A consortium of leading UK Universities (NCUK) has launched a £1m scholarship scheme aimed at attracting the brightest Nigerian students to UK. The scheme will also develop their leadership skills in addition to creating leadership opportunities for Nigerian students.

A statement issued by Tolu Ogunsanya of Oxbridge College, Lagos, quoted Professor Colin Bailey, Chair of the Trustees for NCUK and Vice President of the University of Manchester saying that the scholarship scheme was open to all Nigerian students who enrolled on an NCUK pathway programme, designed to prepare students for university study in the UK.

Said he: “Students that come through the NCUK programmes are well sought after by our universities. They provide a valuable contribution to campus life here in the UK, integrating not only with our UK students but also other international students. We believe our universities offer the best education in the UK”

The competitive scholarship scheme is open to all Nigerian students who enroll on an NCUK pathway programme, designed to prepare students for university study in the UK, Baily said.

According to him, students who are eligible for the scholarship scheme can study at one of the study centres in Nigeria and thereafter be awarded the university scholarship to study in the UK when they graduate from the programme in 2016.

The scheme, he added, includes 57 UK scholarship of up to £20,000, offered by 16 of the UK’s most prestigious universities, the opportunity to join a world-class leadership training programme and additional awards of £2,000 offered by study centres in Nigeria.

NCUK was first established internationally in 1987 and began working in partnership with its study centres in Nigeria over 10 years ago. Today NCUK programmes are run in Calabar, Kaduna, Lagos and Port-Harcourt by Oxbridge Tutorial College, Chrisland Pre-Degree College, Executive Business School, Lagos, Zamani College Kaduna, Access Group of School Calabar and Brookstone School Port-Harcourt respectively.

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