THE US GOVERNMENT 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange has shown that Nigeria has contributed the largest number of students from Africa in different Universities in United States reportedly up by 12.4% (about 1324) more than previous year.
Ranking no one with 10, 674 students the country leads countries like Ghana which has 3,049, Kenya with 3,019, and South Africa with 1,813 respectively.
According to the Report released by the US Consular General Lagos Information Section, Nigeria also ranks 14 in the world among countries with high population of students studying in that country.
This figure reports the USGLagosInfoSection marks the highest number of Nigerians studying in the United States since 1986-87.
From the data, it was also revealed that students from Nigeria study primarily at the undergraduate level: 50.8% undergraduate; 35.6% graduate; 11.5 % Optional Practical Training; and 2% non-degree programs or short-term studies.
The data equally showed that the top five institutions that have received the most Nigerian students are all located in the state of Texas: Houston Community College, the University of Houston, the University of North Texas, Texas Southern University, and the University of Texas at Arlington.
The Open Doors report also indicates that the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities surpassed one million for the first time during the 2015-2016 academic year – an increase of seven percent from the previous year to a new high of nearly 1,044,000 students. This strong growth confirms that the United States remains the destination of choice in international higher education. In 2015-16, there were nearly 69,000 more international students in U.S. higher education compared to the previous year.
The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.