Oxford University could put an end to a tradition of 700 years, establishing its first campus overseas in response to Brexit, reports the Daily Telegraph. French officials have made similar offers to other reputable British universities.
French officials met last week with executives of Oxford and discussed a series of new proposals which could ensure future EU
financing for basic “satellite” in Paris. More specifically, French officials explained that any campus opened in Hexagon may receive legal status to French and EU funds. A spokesman for Oxford University said that no decision has yet been taken. “Oxford was an international university throughout its history and is committed to remain open to the world, regardless of the political landscape will look like in the future,” he added. And other universities including Warwick, were also addressed with the idea of building new campuses in Paris since 2018. Former Director General of the French Ministry of Education
, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed that there are ongoing efforts to attract the best universities in the UK
on the other side of the Channel.
Blanquer who is dean of the School of Economics and Trade (Ecole Supérieure des Sciences économiques et Commerciales, ESSEC), he said that plans for a new international campus are already running at Universite Paris Sienne – an association of 10 universities in the capital France. Blanquer and he hopes to attract “the biggest universities caliber” to “keep relationships built with their European partners.” “Therefore we have chosen to act very concretely, to enable them to continue their development with us”, he added. “The idea is symbolic, say, after Brexit: ‘We want to build bridges and academic life is not completely dependent on political issues,” said Dean French. “We want to tell British universities: ‘For you can be a game where everyone wins.” To have high quality institutions in the UK working on our territory, interacting in terms of research and collaboration, “he added. He added that he and other leaders of the French academic plans and is currently analyzing the French government. Moreover, it is in the early stages of consultation with the EU executive. “Of course it’s political considerations, but we are confident that European institutions will work in this regard to allow such a project,” he explained.
Francois Germinet, Cergy-Pontoise University president, said the project would represent an “extraordinary field for experimentation” that would allow a new relationship between Britain and Europe. The European Commission, which monitors projects for funding higher education in the EU and the program Horizon 2020 – including funds of over two billion dollars for British universities – could ensure that Oxford and other institutions of higher education will still have access to funds and collaborative research. While the future of British universities in Europe remains unclear, renowned academics warned lawmakers in London that Brexit could lead to “worst disaster” for higher education, will be withdrawn if the European funds for research. Professor Alastair Buchan, the recently appointed Director for Strategy Brexit at Oxford University, said last month that access to Europe is crucial for the university to retain their place in the elite. “We must be absolutely sure that we are open; Every student and every employee who comes to Oxford is a benefit to this country, because we recruit quality people playing at the top “, he pointed out. “The UK hosts some of the best universities and research institutions in the world and we intend to ensure the best possible result for Basic Research UK when out of the EU,” said spokesman for the UK Department for Business Strategy , Energy and Industrial. The initiative comes after France launched this month a real charm offensive to attract British bankers after the UK voted to leave the European Union.
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