Saturday, 22 September 2012

FG dispatches 70 students on scholarships to China, Russia

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THE Federal Government has dispatched a total of 70 indigent Nigerian students, who bagged the 2012 Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) scholarships to China and Russia.
Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i, who spoke in Abuja, at the orientation preceding the departure of the students, on Wednesday, urged them to work hard and be of good conduct in order to excel in their studies.
Rufa'i noted that there was significant increase
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in the scholarship awards this year, in spite of the global downturn, saying a total of 210 scholarship offers had been issued to Nigerian students by the development partners for the 2012/2013 academic session.
"Out of this, four beneficiaries have since arrived China to study Medicine. Today, we are here for the departure of 70 scholars to China and Russia," she said.
According to her, the government had, in a bid to strengthen bilateral agreement with development partners and develop manpower needs, in 1999, revitalised the federal scholarship scheme by investing more in both national and international programmes.
Rufa'i said as of 2012, Russia had increased the number of offers to 70 annually, while China maintained 25 at every instance.
Other countries, which had also continuously issue scholarship offers to Nigeria annually, according to the minister, are Cuba, China, Japan, Morocco, Turkey, Ukraine, Serbia, Romania and Algeria. source-tribune

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