The Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Christopher Thornley,
has disclosed that Nigeria is the seventh biggest source of foreign
students in Canada, contributing immensely to country’s Gross Domestic
The envoy confirmed that over 10,000 Nigerian students gained
admission into Canadian schools at different levels in 2015, a 20
percent increase from the previous year.
Thornley, addressing journalists at the 2017 EduCanada Fair in Abuja,
acknowledged that the presence of Nigerian students in Canada had
enriched the country’s educational institutions and society.
He said that each student that gained admission into a Canadian
school represented a new link between the two countries that binds the
ties uniting both countries.
EduCanada fair features representatives from Canadian educational
institutions – universities, colleges and high schools –
answering prospective foreign students’ enquiries on academic programmes
“Foreign students and visitors integrate easily into our
multicultural society. Canada is a bilingual country offering
opportunities for English speaking foreign students to acquire knowledge
of French and for Francophones to study in their mother tongue,”
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