Friday, 23 September 2011

Cheap education abroad

BBC Breakfast just ran a segment about British students going to Amsterdam for university. We're told it's the low fees rather than the drugs that are attracting them.

Curiously, there was no mention of the situation in Scotland, which was explained in a Guardian article from January of this year:
Scottish ministers claim that thousands of European students are exploiting Scotland's free university system to avoid paying escalating fees in their home countries.

The latest admissions figures show the number of students from other EU countries taking up places at Scottish universities has nearly doubled in a decade to almost 16,000 last year, at a cost of nearly £75m.
Because university education is free for residents of Scotland, under EU law students from all other EU member states are entitled to the same free places. Students in some countries such as France face annual fees and other costs running to thousands of euros a year.

But under a quirk of European law and the UK's system of devolved government, English students are not able to attend for free because they are regarded as citizens of the same member state as Scotland – the UK.
So the English subsidise the EU, and we subsidise Scotland, but we don't enjoy the same benefits. How much longer will we put up with it?

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