Student leaders hail overseas cash drive

STUDENT leaders have hailed fresh funding for a scheme that allows undergraduates to spend time overseas.

Up to £130,000 will be made available through the Saltire Scholarship Outward Mobility Fund in 2012-13 to universities, colleges and student ­associations.

Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: “We greatly welcome the news that, through the Saltire Scholarship Scheme, the Scottish Government is helping provide opportunities for students to see the world as part of their studies.”

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Education Secretary Michael Russell said: “Studying abroad offers many opportunities, be they learning new cultures, improving language skills, or developing a global perspective. These and other benefits are well recognised by ­businesses.

“This fund will build upon the opportunities already available to study overseas and complements our existing ­Saltire Scholarships ­programme.”