Germany increases scholarships to Nigerians From 450 to a “Reasonable Number”

The new Consul-General of the Consulate-
General of
Germany in Lagos, Mr Ingo Herbert, on
Tuesday announced
his government’s decision to increase
scholarships for
Nigerians and other Africans. Herbert told
newsmen in
Lagos that his government had at its recent
bilateral meeting
decided to increase its annual scholarships
from 450 to “a
more reasonable number”.
“Before now about 450 Nigerians benefit
every year from
the German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD). “But from
our recent bilateral meeting, the German
government has
decided to increase its annual scholarships to
Nigeria and
other countries from 450 to a much more
number,’’ he said.
Herbert said that the initiative was part of
the German’s
human development agenda aimed at giving
more Africans
opportunities to go and study in different
educational institutions. The envoy also said
that it had
become imperative to increase the
scholarships following
the growing interest of Nigerians and other
African in
studying in Germany.
“We have realised that after the U.S. and
U.K., most
Nigerians and other foreign students like
coming to study in
Germany,’’ he said. The consul-general said
that German
universities and colleges had started courses
in English
Language so as to be able to accommodate
more Nigerians.
He restated his government’s commitment to
and creating the right learning environment
for the would be
beneficiaries of the scholarships. Herbert
also expressed
satisfaction with the successes currently
being made by
some Nigerians that had benefited from the
scholarships in
the past in their professions.

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