Where African students go when they chose to study abroad

Wittenborg University in Gelderland, Netherlands – currently has 34 african students; ranging from countries such as Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Nigeria to Libya. However, a recent study by Campus France has yielded interesting answers regarding the issue of African student mobility.

For many years, France has been the destination du jour for students from Africa. And although it is still the most popular – 29% of all 380 376 African students studying abroad – Campus France’s report indicates that South Africa is rapidly gaining control of France, raising the question of whether Africa is becoming more attractive for African students.

South Africa is not only beautiful as the second most popular academic destination for African students. It also has the highest growth rate. Between 2006 and 2010 there was a decrease of 1% in the number of African students  in France. And an increase of 28.8% in the countries that had opted for South Africa.

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Currently, the most popular countries for African students are:

France (29.2%)
South Africa (15.1%)
Great Britain (9.7%)
United States (9.7%)
Germany (4.7%)
Malaysia (3.9%)
Canada (2.9%)
Italy (2.0%)
Australia (2.0%)
Morocco (1.8%)
Angola (1.7%)

The report notes that those who leave generally want to “broaden their cultural and intellectual horizons, or find knowledge and skills to give them a competitive advantage in the labor market.” African students usually leave their country because the universities do not have sufficient resources.

The Netherlands recently adopted its Modern Migration Policy Act, which simplifies the application procedures for students who want to study here.

Also, the Cabinet will also present an extensive plan in the autumn about binding talented, international students at the Dutch economy, said the minister of education Jet Bussemaker last month.

In addition to South Africa, the Campus France report also revealed that Morocco and Angola are emerging as famous academic regions.

The reasons for this increase?

South Africa – which mainly deals with students from English-speaking countries such as Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and Lesotho – is described as “less bureaucratic” than Europe or the US when it comes to obtaining visas. It is also seen as “accessible, dynamic and stable” and also less expensive. The public universities are of high quality.

Furthermore, South Africa has developed massive online open courses (MOOCs), and distance learning programs represent 40% of the education published by universities.

Morocco, which welcomed 6,996 African students from abroad in 2010, hopes to attract more by offering a high-quality system. Including well-accredited private institutions and affiliates from French and other foreign universities, at a lower cost to students than in Europe. Courses are diverse, and the disciplines that are mostly chosen by students from other African countries include medicine, engineering, and administration.

Angola, with 6,530 foreign students in 2010, focuses primarily on those of its Portuguese-speaking neighbors Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe. Followed by students from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique. According to the report, it is intended to fill in gaps in the domestic higher education systems of students.

The top countries of origin for African students studying abroad are:

Morocco (11.3%)
Nigeria (10.2%)
Algeria (5.9%)
Cameroon (5.3%)
Zimbabwe (5.2%)
Tunisia (5.1%)
Kenya (3.5%)
Senegal (3.1%)
Egypt (3.1%)
Botswana (2.3%)

The report also reported the growing influence of China on Africa, even in the academic field.

China is Africa’s largest economic partner, followed by France and the US.

In 2000, in addition to other measures, China announced the establishment of cultural and linguistic centers in Africa – the Confucius Institutes. Increasing scholarships for Africans, mainly in the fields of medicine, agriculture, languages, education, economics, and management.

There are now 387 Confucius institutes in 94 countries. 31 of them at universities, in Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan. , Togo, Tunisia, and Zimbabwe.

According to the Student Registrar Santosh Aryal, Wittenborg University received some students from Africa in 2004. But since 2007, African students have continued to grow, with 34 of the 200 students who are currently a significant part of the student community in our growing management institute! We look forward to welcoming more students from African countries!

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