A report revealed by the Deputy High Commissioner of Australia at the Australian High Commission, Mr. Matthew Mechan disclosed that over 10,000 Nigerian students were granted admission to Australian universities between 2015 and 2019.
Mechan made these remarks during the ongoing education fair in Lagos on Saturday. The gathering included representatives from Australian universities, prominent stakeholders, Nigerian educational institutions, and two federal lawmakers.
The two-day event which commenced with a gala night on Friday, aimed to celebrate and strengthen educational ties between Nigeria and Australia, as well as promote the opportunities available in Australia’s tertiary education sector for Nigerian students.
Mechan stated that the pandemic had initially interrupted the study fair, making this event the first of its kind in ...-COVID-19 era since 2019.
He emphasized that the study fair’s relaunch aimed to adopt a comprehensive approach to bridge the gap created by the pandemic, fostering stronger connections with Nigeria.
Additionally, he noted that Australia had produced numerous successful graduates who returned to Nigeria and were actively contributing to the development of various sectors.
He noted that Australia had a target of restoring the growth index for more Nigerian students to study in Australia’s adventurous and relaxed learning environment.
He urged Nigerians who want different kinds of quality education in a relaxed environment to consider Australia, adding that it was a fun place to live and study.
According to him, consistently, Australian cities like Melbourne have been rated first or second most livable cities on the planet by the Economist for the last decade.
Mr. Mohammed Bassi, Chairman of the House Committee for the Nigerian-Australian Parliamentary Friendship Group in the House of Representatives, lauded the organizers of the fair and the networking meeting, considering it a positive development.
He therefore encouraged the Australian government to reciprocate by allowing its citizens to study in Nigeria, thereby enhancing the friendship. He also urged the Australian government to explore various sectors of the Nigerian economy, investing in areas such as solid minerals, culture, tourism, and non-oil sectors, among others.