In a break from its 700-year-long historical past, the UK’s College of Oxford is contemplating opening its first-ever overseas campus in France as a way to proceed receiving EU funding post-Brexit, a media report mentioned on Monday.
One of many world’s oldest and best-known academic establishment is reportedly contemplating the plans as a direct results of Britain’s referendum in favour of an exit from the European Union (EU), which may affect EU funding.
Oxford College has been informed that any campus opened in France may have French authorized standing and would proceed to obtain EU funding following Brexit, ‘The Every day Telegraph’ reported.
As a part of the plans, British Universities would “relocate” diploma programs and research programmes and create joint levels and analysis laboratories.
A spokesperson for the College mentioned no determination has been taken, including, “Oxford has been a global College all through its historical past and it’s decided to stay open to the world regardless of the future political panorama appears like.”
French officers met senior workers at Oxford College final week to debate a so-called “satellite tv for pc” base in Paris.
Different universities, together with the College of Warwick, have additionally been approached with the thought to construct a brand new campus in Paris in 2018.
Jean-Michel Blanquer, the previous director-general of the French ministry for training, confirmed that efforts had been underneath technique to appeal to Britain’s finest Universities on to French shores.
“The thought is symbolic, to say after Brexit, we need to construct bridges and that tutorial life is just not completely depending on political issues.
“We need to say to British Universities that it may be a win-win recreation for you. To have top quality establishments from the UK working in our territory, interacting collectively by way of analysis and collaboration,” Blanquer informed the newspaper.
Final month, Oxford College’s head of Brexit technique Professor Alastair Buchan mentioned: “We’ve got acquired to be completely positive we’re open. Each scholar and each workers member that involves Oxford is a profit for this nation as a result of we recruit high quality, those that play within the prime league.”
A spokesperson for the UK authorities’s Division for Enterprise, Vitality and Industrial Technique mentioned Britain is dwelling to a few of the world’s finest Universities and analysis establishments and the plan is to safe the very best consequence for the UK’s analysis base after Brexit.
“We’ve got already taken steps to supply assurances by committing to underwrite Horizon 2020 grants bid for previous to the UK’s departure from the EU and put science and analysis on the coronary heart of our Industrial Technique with an additional 2- billion-pound funding per 12 months – and can search settlement to proceed to collaborate with our European companions on main science, analysis and know-how initiatives,” the spokesperson mentioned.