340 Nigerian Students Get Australian Scholarships
Barely a week after an American University offered direct admission to Nigerian students, the Australian government is giving scholarships to 340 students.
It is a season of scholarship for Nigerian students from foreign government and higher institutions as the Australian government offered scholarship to 340 Nigerian students to study in the country at master’s level.
The Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Lehmann, in an interview with the Guardian, made this known in Abuja.
Lehmann said some of the students would also be able to undertake short-term, targeted professional training courses in a range of development-focused sectors.
He added that the scholarships are in areas where the Nigerian government places priority for economic and social development.
Lehmann, “Australian government has provided 340 scholarships to students in Nigeria, some are for masters, while some are for short courses. That is one way we intend to contribute to the development of Nigeria.
We are proud to say that almost half of that scholarship has been awarded to women. We are making our efforts real by investing in the talents of Nigerian women and men’.
The Australian High Commissioner also said that the number of Nigerian students studying in Australia has quadrupled in the last few years.
”You may wish to know that Australia is the country with the third highest number of international students in the world. Not only are there more Nigerians hoping to study at Australia’s world-class universities, more students in the world in general.
“We are blessed with a strong tertiary education system and our universities have a strong reputation for academic excellence. It is not surprising in any way that Nigerians are also studying in Australian world-class universities,’ he added.
Recall that the French and the Netherlands embassies recently wooed Nigerian students to come and study in their universities.