South Baylo University, California, United States is set to give scholarship to one out of five Nigerian students who offer to study for a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the institution, Mervyn Fishback, International Student Counsellor, South Baylo University has said.
Fishback stated this while addressing prospective students of the institution in Lagos recently stressing that Nigeria has a lot to gain from acupuncture and Oriental medicine noting that acupuncture and Oriental Medicine remain a viable alternative to orthodox medicine.
He explained that mature candidates without first degrees could be admitted adding that after their Master of science degree, students can work for one year with their student visas and afterwards enrol for a doctorate in the field.
He said; “Getting a visa is not as difficult as people think, given the number of Nigerians studying in the country. With 7,100 students, Nigeria accounts for the highest number of African students in the U.S – more than Ghana (4,000), Kenya (2,500) and Tanzania (about 1,000)”.
“However, the challenge is that an applicant must be open, transparent and truthful, it is better the visa applicant tells the truth than tell a lie. If you are truthful, you will get a visa,” he said.
Fishback, who has been representing various universities in over 100 countries for 43 years, however, said it is more difficult for MBA students to secure visas because they can earn more after their programme if they remain in America.
“A student with an MBA will earn $99,000 in a year – that is $8500 a month; $400 a week. That is a lot of money. Many companies are now seeking such skills. The embassy officials know this,” he said.