU

Because there are significance differences in terms of performance and other reasons, not all countries are equal partners or enjoy mutual benefits in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)/European Research Area (ERA) landscape. 

The unequal and unbalanced collaborative exchange partnerships and funding in European Higher Education Area (EHDA) & European Research Area (ERA) cause imbalance research project benefits. This unbalanced exchange partnerships and collaboration benefits are more favourably drifted towards stronger and more influential EU countries like Germany, UK, France, Spain, Italy than Ireland, Hungary, Poland and Portugal.

Unprecedented reduced-funding of collaborative research projects, shared research facilities and academic and student exchange programmes in higher education area and research area experienced by Portugal, Poland and Ireland is a factor that has caused inequality and unbalance in higher education. As with other countries, Denmark’s experience in Erasmus student exchange partnerships was unbalanced.

However, these differences and inequalities in higher education area and research area is giving room to countries who have complained to have been less beneficial to negotiate favourably.

These differences hinder some students from benefiting from EU student mobility program and particpation in academic researches and limit their educational opportunities in higher education areas.

post-BREXIT WOULD GIVE ROOM FOR EU COUNTRIES TO ADMIT MORE INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FROM UK AND OTHER NON-EU INTERNATIONAL COUNTRIES

It is believed that UK’s membership of the EU is an attractive feature for non-EU international students for higher education in Europe and that they may instead consider other EU countries should Brexit become a reality since EU is still their preferred destination for higher education. Non-EU international students are likely to consider EU countries like Netherlands Ireland, Denmark for high education after Brexit.

The Higher Education Policy Institute think tank has predicted that numbers of applications from European students into UK universities could crash by as much as 60% when Britain leaves. These non-EU international students may enjoy reduced high education restriction from movement from one EU country to another after EU exit.

brexit poses DANGER to QUALITY AND REPUTATION OF EUROPEAN RESEARCH

EU Academicians are both worried and apprehensive that Brexit would have a damaging effect on the quality and reputation of European research and have a detrimental impact on other EU members research work.

UK has been important EU research partner for research teams across Europe and a popular destination for students and staff from many EU countries. It is where several key research facilities are located, and other EU academicians, in particular, place high value on UK collaborators to their research work. EU charter facilitates student and staff mobility within Europe.

brexit alters staff mobility AND ACADEMIC LABOUR MARKETS

A view holds that Brexit would offer opportunity for recruitment of high-profile academics currently based in the UK but this may not favour Poland, Portugal and Ireland as it alters the landscape of staff mobility and academic labour markets in EU

Demand for UK-style education is expected to rise in Europe due to staff relocations. Poland and Portugal may be unattractive destinations for UK-based academics because of existing infrastructures and salary structures. Again, Ireland’s academic labour market for entry-level positions is congested. For that fact, local applicants awaiting positions might compete unfavourably with UK-based academic residents. On the whole, EU higher education can receive a boost in having more quality staff if a greater number leaves UK after Brexit. It has been reported that some British academicians had already confirmed that a good number of non-UK EU lecturers in UK colleges and universities had already left UK.

Higher education institutions involve in partnership contracts with other universities in the areas of research including non-EU states to improve better on the academic work in teaching and learning because of the huge financial involvement in setting up research facilities. The EU, as a charter, have recorded a huge milestone in higher education system for a sustainable future of EU citizens in staff and student mobility and exchange programs.

Did the information provided in this article worth delivering an impacting higher education transition and consolidation for better life through education?

Ekene Ifechukwu

Ekene Ifechukwu is education writer. He has over 7 years experience in teaching and tutoring. He has taught in primary and secondary schools. He has affection for training children and young people. He aims at improving other people's lives through education.

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