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Title:GATS and higher education in Nigeria: a preliminary investigation of the indicative patterns of consumption abroad by Nigerians
Authors:Olaniyan, OlanrewajuISNI
Bankole, Abiodun S.
Oyeranti, Olugboyega A.
Periodical:Journal of Higher Education in Africa (ISSN 0851-7762)
Geographic terms:Nigeria
Subjects:higher education
foreign students
Abstract:Against the background of the debate surrounding the inclusion of education in the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS) this article assesses the trend in Nigeria of studying abroad. Using data from advertisement placements of foreign higher education providers from the period 2001-1006, as well as data on Nigerians enrolled in universities outside the country, the article presents preliminary findings on the magnitude of the phenomenon. It shows that there is a rising demand for higher education abroad. In 2009/2010 Nigerian students' demand for higher education abroad rose by 5 percent. In the same period, Nigeria belonged to the top twenty-five countries of origin of global international students. The UK appears to be the main destination for students from Nigeria, followed by the US and Canada. The article argues that there is a need for regulation of the market for higher education recruiting agencies and it proposes the setting up of a technical committee to advise on negotiations on higher education issues during the WTO rounds. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [ASC Leiden abstract]