14 July 2016
The U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Nigeria, Ms Maria Brewer, says 9,500 Nigerians are now studying at more than 730 colleges and universities in her country.
Brewer stated this at the Pre-Departure Orientation for new students held on Thursday in Abuja.
“Compared to the previous school year, nearly 20 per cent more Nigerians are enrolled at a U.S. college or university.
“This rise fuelled almost single-handedly, Africa’s overall students number increase of eight per cent.
“Nigeria is top African source country and the 15th nation worldwide with students in the U.S.”
Brewer said that the U.S. Mission’s EducationUSA Advising Centres had helped thousands of young Nigerians achieve their dreams to study in the U.S.
“This year alone, advisees received scholarships from numerous several universities totalling of over 4.6 million dollars.
“According to the latest Institute of International Education’s Open Doors report, Nigeria experienced a remarkable increase in the number of students pursuing higher education in the U.S”, she said.
She added that the Education USA programme’s success was a testament to the value in American education, describing it a “highly coveted U.S. export”.
“I urge you to be ambassadors for Nigeria and to take seriously, your responsibilities to be good citizens and scholars.”
Responding, one of the participants, Oludare Victor, a post-graduate degree holder of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, he got admission into Tuft University to pursue his PhD programme.
“I am going to study electrical and computer engineering.
“ My major is control and robotics that is my research interest in my PhD.
“I am coming back to Nigeria to become a lecturer, so that I can get students to work on problems related to industrial automation, we need robots.”
In her contribution, another student Simisola Afolayan, from Zamani College, Kaduna, said she got her scholarship because of her involvement in community projects.
“I am on 89 per cent scholarship to study Economics with dual major in Journalism at the PEN University.
“Academically speaking, I try to distinguish myself as much as I could while I was in school, I have eight ‘As’ in WAEC and I think over the years, I have been overly interested and active in community service.”