The first ten projects to receive Scottish government funding to send university students overseas have been announced.
Michael Russell, the Member of Scottish Parliament and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, has released today his initiative to spend £115,000 on overseas scholarships for Scottish universities.
The fund is to be split between 10 projects set to be run by eight of Scotland’s universities, part of the Saltire Scholarship programme, designed to promote Scotland as a learning nation geared toward science and creative industries.
The new fund is set to provide coverage of study areas including: health, agriculture, science and engineering. The overseas locations will in countries such as China, India, the USA and Canada.
Russell said: "Our Saltire Scholarship scheme, designed to encourage students to study in Scotland, has gone from strength to strength. I've heard students from overseas speaking very highly of the experience they've had and the skills they've gained from studying in Scotland.
He went on to advocate the investment in Scotland’s future workforce: "I want to extend these opportunities and for the first time, Scottish students will be able to reap the rewards of living and studying overseas.
President of NUS Scotland, Robin Parker, has said: "As clearly demonstrated in our research report, Developing Scotland's Graduates for the Global Society, study abroad not only makes for a fantastic learning experience, it makes students more employable as well."
In the current political-economic climate, the investment in life sciences as well as the global reach of these industries is central to the aims of the policy. Parker went on to say: "NUS Scotland's Scotland Goes Global project is working to make sure that students learn about study abroad options such as these.
"The Scottish Government-funded Saltire Scholarships will result in even more students in Scotland taking the exciting step of broadening their educational horizons through study abroad."
The institutions to have been awarded funding are the Scottish Agricultural College, Edinburgh Napier University, Heriot-Watt University, Glasgow Caledonian University, the University of the West of Scotland, University of Stirling the University of Aberdeen and the University of Edinburgh.