128,770 Nigerian Students Enrolled in UK Universities In Seven Years

admin May 23, 2023
Updated 2023/05/23 at 9:39 AM
128,770 Nigerian Students Enrolled in UK Universities In Seven Years

Whether its as a result of the “Japa” syndrome or the quest for quality education , new data has revealed that about 128,770 Nigerian students enrolled in UK universities between 2015 and the end of 2022.

The data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency of the United Kingdom, HESA, revealed that Nigeria ranked third behind China and India in the top 10 international students list.

The number of Nigerian students in the United Kingdom has continued to grow over the years as a result of search for better quality of life and education.

16,100 Nigerians enrolled for studies in the UK in 2015/2016 academic year but the 2016/2017 saw a sharp decline to 12,655. According to experts, this drop was traced back to the recession back home.

In 2017/2018, the number of enrolled Nigerians reduced to 10,685 while it rose marginally to 10,810 during the 2018/2019 academic session.

The 2019/2020 academic session experienced an increase to 13,020 students, while the 2020/2021 session saw a 64% rise in students enrollment to 21,305.

The latest data made available by HESA shows that 2021/2022 session was a massive year with the number of students from Nigeria enrolled in UK universities rising to 44,195. This is the highest since Nigeria’s independence in 1960.

Foreign tertiary institutions and their countries have continued to benefit from the massive influx of Nigerians to overseas institutions.

However, the United Kingdom in a recent move to reduce the negative effects of migration is set to announce new restrictions that will most likely limit the number of dependents a student can bring over to the United Kingdom during study.

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