Siddiqi disclosed this when scholars, policymakers and other stakeholders in Nigeria’s education sector gathered in Lagos from April 27 to 28 for the 15th yearly Fulbright Alumni Association of Nigeria conference with the theme, “Improving the Quality of Higher Education: Stakeholders Engagement.”
Speakers, including Prof. Bernard Van Wie of Washington State University, Vice Chancellor of University of Lagos, Prof. Folasade Ogunsola and Director of Strategic Planning and Development, Irene Erivwo, discussed the importance of quality education in a nation’s development.
The conference, supported by the U.S. Mission, was organised in partnership with the University of Lagos (UNILAG), explored best practices in promoting access to quality education and strengthening human capital for inclusive economic growth and development in Nigeria.
Siddiqi, who congratulated the Nigerian alumni of the Fulbright programme on their accomplishments, urged them to continue applying the skills and connections they developed in America to their professional pursuits to bolster educational development in Nigeria.
“Through the Fulbright programme, you cultivated long-lasting friendships with students, scholars, and community leaders in America and worldwide and you returned to Nigeria to share your knowledge and ideas with your networks in Nigeria.
“International education exchanges benefit both nations and peoples, boosting intellectual and cross-cultural capital. Through these academic exchanges, we contribute to high-quality education, greater cultural ties, and mutual understanding between the U.S. and the people of Nigeria,” Siddiqi said.