Oxford Brookes University has been awarded funding as part of the government’s first Turing Scheme, to give students opportunities to work and study abroad.
Up to 90 students from Oxford Brookes could benefit from the programme in the next academic year, with the opportunity to take up international work placements, global exchange programmes or study in Japan. More than 30% of the students will be from disadvantaged backgrounds. The university is committed to offering a wide range of exchange experiences to students, ensuring those who prefer a shorter stay are accommodated, and will seek to increase the numbers of students taking up international opportunities in the coming years.
The Turing Scheme has replaced the UK’s participation in Erasmus+ and gives young people the opportunity to work and study abroad. Canada, Japan and the United States are amongst the international destinations where UK students will be funded to visit, alongside popular European countries such as Germany and France.
Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “I’m delighted with our success in securing a significant amount from the first ever funding round of the Turing Scheme. This is testament to Oxford Brookes University’s global outlook and commitment to creating dynamic and well-rounded graduates. Studying and working overseas can be life-changing, and this funding will help us create truly valuable experiences for our students.”
The Turing Scheme, announced by the Education Secretary last year, is named after pioneering UK war hero and father of modern computing Alan Turing, who studied abroad at Princeton University before going on to crack the Enigma code in World War Two.
Oxford Brookes University has a growing international reputation and footprint, with over 2,700 students from 140 overseas countries studying at the institution. The University also has teaching partnerships delivering awards to over 3,000 students across the globe including in China, Greece, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Germany, and Singapore, as well as a network of student and staff mobility partners.