By Godfrey AKON
A newly-released 2023 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange says the United States has become the preferred destination for Nigerian students and students across the world.
The report said Nigeria is the 7th largest sending country globally with a 22.2 per cent increase in Nigerian student enrolment, totalling 17,640 for the 2022/2023 academic year.
Citing the report, a statement from the US Mission said Nigeria is the leading source of students from Africa and 7th largest contributor worldwide.
“Nigeria jumped from 10th place during the 2021/2022 school year and now sends more students to the U.S. than Japan (8th), Brazil (9th), and Saudi Arabia (10th).
“The substantial increase in Nigerian students choosing to study in the United States not only underscores the U.S. commitment to providing quality education for Nigerian scholars but also plays a pivotal role in fostering stronger connections and cultural exchanges between our two nations,” it said.
It further stated that in a historic development, two Sub-Saharan African countries, including Ghana, are now among the top twenty-five sending nations to the United States, emphasizing the region’s rapid growth in international student representation.
“Nearly 55 percent of Nigerian students pursue graduate-level studies, reflecting the nation’s commitment to advanced education. This data, unveiled by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in the Open Doors 2023 report, underscores the continued competitiveness of U.S. higher education, and marks the beginning of International Education Week.
“This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education aims to foster global awareness and attract future leaders from around the world to experience and learn in the United States. The report is published annually by the Institute of International Education in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,” the statement said.