The world famous Oxford University is considering due partly to move the approaching Brexit to continental Europe. Oxford University is in talks with representatives of the city of Paris to open a branch. The idea is that after the Brexit to continue to claim European subsidies, and to have the same exchanges with European universities.
Oxford University is considering opening its first foreign campus in direct response to the UK leaving the European Union.
The former director of the French ministry for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed French authorities and institutions were working to bring the UK’s most revered universities to France and said officials had also spoken to representatives from the University of Warwick.
According to The Daily Telegraph, Oxford University has been informed that such a campus would automatically obtain French legal status and would therefore continue to receive EU funding after Brexit.
If the plans between Oxford and what The Daily Telegraph describes as “leading institutions” in France come to fruition, then construction of a new Oxford University campus in the French capital could begin as early as 2018.
A decision has yet to be reached, but a spokesman for Oxford said: “Oxford has been an international university throughout its history and it is determined to remain open to the world whatever the future political landscape looks like.”
The possibility that Brexit could lead to European research funding being withdrawn from UK universities has been described as a “disaster”, by academics.
In addition, universities fear that lack of access to Europe will make them less attractive to potential students and staff members.
Last month, Oxford University’s head of Brexit strategy Professor Alastair Buchan said being in Europe meant the university could “play in the top league”.