Metro [Guardian] Nigeria Ranks High In Supply Of African Students To U.S.


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The number of international students at United States colleges and universities increased by 10 per cent to a record high of 974, 926 students in the 2014/15 academic year, marking the highest rate of growth in 35 years.

This is as Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Prof. Isaac Asuzu, has said that the number would continue to swell as far as adequate facilities were not put in place to address the burgeoning clan of tertiary education seekers.

The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, which made this disclosure recently, added that the strong growth was a confirmation of the fact that U.S. remains the destination of choice in higher education.

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The new report indicates there were 9,494 students from Nigeria studying in the U.S. in 2014/15, making Nigeria the leading source of students from Africa and the 15th largest country worldwide among international students there.

This marks a three-year high in the number of Nigerians studying in the United States since 2012.

Students from Nigeria in the U.S. study primarily at the undergraduate level, with 50.2 per cent enrolled at the undergraduate level, 35.2 percent at the graduate level, 12.6 percent pursuing optional practical training, and two per cent in non-degree programmes or short-term studies.

The data was released to mark the celebration of International Education Week, which is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, to prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the states.


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