European Union (Impact on Education of Withdrawal)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 16 March 2016.

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The Scottish Government believes that European Union membership is in the best interests of Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. We will focus our resources on continuing to make the strongest case possible for a vote to remain in the EU.

Last month, 103 university leaders across the UK urged the public

“to consider the vital role the EU plays in supporting our world-class universities”.

Eleven of the signatories to that letter were from universities in Scotland.

An analysis that was published by the Centre for Economics and Business Research in March 2014 estimated that, in 2011, approximately 336,000 jobs in Scotland were associated with exports to the EU, of which around 6,000 were associated with education.

Through the horizon 2020 programme, organisations in Scotland have secured €158 million in research and innovation funding. Other benefits of EU membership for our education sector include life-changing opportunities abroad for our students and researchers, and support for international collaboration—for example, through the Erasmus+ programme.