Wales to launch international exchange programme after Erasmus scheme pulled

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Wales is to launch a new international learning exchange programme following the UK government’s decision to withdraw from Erasmus after Brexit.

The Welsh government plans to invest £65m in the new scheme, which will run from 2022 to 2026.

The programme will aim to send 15,000 participants from Wales overseas and have 10,000 participants from other countries come to study or work in Wales.

Boris Johnson decided not to partake in Erasmus last year when talks were concluded over a post-Brexit trade deal – ending financial support for students to study abroad in all EU countries and many others, including Norway, Iceland, Tunisia and Israel.

Instead, the government rushed out a new “Turing Scheme”, named after the legendary Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing.

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