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Bulgarian varsities offering admission to Nigerian students fleeing Russia’s war in Ukraine: Envoy

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The Bulgarian ambassador to Nigeria, Yanko Yardonov, has said that Bulgarian universities offer admission to Nigerian students whose academic pursuits in Ukraine were cut short by Russia’s invasion.

“Let me say that Bulgarian universities have already offered admissions to Nigerian citizens who started their studies in Ukraine but cannot graduate from there due to the war.

“It is only for Nigerian students that have this kind of offer from Bulgaria Universities throughout the world,” he said.

Disclosing this in an interview with journalists in Abuja, the Bulgarian ambassador also said that some Nigerian citizens had been offered jobs by Bulgarian universities.

Although the envoy did not say how many Nigerian students have been offered admission, he said the decision helped create an atmosphere conducive for the scholars to study without interruptions and to solidify the bilateral cooperation agreement in place between Nigeria and Bulgaria.

“I think that this fact alone is a clear manifestation that Bulgaria is very serious in developing bilateral cooperation in every possible way, including in education, by admitting Nigerian citizens legally to study and work in Bulgaria,’’ he said.

He acknowledged the good relationship that Nigeria and Bulgaria have enjoyed over the years, saying that available statistics indicated that a significant number of Nigerians had been allowed to travel to Bulgaria and reside in the country either on a short-terms or for the long term.

“There is a lot of good news in this regard as well, but what I am proud of is the gracious offer that Bulgaria has made,” he said.

Prior to the onset of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, approximately 4,300 Nigerian students were studying in the eastern European country.

The number was the fifth-largest (5.4%) of the 80,000 international students in Ukraine, according to data from Ukraine’s ministry of education and science.

The students have said before that they found Ukrainian education’s appeal mostly in its affordability, a better standard of life, and the safe environment it provided.

(NAN)

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