“We note the government’s opposition to the Commission’spreferred funding increase for Erasmus for All but reiterate ourview that this programme merits a proportionately larger allocationunder the next multi-annual financial framework.”
Tackle low outward mobility
Instead of curtailing the Erasmus program, the House of Lorddemands that the Education Minister David Willets does somethingabout the low mobility of British students. This would entail forinstance that foreign languages become mandatory subjects inprimary and secondary schools.
In the report, the House of Lords points out that “outwardmobility from comparator countries including France, Germany andSpain is still approximately three times that of the United Kingdomand, as a result, the United Kingdom is a substantial net receiverof Erasmus students from elsewhere in the EU.”
“The government must place higher education at the heart oftheir growth agenda in order to maintain and contribute to theeconomic and social wealth of the UK and Europe as a whole. In theimmediate few months, this will require the government to negotiateambitiously to allocate a greater proportion of the long-term EUbudget to research, innovation and education, including the Erasmusprogramme.”