The Cultural Affairs Officer of the United States in Nigeria, Mr. Sterling Tilley, has stated that the US Government and the Fund could partner through its Fulbright’s Scholarship Programme and the TETFund Academic Staff Scholarship programme whereby Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) were supported by the duo to undertake their Masters and PhD programmes in the US at a cost to be shared.
Tilley stated this on Tuesday in Abuja when he was received by the Executive Secretary of TETFund, Prof. Suleiman Bogoro in his office.
In a statement signed by the Director, Public Affairs of the Fund, Jacob Alada, Tilley who was accompanied to the Fund by Miss Bella Anne Ndubuisi, the Cultural Affairs Specialist of the Embassy, added that the aim of the visit was to strengthen the already existing relationship between the United States Embassy and the Fund through partnership aimed at building capacity of Academics in Nigerian Universities.
“ In particular, the Cultural Affairs Officer stated that the US Government and the Fund could partner through its Fulbright’s Scholarship Programme and the TETFund Academic Staff Scholarship programme whereby Academic staff of Nigeria’s Universities are supported by both the TETFund and US Government to undertake their Masters and PhD Programmes in the US at a cost to be shared”.
“Furthermore, TETFund Scholars who are undertaking their PhD’s in Science-related fields in Nigeria could also benefit by being jointly sponsored by the Fund and the US Government to undertake their Benchwork in Universities and Research Centers or Institutes in the US”.
The process which started in 2015 with Prof. Bogoro if concluded would further justify the confidence the US Government has on the Fund as one of the foremost Agencies of Government in Nigeria.
The Executive Secretary of TETFund in his response stated that the visit and the desire to revive discussions on this partnership could not have come at a better time.
“It would increase the number of participants seeking to further their studies at the Masters and PhD levels as well as those desirous of undertaking their Bench work in America’s Universities or Research Institutes/Centers”, he said.
Prof. Bogoro pointed out that the Fund is looking forward to expanding its scholarship programme to accommodate the increasing number of Academic staff yearning for opportunities for further studies.
He assured that the Management of the Fund is ready for such partnership and would facilitate arrangements to ensure it is concretized within the shortest possible time.
The Executive Secretary further stated that US Government wants to partner with TETFund through its Fulbright Programme because of the credible Scholarship Programme the Fund runs.
It should be noted that scholars on this partnership will enjoy the full status of both TETFund and Fulbright Scholars and other opportunities available after the completion of their programmes.
The Fulbright Programme is sponsored by the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under world-wide policy guidelines established by the Fulbright Board.