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AN AFRICAN education secretary was impressed with what he saw when he visited Portsmouth’s Highbury College.

Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, minister of state for education in Nigeria, spent time at the college to get a better idea of how young people are given skills for the workplace.

He said he would be using the college as a model for the development of vocational education in the west African country.

‘I’ve seen how the courses are related to industries and how the students operate,’ he said. ‘I’m very impressed with what I’ve seen – it’s highly commendable.’

The visit comes as Highbury is seeking to strengthen its international profile by sharing its expertise with institutions across the globe.

Stella Mbubaegbu, principal, said: ‘It’s been a privilege to show the minister how we teach young people and prepare them for the future.

‘Highbury College has established itself as the number one college for student success in the UK and now that reputation is being recognised around the world.’

Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Cheryl Buggy added: ‘The fact that the minister for education has chosen to use Highbury as a model for vocational education in Nigeria is a huge accolade for the college.’

‘It also highlights the fantastic opportunities for education and training we have on offer for young people in Portsmouth, which is great news for the city.’