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Brexit May Hamper Recognition of UK Degrees

VU International News and Reviews No. 105 January 29 2018

February 2018

In an article published through, Vangelis Tsiligiris and Alex de Ruyter explore “What the higher education Brexit debate has not covered”. Apart from their conclusions that there are both challenges and opportunities for British HE in Brexit and that more research is needed both on facts and perceptions around the issue, one of their more salient observations is on – possibly diminishing – recognition of UK degrees within EU countries after Brexit.

They argue that in spite of the legal framework within the European Union for the recognition of university degrees for both professional and academic purposes, European countries have been known for dragging their feet in actually giving holders of international degrees full rights and opportunities within their system. This is particularly relevant for the British providers of transnational education, offering Greeks, German and other European students the possibility to obtain a British degree without ever leaving their country.

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