Irish Involvement in the UK’s Turing Exchange Scheme

Tuesday, April 27, 2021. 6:13pm

Ireland Should Seek Early Involvement in the UK’s Turing Exchange Scheme – Byrne 

Hotel & Tourism Students Could be Big Beneficiaries 

Up to 800 Hotel and Tourism students could benefit from Ireland’s early participation in the UK’s planned Turing Exchange Programme, according to Fianna Fáil Further & Higher Education Spokesperson, Senator Malcolm Byrne . 

The UK has left the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange programme and under Erasmus, up to 800 students from Ireland would study each year in the UK. Senator Byrne has urged the Irish government to become an early partner in the Turing programme being planned by the British government for student exchange, so that these students would not lose out. 

Senator Byrne commented, “Many students, especially in hotel and catering management, would have done an Erasmus year in a big London hotel and helped develop their skills. We need to move quickly to ensure that we avail of the new Turing scheme to allow this engagement to continue.” 

Senator Byrne will make the point at this afternoon’s meeting of the Brexit Committee in Leinster House, which will hear from Further & Higher Education Minister, Simon Harris, on how Brexit is impacting on the education and research sector. 

Senator Byrne will also argue that because of the close educational ecosystem between Ireland and the UK, any measures to support further bilateral collaboration should be encouraged. 

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