70 Nige­ri­ans get $4.6m US schol­ar­ships

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

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.

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