Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The European Union's Relationship with International Students and Researchers

The European Union has recently published information on new projects and ongoing research that will encourage students and researchers to study in the EU.

On March 25, the European Commission released a press release titled, “Making the EU More Attractive for Foreign Students and Researchers.” According to the press release, over 200,000 non-EU students and researchers come to the EU to study each year. The Commission is working on making it easier for students and researchers to stay longer than three months. To accomplish that goal, the European Parliament and the Council of the EU will need to agree upon new legislation, which the Commission hopes will take effect in 2016.

The press release mentions a new study conducted by the European Migration Network, a research arm of the Commission. The “Study on Immigration of International Students to the EU” provides a comprehensive overview and statistics on ways that EU member states attract international students to study abroad in the EU.

Both of these documents demonstrate the EU’s commitment to promote education and improve external relations. Leave us a comment to let us know what you thought about these two pieces.

Image: "Graz University, Library Reading Room," © Dr. Marcus Gossler, used under the the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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