The Brexit aftermath: perspectives for the future

Thursday, 30 June 2016

By voting the EU referendum on June 24, 2016, the people of the UK decided to leave the European Union. During the joint session held on June 28, the UNISS Erasmus Committee expressed its regret for the decision taken and its worries for the potential effects that it will have on the ERASMUS+ programme.

During the last three years, almost 200 students enrolled at the Univeristy of Sassari have carried out traineeships in the UK through the ERASMUS+ for Traineeship, and the applications submitted so far for the 2016-2017 a.y. have confirmed this rising trend.  

A great number of agreements are currently operational with UK partners in the framework of ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 for cooperation in innovation, both for research and educational initiatives, such as the Visiting Professor programme.

Regardless of the decision taken by the majority of UK citizens in a transparent and democratic way, several British universities have shown great interest in continuing their participation in EU framework programmes.

While answering the questions posed by our several students, and based on the feedback of the Erasmus+ Indire National Agency, the International Relations Office of the University of Sassari confirms that all current activities, including those approved in the framework of the 2016 Call for Proposals, will carry on until the scheduled deadlines.

The UNISS Erasmus Committee is confident that the competent authorities will find the instruments necessary to ensure that all mobility programmes for professors and students continue to be implemented and that ERASMUS+ will remain one of the basic pillar of European cooperation also with the UK.