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U.S. varsities admit about 13,000 Nigerians yearly

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U.S. varsities admit about 13,000 Nigerians yearly

By Lucy Osuizigbo-Okechukwu

US Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli says approximately 13,000 Nigerian students are admitted to the United States each year.

Ibelli made the revelation during the launch of the “Windows on America” ​​hub at Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka, on Tuesday.

He described Nigerians as one of the most dominant immigrant groups in the United States

He said the “Windows on America” hub was aimed at providing young Nigerians with educational opportunities available in the United States.

Windows on America are free spaces that offer services to students on how to study in the United States and how to apply for scholarships to study abroad.

“The hub will help promote mutual understanding between the United States and Nigeria‘s older youth to access information about the country, its government, history, culture and education system.

“The hub will also provide free libraries, online courses, training in resume writing, an incubation center for talented young people to develop their natural strengths, as well as their leadership and entrepreneurship skills.

“We have about 13,000 Nigerians admitted to study in the United States each year. It shows that the two nations share a unique cultural diversity, ”he said.

Ibelli, who said the programs offered at the center would be free to all interested young people, urged them to use the platform and resources provided to grow.

He appreciated the leadership of the university for the partnership and for their efforts which he said resulted in the establishment of the hub.

In his speech, the Vice-Chancellor of the NAU, Professor Okechukwu Esimone, recalled that the plans for the establishment of the hub at the university began in December 2018.

Esimone said the memorandum of understanding between the US embassy and the university was signed in July 2020, however.

“The current public affairs officer has continued to update the project with admirable enthusiasm.

“Awka Windows on America, as a resource and training center, would undoubtedly be a tremendous asset to the staff and students of the university,” he said. (NAA)

(NAN)

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