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‘Maintaining co-operation’ – new joint statement from UUK and Universities Austria

19 October 2018

Yesterday, a delegation of UK university leaders met with their Austrian counterparts in Vienna and discussed maintaining university research, education and student exchange collaboration post-Brexit.

Following the session, Professor Dame Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool and President of Universities UK, who led the UK delegation, and President Rector Eva Blimlinger, Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts and President of Universities Austria (UNIKO), released this joint statement:

“The UK and Austria have a long history of collaboration in research and education. Since 2012 we have produced over 14,000 research articles together, and we have over 780 current collaborations through European research projects. 

We exchange students in both directions to mutual benefit, with more than 2,300 Austrian students in the UK and over 670 UK students in Austria. 

We want to maintain this co-operation and are committed to working together to this end. At this point in the Brexit negotiations, we urge our respective political leaders to find a way to preserve our collaboration in research and education, preferably through the full association of the UK to the future Framework Programme for Research, Horizon Europe, and to the Erasmus programme for staff and student exchange.”

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