By Ina Muri
Posting in Education
The annual Houston Area Survey shows that Nigerian immigrants have the highest level of education in the U.S., surpassing any other racial or ethnic groups.
Nigerian immigrants have the highest levels of education in Houston and the nation, surpassing whites and Asians, according to a Census data bolstered by an analysis of 13 annual Houston-area surveys, Leslie Casimir of the Houston Chronicle reports.
David Olowokere, originally from Nigeria and the chairman of Texas Southern University's department of engineering technologies, told Casimir that holding a master's degree just wasn't good enough for his people back home. So he got a doctorate. His wife, Shalewa Olowokere is a civil engineer and hold a master's degree.
According to a 2006 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, 17 percent of all Nigerians in the U.S. hold a master’s degree, 4 percent hold a doctorate and 37 percent have a bachelor’s degree. In comparison, 8 percent of the white population in the U.S. hold a master’s degrees, 1 percent hold a doctorate and 19 percent have a bachelor’s degrees.
The Nigerian numbers are strikingly high, Roderick Harrison told Casimir. He is a demographer at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington D.C. think-thank that specializes in researching black issues.
However, Stephen Klineberg, a Sociologist at Rice University who conducts the annual Houston Area Survey, suspects the percentage of Nigerian immigrants with post-graduate degrees is higher than the Census data shows.
According to the latest Census data there are more than 12,000 Nigerians in Houston. This is a figure sociologists and Nigerian community leaders say is a gross undercount, as they believe the number is closer to 100,000.
Out of all the Nigerian immigrants Kleinberg reached in his random phone surveys in 1994 through 2007—a total of 45 households—40 percent of them told him they had post-graduate degrees.
The reasons Nigerians have more post-graduate degrees than any other racial or ethnic group is largely due to the Nigerian society’s emphasis on mandatory and free education, Casimir reports. After immigrating to the U.S., practical matters of immigrations laws get in the way. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 made it easier for Africans to enter the U.S., but mostly as students or highly skilled professionals—not through family sponsorships, Kleinberg said.
Via Houston Chronicle
Image courtesy: Eric Kayne, Chronicle/HC
Mar 18, 2012
This is fantastic news. What is wrong with people? Nigerian's are doing great and all you can do is bad-mouth on the internet. Stop being jealous - go to school too if you want a degree - Hope you know the smartest family in the UK is Nigerian? God Bless Nigeria, Africa and the world. There is nothing you haters can do.
I guess this explains all those internet scams I constantly receive - from those well educated Nigerians.
Migrations of well educated people always has at least 2 aspects to it. The places the people migrate to, often the USA, benefit from more well educated people in the work force without having to invest in their education. The places that the people migrate from lose their "best & the brightest", aka brain drain. I don't know a lot about Nigeria but what little that gets into the US news doesn't suggest it's a place that can afford to lose their "best & the brightest".
I think this study is flawed. You compare general populations of a country, in this case whites and Asians in the US, versus a segment of a highly specific groups, namely Nigerians that come to this country for Higher Education and then declare that group is much more educated. Doesn't make much sense or good statistics.
Maybe it's just that Nigerians SAY that they have a higher degree of education. In all the countries in the world, there is none (not even Russia!) where fraud is more institutionalized.
Stop Hating - Get a life. The article didn't say it surveyed only Nigerian student's. That would be a completely different thing.