US hails ‘gifted’ Zim students

Zimbabwe students have been described as “academically gifted” in their studies in the United States, excelling in many courses when compared to their African counterparts.

The remarks were made by a visiting American and Canadian delegation from the Council of International Schools during a well-attended public fair showcasing various colleges at the Harare Gardens.

Fredrich Schilingemann, the International Recruiter at the Winthrop University, said that Zimbabwean students were fantastic and usually excelled.

“There has been an increase in the number of applicants from the country and we are very pleased about that,” said Schilingemann.

Josh Keller, Director at Thompson Rivers University said: “Zimbabwe has the second highest number of African students studying at the university and they are doing exceptionally well.”

The embassy’s education officer, Rebecca Zeigler, said a high number of Zimbabwean students returned to Zimbabwe after completing their studies in the US. “Most of the students that have enrolled in colleges in the US are coming back to work in the country. This is a very positive development. Some 400 students have been granted visas to study in the US since 2011,” she said.

Patrice Gumbo, a Lower Six student at Zengeza High I School in Chitungwiza, attended the fair and said he would try to access a scholarship to study in the US or Canada.

Gail Nyikayaramba, from Girls High, said the fair had opened her eyes to opportunities abroad as local universities lacked many facilities.

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