December 30, 2013

Envoy says 4,000 Nigerians are studying in Canada

LAGOS — The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Perry Calderwood, yesterday, described the number of Nigerians studying in Canada as ‘impressive.’

Calderwood told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that at least 4,000 young Nigerians were studying in different public and private Canadian universities and colleges.

He said his home government planned to provide more opportunities for Nigerians to study in Canadian higher institutions in 2014.
“Educational development is one very important area of our collaboration with Nigeria.

“We are delighted that many young Nigerians are today interested in studying in Canada.

“We currently have about 4,000 young Nigerians studying technical and professional courses in our higher institutions.
“In 2014, many more Nigerians will be given opportunities to study in Canada on scholarships and self-sponsorship,” the High Commissioner said.

The envoy also said there was a “growing number of contacts” between Canadian and Nigerian institutions of higher learning.
He expressed optimism that the relationship would promote transfer of knowledge between both countries.

Calderwood said that there were colleges for technical training in Canada waiting to be explored by young Nigerians.
The High Commissioner disclosed that the Canadian government planned to hold an Education Fair in Lagos and Abuja in January 2014.

He said no fewer than 50 Canadian universities and colleges would participate in the fair.