Nearly one-fifth of Nigerian students in US higher institutions were studying engineering in the 2022/2023 academic year

What fields were Nigerian students in the US enroled in during the 2022/2023 academic year?

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields took centre stage, collectively constituting a substantial 61% of the Nigerian student body.

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