Nigeria leading source of students from Africa —IIE

The United States Institute of International

Education, (IIE), has disclosed that Nigeria is

the country with most students studying in US

colleges and universities, while the number of

international students increased by 10 per cent

to a record high of 974.926 and students from

Nigeria increased by 19.9 percent to 9,494 in

2014/15 academic year.

The number marks the highest rate of growth in

35 years, which the IIE’s 2015 Open Doors Report

on International Educational Exchange, said is

an experience necessary in today’s global


The IIE President, Dr. Allan .E. Goodman, stated

that, “international experience is one of the

most important components of a 21st century

education,” stressing that, “studying abroad is

one of the best ways students gain the

international experience necessary to succeed in

today’s global workforce. It also prepares them

to be real contributors to working across borders

to address key issues in the world we share.”

This strong growth confirms that the USA

remains the destination of choice in higher

education, and presently hosts more of the

world’s 4.5 million globally mobile college and

university students than any other country in

the world.

Report also disclosed that nearly 90,000 more

international students enrolled in US higher

education in 2014/15 compared to the previous

year and as part of International Education

Week celebrations, EducationUSA Lagos hosted

alumni and admitted students of several US