US records 12 percent increase of Nigerian students

Temitope Mustapha,Abuja.

Aruna Amirthanayagam

The ‎US embassy in Nigeria, says over 10,600 Nigerians presently study at more than 980 colleges and universities in the US.

Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, Aruna Amirthanayagam, stated this on Friday at meeting  for E‎ducation Pre-Departure Orientation, in Abuja.

He said: “According to the latest Institute of International E‎ducation Open Doors Report, over 10,600 Nigerians study at more than 980 colleges and universities in the United States.

“This is a 12 percent increase over the previous year and contributed to a 5 percent increase for all of Africa.

“‎Nigeria continues to be the undisputed leader in Africa, sending more international students to the United States than any other country on the continent, ranking number 14 among countries worldwide. “

“EducationUSA advising provides clear, authoritative information on US undergraduate, gra‎duate, and post- graduates academic programs. Furthermore, our advising centres, both in Abuja and Lagos, assist high achieving, low – income students to apply to US colleges and universities that will offer admission with full scholarships. This opportunity funds program removes the financial barrier to US study for some of Nigeria’s  most talented students.

“The list of acceptance is quite impressive including more than 560 schools in all, among them Boston University, Cornell University, John Hopkins University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Vanderbilt University, Bowdoin College, Howard University, Smith College, Swarthmore College, Tufts University, Vassar College, the University of Rochester, Auburn University, the University of California – Berkeley, and Wellesley College.

To support these Nigerian scholars, this year EducationUSA members received more than $6 million in scholarships from these institutions,” Mr. Amirthanayagam added.

He said there were over 140 students for both under graduate and postgraduates studies, who got the scholarships, this year.

One of the recipients, 23 year old, Ajibola Ajede, who graduated from ‎Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Ogun State, studied Civil Engineering and got a scholarship to do his Doctorate in Biomedical Science, says he plans to return to Nigeria, after the completion of his studies, to give back to society.