The management of Olivia University in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, has begun scouting Nigerian students to study courses in medicine/surgery, nursing, pharmacy and others.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Josephat Obi-Oguejiofor, during an interactive session with stakeholders and intending students, in Awka, the Anambra State Capital.

The university announced plans to award scholarship to Nigerians who would want to study those courses.

Obi-Oguejiofor said the scholarship endowment was the institution’s contribution to quality education for Nigerians and the Africa continent at large.

He said the faculties of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing commenced this year, adding that the Pro-chancellor, Sir Chukwuma, had endowed scholarships into the faculties for foundation students.

He said, “The Pro-chancellor is proposing to Nigerians the possibility of studying medicine/surgery, pharmacy and nursing with half school fees.

“The intending students will pay only half of the tuition fees throughout their study period. It is a big opportunity for Nigerians to acquire quality education in a university that started from the top. It is a big academic history for Nigerians amidst hardship.

“Olivia University Bujumbura, Burundi, is an English speaking University, first of its kind in East Africa, and Nigeria has a good reputation in Burundi.

“Unlike Nigerian universities, students of Olivia University are assured of uninterrupted academic calendar with world-class lecturers in an ideal learning environment.

“The University aligns itself with international best practices in higher education as it is programmed for excellence in tertiary education in sub-Saharan Africa.

“Our students are better prepared to provide solutions to the 21st century challenges as Olivia University also prides itself with speciality in the following courses: Artificial Intelligence, Mining Engineering, Software Engineering, Telecommunication Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Information Systems, Accounting, Architecture, Banking and Finance, Business Administration and Economics.

“I urge Nigerian parents and students to take advantage of the world-class quality education and enroll in the scholarship programme.”

The South-East coordinator in Nigeria, Dr Tochukwu Oguegbe, who also addressed the session, noted that the prestigious scholarship programme would be for all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, social and religion affiliations.

He said the opportunity for students to go on vacation in other parts of the world would also be available.

Oguegbe further said, “Olivia University Bujumbura, Burundi, East Africa is located in Mayugi, Avenue, Mukaza and can be reached through the University website.”

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