Nigeria has largest student population in US – Envoy

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Nigeria has largest student population in US – Envoy 
By Agency Reporter   
Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 

The Deputy Chief of Mission at the Unted States Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. James McAnulty, has said that more than 6,500 Nigerian students are currently enrolled in various schools in his country, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

Speaking at the annual College and Career Fair, organised by the US Mission in Nigeria, on Wednesday, in Abuja, McAnulty said Nigeria had the highest number of foreign students in the US.

He said the statistics of Nigerian students studying in the U.S. had continued to rise over the years, with the hope that it would continue to rise.

The envoy said, “Nigeria has recently become the country with the largest number of students who attend universities and high schools in the US.

“This is a great achievement because it is a testimony to the hard work of Nigerian students.

“Nigerian students bring their ideas and values to their community in the university, and are able to interact with students, not only from the U.S. but from other parts of the world.

“We think that the diversity is very important in our educational system; it helps people to understand other cultures.

McAnulty also noted that out of the 83 Nigerian students who gained admission into the current academic session, 67 students were awarded $2.5m on partial and full scholarships.

He said the scholarships were given to students who displayed some level of leadership and academic skills, and who proved beyond doubt that they needed the assistance.

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