United States Embassy in Nigeria in an effort to increase the number of Nigerian students studying in America has encouraged Nigerian students’ to enroll in the U.S. higher education institutions programme.
The Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate, Lagos, Mr. Russell Brook made the charge in Lagos at the 19th EducationUSA Nigeria College Fair, saying that EducationUSA is the official source for information on U.S. higher education.
He said, ‘’It promotes U.S. higher education to students around the world by offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about opportunities to study at accredited post-secondary institutions in the United States.’’
According to him, the objective is to encourage international students to study in the United States, adding that over one million international students choose to study in the U.S. every year.
According to him, the Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report, over 11,000 Nigerian students who are currently studying in the United States, adding that many of them are self-financed, while many also received scholarships.
He said Nigeria is the top sending country in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Also speaking, the Chief, Educational Resources and Information Branch Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, Mr. Alfred Bill said,’’ In USA, international students is our way for our student to get know the world, without international student, our own students many times will not have an opportunity to get to know the world, to see different perspectives, they will not know about Nigeria, or about Africa.
‘’Likewise, when you go to the United States, you will come back with perspectives they leave on you from United States.
“International students studying in US makes us better, makes us stronger, make us richer and we welcome them. This is the better time for Nigerians to come and study in US and enrich themselves professionally, personally to see their success by studying in US and when they return home to Nigeria, they have great jobs waiting for them with the skills they will have acquired in United States.’’
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