The British Council has dedicated £600,000 to Nigeria’s education. This money is dedicated towards twenty educational institutions in Nigeria. This was done to promote education in Nigeria by the British Council. The Nigerian and British governments had signed an MoU on Transnational Education TNE. The aim behind it is to boost education in the country. A high powered UK government delegation visited Nigeria. They took part in a presentation held by the National Universities Council, NUC. Scott McDonald, the British Council Chief Executive spoke on the behalf of the British Government. He said that the Opportunities were mostly aimed at young Nigerians. If they wanted to study in the UK.
McDonald said that this cooperation would lead to the cultural and educational exchange between the two countries. He added that it will help increase professionalism amongst the ministry officials. Teachers and school leaders are among the list of the beneficiaries from this project. At this point, McDonald stressed the role of the British Council and its efforts towards the education sector of Nigeria. He also brought attention to the British council’s investment in education. McDonald further emphasized the relations between the UK and Nigeria.
Speaking on the cultural exchange, Mr. McDonald said “Our work connects students, teachers and academics in Nigeria and the UK. It opens up access to international education knowledge, to expertise, and to study opportunities for young Nigerians.”
In context of UK and Nigeria’s relations he added, “We want to help internationalize education in Nigeria and the UK – both for the benefit of young Nigerians and for young British people. We do this by giving students opportunities to learn new skills, by establishing research collaborations between academics, and by improving the quality of school leadership and assessment methods.”
He added, “Learning from each other and exchanging expertise and talent is at the heart of our approach. Together we create mutual understanding and provide sustainable opportunities for people in both countries.”
He further added, “One of our key focus areas in Higher Education is supporting educational and research cooperation – including Transnational Education (TNE) – between Nigeria and the UK, including through standards and quality assurance.”
Talking on UK Government efforts, he explained “Through our regional HE programme, Innovation for African Universities (IAU), we have established UK-Nigeria grant funded partnerships worth £600,000, to support systemic change between 20 institutions and organisations. We have also identified opportunities for the further growth of this initiative by working with the Nigerian government.”
He Further explained “IAU was designed and developed by the British Council as part of our Going Global Partnerships programme. It aims to foster the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship within African universities and facilitate the development of skills required to build industries, companies, products and services. Through the IAU platform, the British Council also funds a cohort of six partnerships that host a total of 20 enterprise support organisations and universities.”
On this occasion Executive Secretary of NUC, Abubakar Rasheed stated that it was due to the insecurity reasons that many foreigners do not wish to come to Nigeria. He said that this factor was not under NUC’s control. However, according to the African Centers of Excellence (ACE) programme Nigeria does receive students from over twenty African Countries.