Written by Godfrey AKON

US partners TETFund to scale up scholarships

The United States Government and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, are collaborating to scale up scholarships offered to Nigerian academics.

Cultural Affairs Officer of the United States in Nigeria, Mr. Sterling Tilley, said US and the Fund could partner on Fulbright’s Scholarship and TETFund Academic Staff Scholarship programmes where Academic staff of Nigeria’s universities are supported by both TETFund and US to undertake Masters and PhDs in the US at a shared cost.

Tilley spoke in Abuja when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro, accompanied by Miss Bella Anne Ndubuisi, the Cultural Affairs Specialist of the US Embassy in Abuja.

A statement by the TETFund Director, Public Affairs, Dr. Jacob Alada, said the US official explained that the aim of his visit was to strengthen the already existing relationship between the United States Embassy and the Fund through partnership aimed at building capacity of Academics in Nigerian Universities.

Part of the partnership programme is for TETFund Scholars undertaking PhDs in Science-related fields in Nigeria to benefit from joint sponsorship from the Fund and the US Government to embark on their Bench work in universities and research centers or institutes in the US.

In his response, the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Bogoro, stated that the partnership would increase the number of participants seeking to further their studies at the Masters and PhD levels as well as those desirous of undertaking their Bench work in America’s Universities or Research Institutes and Centers.

The TETFund boss pointed out that the Fund is looking forward to expanding its scholarship programme to accommodate the increasing number of Academic staff yearning for opportunities for further studies.

He expressed the readiness of the fund’s management for such partnership, stating that the fund would facilitate arrangements to ensure it is concretized within the shortest possible time.

He further noted that the US Government wants to partner with TETFund through its Fulbright Programme because of the credible Scholarship Programme the Fund runs.

Scholars on this partnership will enjoy the full status of both TETFund and Fulbright Scholars and other opportunities available after the completion of their programmes.

The Fulbright Programme is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under world-wide policy guidelines established by the Fulbright Board,” the statement explained.

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