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With respect to partnerships, Nigeria
has made progress, landing the region's
largest number of World Bank Higher
Education Centers of Excellence,
which promote regional specialization
among participating universities in
areas that address regional challenges
and strengthen the capacities of these
universities to deliver quality training and
applied research.
Nigeria can also tap into its vast
network of professors and scholars abroad,
the silver lining of Nigerian academics
seeking competitive jobs overseas.
"The best minds are produced for other
economies," Egbokhare says. "We produce
quality products, but the best migrate.
There are ways to retain them that would
not cost a lot. One way would be to enter
into partnerships with foreign universities
to encourage branch campuses from
overseas [to be established] here. Some will

get it right, though I don't think anyone
has done it yet."
Meanwhile, students and recent
graduates call for a greater focus on
practical skills in higher education.
"I'd like the curricula to become less
theoretical and more practical and tailored
toward the specific needs of the society
and labor employers so that graduates are
more employable," says Fisayo Soyombo,
who is managing editor at the online news
agency Sahara Reporters. A 2009 graduate
from University of Ibadan, he says, "It is
really hard [for university graduates to find
a job in Nigeria]. I was fortunate that the
University of Ibadan had a robust campus
journalism structure that I could get involved
in, despite studying animal science there."

The Top Source of African
International Students
Not surprisingly, given the challenges of

Nigeria's educational sector and the sizable
middle class, many young Nigerians look
abroad for their higher education.
Nigeria has long been the largest exporter
of international students from the African
continent. Nigerian international students
in the United States numbered 12,693 in
the 2017-18 academic year, up 8.4 percent
from the previous year, and represented
1.2 percent of all international students,
according to Open Doors data from the
Institute of International Education. The
numbers have steadily grown over the
past 5 years, increasing by more than 40
percent from the 2012-13 numbers.
Nigeria sends 31 percent of all
Africans in the United States and ranks
12th in the world as a sending country,
according to EducationUSA's Global
Guide, outpacing Africa's second-largest
exporter, Kenya, threefold.
Nigeria's outbound population is

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From the Desk of
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: Africa’s Education Evolution
Feature: Mental Health: At Home and Abroad
Feature: The Faces of International Education
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment Management
International Education Leadership
Forum
Take 5
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