UK plans new student exchange programme after leaving Erasmus

Britain is planning to invest more than 100 million pounds on a new student exchange programme, after leaving the European Erasmus scheme following its departure from the EU, dpa reported.

Britain's Department of Education said its Turing scheme would enable some 35,000 students to study abroad, starting in September. The programme, named after mathematician and codebreaker Alan Turing, is to receive 100 million for 2021/22, but after that, funding is to be set out in future budgets.

The scheme is being introduced as London leaves the European Union's Erasmus student exchange programme, a decision criticized by many following the agreement on a deal between Britain and the bloc on Friday.

Britain and the EU agreed on a trade pact to govern their relationship after the post-Brexit transition period ends at the turn of the year.

"We have designed a truly international scheme which is focused on our priorities, delivers real value for money and forms an important part of our promise to level up the United Kingdom," British Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said. The scheme aims to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the Department of Education said.

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