Statement by DAAD President Professor Margaret Wintermantel
The UK vote against membership of the EU will considerably affect the mobility of students and academics. The UK is one of the most attractive study destinations worldwide. This can be said for students from the whole of Europe, but specifically for those from Germany. Academics from Germany form an especially large group of colleagues at British universities. Undoubtedly, any restriction of mobility will have consequences for the British academic system and for the British employment market.
Those affected include the EU-mobility programme Erasmus + for which conditions for UK participation will have to be re-negotiated.
Besides there is the question of the cost of tuition fees for students from EU countries since Erasmus students currently enjoy a waiver from tuition fees while EU students pay “home” fees. There is a possibility that tuition fees will increase.
It is also unclear what the future will bring for British academics who are seeking EU research funding.
The DAAD has built a huge network of contacts and structures in the UK over the past decades including the DAAD-UK office in London as well as many Lektoren (young German academics working at UK universities in many academic areas). This network and all British university partners affected are hoping that it will be possible for the exchange with the UK to continue without any restrictions.
Friday, 24 June 2016
See also Dr Georg Krawietz’ article on Folgen des Brexit für Wissenschaft und Universität