Student leaders hail overseas cash drive

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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.”

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.”