61,600 Africans went to China for studies in 2016. The greatest number of these students came from Ghana, Nigeria and Tanzania. The number of African students in China grew 35 times in approximately 10 years. France still has the highest African student body of over 95,000 and the U.S. and U.K. each host about 40,000 African students every year. Since Denmark (in 2006) and Sweden (in 2011) introduced tuition fees for international students the number of students from Africa has decreased. Finland introduced fees in 2017. Iceland and Norway do not collect tution fees for international students.
During post-colonial era, Nordic countries were favored destination for African students. Many current leaders got their education from the Nordic countries which makes collaboration and contacts between the regions easy and natural.
NAI director Iina Soiri