Scotland has launched a scholarship program to mend post-Brexit ties with Europe.
Hundreds of EU students will be supported to study in Scotland through a new £ 2.25million scholarship program.
The Saltire scholarship program was designed to help mitigate the negative impact of Brexit on the number of students. The latest UCAS data shows a 41% decrease in the number of European students applying to study at Scottish universities this academic year.
Funding has been allocated to institutions through the Scottish Funding Council and students starting their studies this fall or January can apply for assistance.
The scholarships will be reviewed by universities for postgraduate studies at masters level and colleges will consider applications for higher national level, higher national certificate or higher national diploma.
Higher and Further Education Minister Jamie Hepburn said: “EU students make an absolutely vital contribution to our economy, our educational environment and to society as a whole.
“Our new scholarship program will help strengthen and mend our ties with the EU and send a clear message that Scotland is open for business for European students.
“Over the past year we have unfortunately seen a dramatic reduction in applications from European students wishing to study here, we are determined to do everything possible to reverse the damage caused by Brexit and promote the educational offer of the Scotland in the world, ”he added.
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