The EU has been humiliated after a French MEP admitted that the UK’s Turing plan may outperform Erasmus.
A MEP has stated that the UK’s post-Brexit Turing initiative might easily outperform the Erasmus program in the EU.
Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the Erasmus program, which allowed students to study at European universities for set periods of time, was no longer available. As a result, the UK government established the Turing Scheme, which permits UK students to study at institutions throughout Europe and beyond while also participating in work placements.
The Turing Scheme will launch in September, with the Department for Education (DfE) estimating that over 40,000 young people will be able to work and study abroad by the end of the year.
According to the Department for Education, 120 universities have applied for a portion of the £110 million fund.
The 40,000 total is claimed to include 28,000 university student placements in 2021-22, which is greater than the 18,300 Erasmus assignments in the 2018-19 academic year.
The Department for Education claims that the new scheme will allow young people to “take up job and study placements” in 150 countries, yet many of the nations on the list have border entrance restrictions because to the Covid epidemic.
Dominique Bilde, a French member of the European Parliament from the Rassemblement National, admitted that the UK’s post-Brexit student plan might well outstrip the EU’s Erasmus+ program.
“The Turing program, which substitutes Erasmus, is a huge success in the United Kingdom,” she posted on Twitter.
“It could even outperform the European version in terms of quality, which is prone to ideological whims…”
Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, commended the new plan, noting that 48 percent of applicants came from low-income families.
“The opportunity to work and learn in a foreign nation is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that broadens minds, sharpens skills, and improves outcomes,” he said.
“However, until today, it has disproportionately benefited people from the most fortunate backgrounds.
“The Turing Scheme has had a wide range of successful applications from schools and institutions across the country, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring that everyone benefits from Global Britain.”
Paul James Cardwell, a professor at City Law School, University of London, told The Guardian that the number of persons who will attend will be smaller than the number of places universities have bid for.
“All opportunities to study abroad are welcome,” he said, “but we need to be clear about how many kids will actually go overseas.”