Minister reveals that a staggering 99,985 students departed Nigeria to pursue education overseas within a span of five years.

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admin October 10, 2023
Updated 2023/10/10 at 12:17 PM

During the opening ceremony of the 2023 University of Lagos International Week, Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, revealed that 99,985 Nigerian students have opted to pursue university education in the United Kingdom between 2017 and 2022.

The minister emphasized the importance of supporting these students in achieving their ambitions, as they represent the nation’s identity and contribute to its progress.

This year’s international week centers around the theme of ‘Breaking the Borders of Partnership’.

According to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), it has been reported that between 2017 and 2022, approximately 99,985 Nigerian students chose to leave their country and enroll in universities in the United Kingdom.

While some may argue that the majority of these students have chosen to leave for various other reasons, it cannot be denied that a significant number of them have departed with the genuine intention of seeking further knowledge for personal growth.

Given these circumstances, I would like to question why our students are now facing difficulties in obtaining international passports, especially when they have already paid for them.

The fact that our children are striving to explore new horizons beyond borders brings us immense happiness, as they are the ones who will shape the future.

The University of Lagos has urged for a seamless global alliance in higher education systems. During the opening ceremony of the University of Lagos International Week, themed ‘Breaking the Borders of Partnership,’ speakers emphasized the importance of collaboration for faster progress in higher education. This is the third edition of the UNILAG International Week, as stated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ayodele Atsenuwa.

Prof. Folasade Ogunsola, the Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG, elaborated on the chosen theme, stating that it aims to address obstacles to the successful implementation of Memoranda of Understanding and strategize on overcoming them.

She expressed that while we acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments of the higher education internationalization agenda achieved through strong partnerships and collaborations, we must also recognize that there is still work to be done in breaking down barriers and expanding these partnerships.

This is the central theme for this year’s International Week – Breaking the Borders of Partnerships. The goal is to address and strategize solutions to the challenges that hinder the effective implementation of Memoranda of Understanding.

These challenges include internal barriers such as institutional academic regulations and cultural differences, as well as external challenges like government policies and immigration rules that limit international mobility. Overcoming these obstacles is crucial for successful internationalization efforts.

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