65 US varsities woo Nigerians to institutions

More than 65 universities in the US are to participate in the forthcoming EducationUSA’s 17th Annual College and Career Fair, scheduled to hold on different dates in Lagos and Abuja.

Mrs Chinenye Uwadileke, EducationUSA Adviser in Lagos, said on Monday that the fair would hold from September 26 to 27 in Lagos and from September 28 to 29 in Abuja.

According to her, the Lagos fair will be devoted to prospective Nigerian undergraduate students who want to embark on Bachelor Degrees programme in the U.S.

“We are expecting 32 accredited US universities in Lagos, while another 33 are also being expected in Abuja,’’ she told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

“This is the only fair of its kind and size in Nigeria and a great way for Nigerian students to learn more about higher education in the US.’’

The Adviser said that the fair would not only give prospective students options of where to study, it would also give US Alumni the opportunity to share their experiences with them.

Uwadileke said the fair would afford Nigerians the opportunity to interact freely with representatives of the universities as well as enable them to make the right career choices.

The official said that the US government was committed to partnering with Nigeria in the overall development of her citizenry, especially in education.

Uwadileke said the US Government had over the years continued to encourage more Nigerians through its Fulbright Programme and Hubert Humphrey Fellowship to study in different US institutes.

She also noted that the government had continued to support Nigerians educationally through its Youth Leadership Programmes, Citizen Exchange programmes and the EducationUSA Office.

Uwadileke announced that EducationUSA Nigeria had recently started offering scholarships to high-achieving low-income students.

“This scholarship covers the up-front costs of applying to study in the US, so, there will be no barrier for such students to access the same opportunities,’’ she said.