78 Nigerian students on scholarship to study various courses have now arrived in Russia, the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow confirmed. The students are part of the second batch of the 2020/2021 academic year scholarship under the Russia-Nigeria Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA). They arrived Vnukovo International airport on Monday, 6 December according to a statement by the Embassy said.
The first set of 46 students arrived on 22 November 2021, accompanied by officials of the Federal Scholarships Board (FSB), Abuja. The next 32 of the scholars were accompanied by two officials of the Federal Scholarship Board (FSB) and were received by officials of Nigerian Embassy in Moscow. The students are currently undergoing mandatory language courses at the various universities in Russia,” the embassy disclosed.
The scholars are to be trained in different areas of specialization, such as general medicine, aeronautical engineering, chemical technology, nuclear physics and technology, mechatronics and robotics, nanotechnology and micro-systems engineering.
The embassy statement noted that Russia has continually maintained excellent bilateral relations with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and it has extended several scholarship opportunities for the training of Nigerian professionals in different fields. Every year, over 85 Nigerian students are awarded scholarships to study in Russia. The number keeps on increasing yearly. In 2021, over one hundred Nigerian students on scholarship, currently studying in Russian universities, are scheduled to arrive before the end of the year.