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TETFund Seeks partnership with British VCs to return sponsored scholars

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Executive Secretary of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Sonny Echono, says the Fund is working with vice-chancellors of British universities to return its sponsored scholars home .

Echono stated this in Abuja, while hosting a delegation of British vice-chancellors, led by United Kingdom Education Champion, Sir Steve Smith.

He expressed his worries over the current trend of Nigerian scholars who are sponsored by the government to study abroad, only to remain overseas after completing their education, noted that such act will not only impacts the development of the country but also poses a significant loss of investment in the scholars’ education.

“The government has invested heavily in the education of these scholars, and it is disheartening to see many of them choose to stay abroad after their studies. Our goal is to foster collaboration with British universities to create a mechanism that encourages the return of these scholars to Nigeria.”

“And these are things that we were looking at institutional ways of doing that, for example, where we see that where partnerships already exist between our institutions and those abroad, they can share this period of training for example to ensure that they complete their training back home. These are some of the solutions that we are looking at in these engagements that we have.”

The TETFund boss also disclosed plans to establish four multi-disciplinary laboratories across the federation.

Earlier, the UK Government International Education Champion, Prof. Sir Steve Smith, who led the delegation said the UK’s mandate to his team is to deepen relations with the education and research systems of Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Endonesia, Vietnam and India.

Smith, who was a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter, said the UK recognises the importance of retaining highly-skilled individuals in their home countries and acknowledged that the brain drain issue affects both Nigeria and the international community.

“We understand the concerns of the Nigerian government, and we share the vision of providing quality education to talented individuals. By working together, we can create opportunities for these scholars to contribute to the progress of Nigeria while furthering their academic careers,” he said.

He noted that it is a lot cheaper to study here than it is to travel to the UK for three or four years and study.

Smith disclosed that the team has been partnering with the National Universities Commission, NUC, on the guidelines for transnational education and that it was reviewing a series of guidelines by the commission

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