We focus a lot of the negative of what happens in Nigeria that we sometimes forget the positives. FoxBoston is reporting that more than 100 college students from Nigeria will be attending school in boston with full scholarships from their government. The students who will be attending Northeastern University will begin classes in the fall and have started arriving already.
The U.S. Pathway Program, which consists of a consortium of American universities offering an academic preparation program that becomes a pathway to a college degree, and the Nigerian government are working to fund the students’ scholarships, which include money for tuition, books, and room and board.
Fifty-three of the 125 students selected to participate in the program arrived in Boston on Monday accompanied by a Nigerian presidential adviser. They wore green and white colored scarves that represented the Nigerian flag. The students came from some of the most deprived regions of Nigeria, according to a press release about the program.
The soon-to-be Northeastern attendees are required to complete a summer bridge term at Northeastern before they join the University’s sophomore class in the fall.
This is definitely a good look for the Nigerian kids and also from the Nigerian government. The ultimate goal though is to be able to have our universities at a high enough standard that we wouldn’t need to go out of the country to get a well rounded education.