Professor Aldwyn Cooper, Vice Chancellor of Regent’s University London, has added his signature to an open letter published in the Independent, along with 95 other VCs who are concerned about the impact a UK exit from the EU could have on British universities and their students.
The letter states that the impact of universities on local communities and the UK economy should not be underestimated, adding that 'every year, universities generate over £73 billion – £3.7bn of which is generated by students from EU countries, while supporting nearly 380,000 jobs.'
Making clear their support for EU membership, the vice-chancellors write that strong universities benefit the British people by creating employable graduates and cutting-edge research discoveries that improve lives.
They continue: 'Our membership of the EU enhances this positive impact and makes our outstanding universities even stronger. EU membership supports British universities to attract the brightest and best minds from across Europe, enhancing university research and teaching and contributing to economic growth.'
Professor Cooper concludes:
'On 23 June 2016 we all have an important choice to make – whether to vote to remain in, or to leave the European Union.
'The decision made will have a long-lasting impact on all our futures, but it is young people who will live with the consequences for the longest. It is a once in a generation decision and we only get one opportunity to vote.
'It is for these reasons that, whichever side you are on, I urge you to "Get Out and Vote".'
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