Anneliese welcomed the news that the European Investment Bank would be loaning £75 million to the University of Kent.
This money will support the University's £211m five-year estates capital investment plan, which includes the construction of a number of new buildings and improving teaching and research facilities across both campuses of the university.
This is just one example of how the higher education sector of the South East benefits from membership of the European Union. The South East's eighteen universities already receive over £77 million from EU research funds, and the higher education section in the UK as a whole has received £4.8 billion from EU funding in recent years. Separately, the European Investment Bank has provided more than £1.6 billion for significant campus development by 26 higher and further education institutions across the UK over the last five years. These loans have contributed to improvements in teaching and research facilities, and help to ensure the UK remains a world leader in research and education.
Anneliese said: "I was delighted to hear that the University of Kent is going to benefit from a £75 million loan from the European Investment Bank. This is good news for students and for the people of Canterbury and Medway. Not only will the funding enable the University to develop new buildings, it will also enable them to refurbish existing ones, so they can make them much more energy efficient. Well done to the University of Kent for securing this funding!"
Anneliese is dedicated to ensuring that her constituents can get the best deal from the European Union. Long term funding like this can be difficult to obtain, so Anneliese is working hard in the European Parliament to improve access to funding and secure new mechanisms which both the public sector and also the private sector can access for long term projects.