Over 38,000 Students to Study Abroad in 2022/23 Under UK Turing Scheme
United Kingdom Europe Higher Education News International Studies by Erudera News Jul 06, 2022
More than 38,000 students will be able to study and work abroad during the 2022/23 academic year under the UK’s exchange program, Turing Scheme.
This is an increase from 2020, when 35,000 students were projected to be supported, but a drop from 40,000 students in 2021/22 academic year, Erudera reports.
52 percent of 38,000 students who will have the opportunity to study abroad under the scheme will be from disadvantaged groups, also an increase from 48 percent last year.
The scheme has received 513 applications this year, a 24 percent increase from last year when 412 applications in total were submitted.
Minister for Skills Alex Burghart expressed delight that the Turing Scheme will be giving opportunities to more disadvantaged students to study in the world than before. He also noted that the launch year was successful.
“This government wants to open these opportunities up to so many more students in regions that lost out under Erasmus+ so that students of all ages can embrace different cultures, make new friends and acquire new knowledge. I hope that next year’s placements will be just as inspiring,” Burghart said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Director for Policy and Global Engagement and incoming Acting Director at Universities UK International Jamie Arrowsmith said that the main focus to provide access to students from non-traditional backgrounds is “a real strength” for the UK scheme.
“Turing scheme funding allows universities to develop new and innovative partnerships with organisations all across the globe, as well as sustaining strategically important relationships internationally. It is important that future funding for the scheme supports the scale of UK students’ appetite for international experiences, to maximise the transformative potential of the scheme,” Arrowsmith said.
Universities, colleges, and schools across the UK will receive funding from the scheme to enable 38,000 students to study and work around the world.
The Turing Scheme replaced Eramus+ after the UK decided to leave the European Union. According to a media release issued by the UK government, the program offers students the chance to study in more than 150 countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Thailand, and South Africa.
More than 130 universities, including 116 further education providers, and 70 schools will receive an amount of £105 million.
This year, projects have included digital technology students from New Bridge College, Oldham traveling to Chicago, to visit the Apple Headquarters office in a bid to inspire the latter and support their career goals.
Next year, the scheme is expected to include cultural exchanges with Japan, Mauritius, South Korea, and Nepal for a university where 83 percent of the students come from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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