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SNP’s Erasmus replacement shelved indefinitely

May 17, 2022 12:14 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Liam McArthur has today said that SNP promises to deliver a Scottish exchange programme to replace the Erasmus scheme have been shelved indefinitely, after ministers confirmed that no plans to consult on the scheme despite manifesto commitments made during last May's Scottish election.

In response to a parliamentary question from Mr McArthur, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education Jamie Hepburn confirmed that "Currently, Scottish Government have no confirmed timetable for a consultation process for the proposed Scottish Education Exchange programme."

Liam McArthur MSP said:

"The Erasmus+ programme was a fantastic initiative which opened up the world for Scottish universities and students alike. It helped build relationships and provided invaluable life experiences for so many young people. It was a needless casualty of Brexit.

"At the election the SNP promised a Scottish exchange programme but now it seems to have been shelved indefinitely. The SNP are happy to burnish their pro-European credentials in an election campaign but when push comes to shove they can't be bothered with the hard work.

"There is already a scheme in place in Wales which Scottish ministers could learn from. Otherwise a generation of students will have missed out."