Obstacles to student mobility must be removed

On the basis of the conclusions of Christian Barilaro (Monaco, ALDE), the Standing Committee of the PACE has called on member states to increase funding for students to encourage their mobility. In this connection, it recommends that the Committee of Ministers revise the European Agreement on Continued Payment of Scholarships to Students Studying Abroad, with a view to introducing new measures for financial support.

The parliamentarians further recommend that states improve the recognition of qualifications and streamline administrative procedures that have an impact on student mobility – visas, social cover and residence and work permits.

The resolution adopted also calls on higher education institutions to promote student mobility, by providing information about academic mobility programmes and including mobility as part of university courses, introducing joint degrees and providing foreign language courses and developing sponsorship programmes between incoming and outgoing students.

In addition, the member states should implement policy measures to encourage the return of graduates to their home countries after taking part in student mobility programmes, to prevent any brain drain.