We want more Nigerians in American schools - US consulate

The United States Consulate has encouraged more Nigerian students to apply for study programmers at American tertiary institutions.

Aruna Amirthanayagam, the country public affairs officer, US embassy, Abuja while speaking at the formal opening of the EducationUSA centre on Friday in Calabar revealed that there are various options for more Nigerians to bag educational programmes in American universities.

As reported by the News Agency of Nigeria, Aruna Amirthanayagam disclosed that there are about 4,500 educational institutions in the USA, making it one of the greatest learning destinations in the world.

He added that EducationUSA is an arm of the US government promoting education in the USA.

The country public affairs officer continued;

“We really want more Nigerians to come and take part in our educational system; through our EducationUSA Centre in Calabar. We hope to have more students from Cross River going to the US to further their education,”

Stephen Ibelli, public affairs officer, US consulate general, Lagos, said the centre helps to facilitate the movement of Nigerian students to tertiary institutions in the USA.

According to him, thousands of students have been admitted into American tertiary institutions, and the US hopes for that number to increase.

He said;

“At present, we have over 14,000 Nigerian students studying in the U.S and we hope to grow that number and further strengthen the ties between both countries,”

“This is where the EducationUSA Resource Centre comes in, so, we urge the residents of Cross River to visit the centre and learn about the educational opportunities in the U.S. free of charge.

“We are also opening centres in Benin, Akwa, Enugu to provide this information, so that students don’t have to travel all the way to Lagos Abuja or other big cities.”

On his part, Godwin Amanke, Cross River commissioner for education, said the state is proud to identify with EducationUSA.
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