Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Empowers Future Leaders Through Successful Conclusion of the 2023 Scholars Program

The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF) is proud to announce the successful completion of its prestigious 2023 NHEF Scholars Orientation Program, which commenced on July 1st, 2023, and culminated on July 8th, 2023. This transformative initiative brought together some of Nigeria’s brightest minds, fostering academic excellence, personal growth, and professional development among the nation’s next
generation of leaders.



The NHEF Scholars Program is a flagship endeavour designed to bridge the gap between academic excellence and practical work experience, providing selected scholars with a unique opportunity to engage with renowned facilitators, partner firms and institutions nationwide. This year’s program witnessed an impressive cohort of 100 exceptional students from the NHEF’s partner universities with diverse academic backgrounds, each chosen for their outstanding achievements and potential to make a lasting impact on their respective fields.

Throughout the intensive week-long program, the 2023 NHEF Scholars were immersed in a rich array of activities and learning experiences, including:

  1. Leadership Seminars: Esteemed industry leaders and accomplished professionals shared insights, strategies, and wisdom, inspiring the scholars to develop their leadership potential and become positive change agents.

  2. Industry Immersions: Partner firms opened their doors to the scholars, providing them invaluable corporate exposure. The scholars were given hands-on experiences, enabling them to witness real-world applications of their academic knowledge.

  3. Networking Opportunities: The program facilitated extensive networking sessions, where the scholars interacted with influential figures from various industries, fostering connections that will prove instrumental in their future careers.

  4. Career Development Workshops: Experts conducted workshops on resume building, interview preparation, and career planning, equipping scholars with essential skills to navigate the job market successfully.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Claire Jemide, Executive Director of the Nigeria Higher Education Foundation, expressed profound pride in the scholars’ achievements and the program’s overall impact. “The 2023 NHEF Scholars Program has once again showcased the immense potential that lies within Nigeria’s young minds. We are confident that these exceptional scholars will go on to become catalysts of progress, driving innovation and effecting positive change in their respective fields. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our partner firms and institutions for their unwavering support in shaping the future of our nation.”

The NHEF Scholars Program ended with a closing ceremony and graduation dinner where we honoured the efforts of our 2023 NHEF Scholars alongside the 2021 NHEF Scholars. The evening was memorable, with distinguished guests, high net-worth individuals and policymakers in attendance.

The scholars returned to their respective institutions with a renewed sense of purpose, armed with the knowledge and skills to drive positive change in their communities and the nation. The NHEF remains steadfast in its mission to cultivate a brighter future for Nigeria through transformative education and skills development training.

The NHEF Scholars Program is a testament to the Foundation’s commitment to empowering Nigeria’s youth and advancing the nation’s development through education and mentorship. As the program concludes this year’s edition, the NHEF reaffirms its dedication to nurturing future leaders who will contribute significantly to Nigeria’s growth and global standing.

For more information about the NHEF and its initiatives, please visit Programs – NHEF (thenhef.org).

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