Worldwide Universities Network ‘Bridges over BREXIT’ Workshop a Success
On 9 February, the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) hosted a strategic workshop on Brexit and its implications for the higher education landscape. Together with the University of York and Maastricht University, the White Rose Brussels Office developed the WUN event by shaping the programme of the workshop and ensuring that it was a success on the day.
WUN, of which all three White Rose Universities are members, is a global higher education and research network made up of 21 universities over 5 continents. Since the idea of the workshop first emerged, over 100 experts were consulted worldwide to ensure the programme encouraged an engaging and insightful discussion. Our vision was to invite speakers and discussants of different backgrounds so that a range of perspectives on Brexit were presented. The list of attendees included the presidents of member universities, representatives of organisations and networks such as the OECD, Universities UK International, the British Council, Russell Group of Universities, League of European Research Universities (LERU), the Young European Research Universities Network (YERUN), former European Commission officials and students from the University of York and Maastricht.
Over 40 experts gathered at Maastricht University Brussels campus to discuss the current status, opportunities and threats, and future projections of Brexit for universities. The aim of the meeting was to focus on practical approaches and outcomes in research, education and mobility. The debate revolved around issues of policy development, student mobility, research collaborations and international networks. Five sessions, during which political, economic and cultural aspects of Brexit were discussed, were followed by closing remarks by Prof Koen Lamberts, President of the University of York, Martin Paul, President of Maastricht University, and John Hearn, Executive Director of the Worldwide Universities Network. It was agreed that a strategic position paper on Brexit and its potential impact on international education and research will be released as one of the outcomes of the meeting.
A full report on the event can be found here: http://wun.ac.uk/files/BREXIT_-_OUTCOMES_AND_FINAL_PROGRAM.pdf