Nigeria has a higher education crisis. Last year alone, about 380,000 domestic university applicants did not get a place - and population trends suggest that the problem is not going to get better on its own. Put simply, demand isn’t just higher than supply - it is dwarfing it. Chris Parr reports on the country's bid to tackle its capacity issue.
The Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria Robert Petri has called for young Nigerians to consider studying abroad and to take advantage of affordable English language-taught courses in Dutch universities and colleges.
Nigeria’s central bank has begun selling a fresh supply of dollars for students to pay for school fee payments and travel abroad, increasing the amount they are allowed to buy and enabling them to avoid paying heavy premiums for the currency on the black market.
While the weaker British pound might make studying in the UK more attractive to some international students, the country's third most fruitful source market is still struggling with punishing exchange rates.
Nigerians hoping to buy pounds, US dollars and euros are facing processing times of up to three times as long as those before President Muhammadu Buhari banned forex sales for overseas study. Still, agencies in the country report demand for overseas study remains high.
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, announced in his budget speech last month that tertiary education in the fields of science, technology and education will be free, describing it a "historic milestone for us as a nation."