70 Nigerians get $4.6m US scholarships
The United States Embassy in Nigeria says over 70 Nigerian students have received partial or full scholarships worth over $4.6m from various universities in United States this year.
The students, according to the Deputy Chief of Mission, Maria E. Brewer, were among the 130 Nigerians who just gained admission into various institutions in that country.
Brewer was speaking yesterday in Abuja at a pre-departure orientation organised for Nigerians in pursuit of higher education in the United States.
She said about 9,500 Nigerians were currently pursuing higher education at over 730 colleges and universities in the country.
Quoting figures from the Institute of International Education’s Open Door report, she said Nigeria experienced a remarkable increase in the number of students pursuing higher education in the country.
Compared to the previous school year, she said nearly 20 percent more were enrolled in US higher institutions of learning.
According to the envoy, the rise almost single-handedly fuelled Africa’s overall student population of eight percent.