By Olasumbo Otagbo Photos: Funmi Adeyemi
The EducationUSA has declared the 19th Annual EducationUSA College and Career Fair opened. The EducationUSA is an advising Center at the Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate Lagos. The office offers students access to accurate, comprehensive, and current information about educational institutions in the United States.
The fair is organized yearly to provide students, their parents and guardians, with accurate information about the application process, standardized testing, and scholarship opportunities. This year’s fair has 43 U.S. higher education institutions represented.
According to Alfred Boll, the Chief Educational Resources and information branch bureau, who declared the fair opened at the Supreme Education Foundation School, Magodo, Lagos State, the EducationUSA is committed to supporting the increasing number of African Students who are interested in studying in the United States.
Furthermore, Mr. Boll said they are dedicated to promoting the diversity of US higher education and representing their over 4700 accredited higher education institutions throughout the United States with the goal of helping international students locate institutions that best fit them.
He added that they are doing it because expanding study abroad gives opportunity for African students who might be future leaders and inventors as well as strengthen bi-national relations and better prepares young people for the 21st century global workforce. He related it to the fact that when US and international students have the opportunity to learn alongside and from one another, they will develop skills to collaborate across languages, cultures, and borders. This will enable the coming generation to address problems faced in the global society. They will also be able to build stable economies, promote democracy and rule of law and create positive change for a more prosperous world.
Another notable personality, who attended the event, was the Public Affairs Officer, Russell Brooks. In his Remarks, he made known some of the aims of the annual fair, among which is to showcase excellent colleges and universities in American.
He added that the organization aims at promoting educational diversity, provide options for graduates, and promote educational variety.
Students from various schools in Nigeria as well as Alumni of various American universities attended the event.