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Joint statement from UUK and HRK on the importance of continued academic collaboration

9 November 2018

​On Thursday 8 November, Universities UK President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool, Professor Dame Janet Beer, met with the President of Germany's national rectors' conference, HRK, Professor Peter-Andre Alt, to discuss how to maintain the current high levels of research collaboration and staff and student exchange between the UK and Germany, post-Brexit. 


Following the meeting the Presidents issued the following joint statement:

"The UK and Germany have a long history of collaboration in research, with over 11,854 current collaborations through European research projects. We exchange students in both directions to mutual benefit, with over 13,400 German students in the UK and more than 3,500 UK students having studied, volunteered or worked for a period in Germany as part of their studies in 2016/2017. We value this co-operation highly and we have pledged to cultivate and encourage further academic collaboration. We must work hard to ensure that our nearest neighbours - with whom we share values, research ambitions and culture - remain as close to us as they are now." 

Professor Beer comments: "Education and research have changed the world for the better and we should not forget this in these politically uncertain times."

Professor Alt comments: "British and German universities share a longstanding history of successful collaboration both in joint research and the exchange of students and researchers. We are convinced that this history must be continued for our mutual benefit and societal purpose."

They continue: "We urge our respective political leaders to find a way to preserve this co-operation and look at the possibility of full association to both the future Framework Programme for Research, Horizon Europe, and to the Erasmus programme for staff and student exchange of the UK as a serious option." 


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