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The United States government is seeking to have more Nigerian students study in American tertiary institutions. Country Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Abuja, Mr. Aruna Amirthanayagam, made this known during the formal opening of the EducationUSA Centre at the American Space, in Calabar last Friday.
Amirthanayagam, who said EducationUSA was an arm of the U.S. Government promoting education in the USA revealed that there were about 4,500 educational institutions in the USA, making it one of the greatest educational destinations in the world.
“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 U.S. to further their education,” he said.
Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Consulate General Lagos, Mr. Stephen Ibelli said the Centre helped to facilitate the movement of Nigerian students to tertiary institutions in the USA. He also said through arrangement, no fewer than 14,000 Nigerians had gained admission into schools in the U.S.
“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, Awka, Enugu to provide these information, so that students don’t have to travel all the way to Lagos Abuja or other big cities,” he said.
Cross River Commissioner for Education, Mr. Godwin Amanke, said the state was delighted to identify with EducationUSA.
Amanke said the state would take advantage of the centre to ensure that its students get first-hand information on scholarships and empowerment programmes. “The information given here is the information that people pay for but through the EducationUSA Resource Centre, it is free,” he said.