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Manchester University Secures EU Project Funding

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Manchester Metropolitan University has secured funding for three projects that will help the institution strengthen its European ties.

The first scheme, the Small and Medium Enterprises Growth Access Gap Project (SME), is one of just eighteen projects approved across the EU and involves working with the Greater Manchester Apprenticeship Hub, in conjunction with an NGO in Austria and a Regional Authority in Spain.

The two other projects which have secured funding, the Digital Transformation of European Micro Enterprises (DiTEM) and the Sustainability Alliance of Urban Networks in Asian Cities (SAUNAC), both help strengthen the links between Europe and the university.

SAUNAC and SME both directly fund the Erasmus+ scheme with 1 million Euros, and seemingly secure it for the foreseeable future for Manchester Metropolitan University students.

The news will come as a relief to students, who have faced uncertainty as to whether the Erasmus+ scheme is sustainable in the UK after the country decided to leave the EU. However, it's not yet clear if funding for these specific projects will be repeated elsewhere across British universities.

Jennie Shorely, Head of Bids and Partnerships for the Centre for Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University said: "These exciting opportunities represent exciting new global partnerships for the university, stretching across Europe to Vietnam. We are looking forward to working with all partners to support the development of SMEs, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship skills and to consolidate our current working relationships and develop new ones."