Russia expects Nigerians to apply for scholarship, says attaché
The Embassy of Russia in Nigeria has urged Nigerians to explore opportunity through application for the ongoing Russian Government Scholarship programme, to improve themselves educationally.
Press Attaché of the Embassy, Mr. Ivan Lydkin, made the call on Wednesday in Abuja while addressing the team of National Association of Nigerian Students executive.
He described the scholarship programme as Russia’s way to strengthen its bilateral relations with Nigeria under its reunification initiative.
According to him, one of Russia’s missions here is to introduce Nigerian students to Russia’s academic opportunities to enable them to improve themselves.
Lydkin said: “We have organised interactive sessions in Nigeria for Russia alumni in the country who are over 10,000.
“We work with 30 courses and offer full educational programme and our programme has been growing bigger and better over the years.
“The scholarship affords allowances from the Federal Scholarship Board of Nigeria.
“We have 40 educational programmes across 32 universities which offer courses based on candidate’s choice.”
Also, Mr. Renat Yalyshev, Head of the International Students’ Office, lauded the scholarship initiative and urged Nigerian students to apply in order to secure better education in future.
According to him, Russia has universities for all engineering and science courses and also in the humanities.
“The St. Petersburg Electrotechnical University, LETI, for instance, is the oldest university, having been founded in 1886; where you can be offered all directions of computer sciences.
“We have school of electronics and automation; we have very good experience in technology.
“A Nigerian graduated there in 1972 and since then, Nigerians have been graduating from the school,” Yalyshev said.
Mr. Danielson Akpan, who led the delegation of NANS executive, commended the embassy for the scholarship initiative and promised to disseminate the information to other Nigerians.