Proposals to increase the number of British students heading to continental Europe to study are too modest, a House of Lords debate has heard.
Lord Giddens of Southgate, former director of the London School of Economics, said he was disappointed by the "modest approach" adopted by a Lords committee examining how student and staff mobility could be increased.
The Lords EU subcommittee, headed by Baroness Young of Hornsey, recommended the introduction of modern language teaching in all primary and secondary schools, and the allocation of more cash to research, innovation and education in the European Union"s Horizon 2020 budget.
More flexible short-term placements should also be made available under the Erasmus scheme, which provides grants for students to study abroad, said the report, The Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe, which was published in March this year.
"I am on the board of three business schools and applications from India have plummeted," he said. "The message (the visa ban) sends out across the world is: "We do not want foreign students"."
[Source: The Times Higher Education]
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