Borders no barrier to success

Tuesday, 23 December 2008


Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, joined 18 of her counterparts from around the world to discuss ways of helping students and staff study and work at foreign universities.

Janet Beer, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, joined 18 of her counterparts from around the world to discuss ways of helping students and staff study and work at foreign universities.

Today, students and staff enjoy better levels of training than in the past thanks to ever better co-operation between universities around the world.

The round table, held in London, looked at ways of improving that co-operation even further by strengthening international links throughout the Higher Education sector.

Vice-Chancellors from ten British Universities and eight Latin American universities met in the event organised by Banco Santander which pledged funding for 350 new scholarships and grants in 2009. They discussed ways of increasing international exchanges and new ways of networking knowledge.

And they reviewed their respective university systems with a view to setting up a joint action plan.

The vice-chancellors also analysed how applications to study or work at foreign universities are currently made and how knowledge can be better shared across borders.

Janet Beer said: "Academic success should not be limited by national borders nor by wealth.

"Equal access to higher education for all members of society promotes social justice and cohesion, enhances personal development and leads to sustainable development."

Emilio Botin, President of Banco Santander, said: "Higher education is the most important investment for the future of the country."

He added: "We adopted the conviction that investment in education constitutes the most efficient means to advance towards more open, socially more balanced and economically more dynamic societies."