Five hundred and twelve, among 6,845 Nigerian students currently studying in China, are on Chinese government scholarship, an official said.
Mr Sun Saixiong, the Press Officer in the Embassy of China in Nigeria, said this in a statement in Abuja.
Saixiong said the scholarships covered students undergoing their masters and doctorates in engineering, medicine and agriculture among others.
“On August 7 in the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, another batch of 58 Nigerian students, among whom are three undergraduates, 39 masters, 16 doctorate students, received their university admission notices from Counsellor, Mr Li Xuda.
“This year, 272 Nigerian students have won Chinese government scholarships and this September, these students will start their academic journey, which is fully sponsored by the Chinese government in China.
The Ambassador of China to Nigeria, Dr Zhou Pingjian, advised the students to work hard in fulfilling their dream and to make more contribution to the bright future of their fatherland.
Pingjian stressed that this year marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
“Also, it is highly recommended that students should have basic language skill of Chinese because most of the courses are taught in Chinese.
“So, students who plan to go to China should first plan their Chinese language learning.
“There are many Chinese language teaching institutes in Nigeria, including, for example, the China Culture Centre in Abuja, the Confucius Institutes in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nigeria and the University of Lagos.’’