WHY THE NUMBER OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS IN THE UK IS INCREASING
Have you noticed that many Nigerians value international studies? It is also obvious that the number of Nigerian students in the UK is increasing.
Nigerians can be found seeking higher education round the world. We long for an educational system that will expose us to the latest technology. United Kingdom offers you a topnotch education, internationally esteemed qualifications and outstanding job prospects. It is also true that education in the UK will enlighten you about the western culture.
The United Kingdom is undoubtedly one of the most popular destination for Nigerian students seeking international degrees. Nigerian students are found in several countries though but generally, their top destinations are spread across Europe, North America and even Australia. Trust us for that. It is however a common belief that the United Kingdom is one of the costliest place to study in the world
Do you know many Nigerian families are saving up tens of thousands of dollars in order to be able to sponsor their children to study in a non-African University?
This savings could take as much as a year or more to meet a desired financial target. I will share with you the reasons many Nigerians won’t mind making such huge sacrifice.
Research estimates that Nigerian parents spend well above the federal government’s yearly budget of $750 million for to educate their children on an international platform.
It is a common belief that the United Kingdom is one of the costliest place to study in the world yet, this region is home to about 438,000 international higher education students each year.
Below are some of the basic reasons the number of Nigerian students in the UK is increasing
1. Sound education – In case you don’t know, 3 of the top 10 universities in the world are in the UK this is according to Times Higher Education World Rankings 2018, with University of Oxford and University of Cambridge being the top 2 universities in the world.
No wonder the number of Nigerians studying for a degree in the UK trebled in just eight years, according to recent data. Besides, all UK universities and colleges adhere to strict standards defined by the UK government so you know you are getting the best training, support and experience obtainable.
Now, if you were to be a student from one of the best schools in the world, how would that make you feel? Great right?
2. Great learning facilities – The deprived state of our Nigerian universities has also been a discouraging factor to many Nigerians.
In this age and time, many universities still can’t afford enough buildings and facilities for their admitted students which makes learning so rigorous.
Now, imagine five people being paired to a scientific equipment. Also imagine a spillover of students in a small hall and other staying by the window side to hear the lecture.
If all these circumstances are weighed and a degree can be gotten in a better environment, wouldn’t you want your life to be easy and your learning smooth?
3. Fascinating environment Manchester University, UK features the third largest steerable radio telescope in the world. It is home to the iconic Lovell Telescope as well as three others.
Durham University was built like a castle, Portsmouth University, UK is on an island, Cranfield University has its own airport.
These and many more interesting things encourage a lot of students to look forward to studying in such environments, knowing that, asides the academic aspect of life, there will be other memories to hold unto.
4. Varieties of courses – One of the interesting things about UK higher education, that you will likely not find anywhere else, is the chance to really pursue your specific interests. For example, studying Transports in UK means everything you can transport.
These range from logistics, maritime, aviation, land transport, and other related concepts meanwhile transport study in another country, such as Canada, is limited to trucks and haulage.
Besides, there are a wide range of courses to chooses from whether traditional or modern, from Computer Games Development to Entrepreneurship
5. Culture – More people are beginning to realize that studying in the UK is a realistic option for studies with an easy and predictable admission response.
Hence, they will love to explore and enjoy the extra benefit of experiencing another region’s culture while studying for their degrees.
This will help some students to be bilingual and perhaps vaster in multicultural knowledge.
6. No delay in admission process– It is no joke that many people in this part of the world, especially African countries, spend some years at home before finally securing an admission into a desired university.
Meanwhile, their peers in a European country is almost preparing for his third degree or already working full-time and getting well paid.
This delay and unexplained interruption in the academic affairs of students can be frustrating. Thus, a solution to the problem could be to save enough to study in a well predictable environment like U.K.
Again, in Nigerian universities, many departments cannot occupy the large population seeking admission. This leads to the rejection of other students despite an average satisfactory performance.
7. No strike – Associations like NASU, SAANU, NAAT and ASUU wouldn’t stop letting students spend more than the expected number of years.
A student planning to spend 4 years ends up spending 5 or 6 years without any apology from the university or the strike causing association.
This sudden interruption and delay is another reason students would love to have their studies in within an environment where the date of completion can be ascertained.
8. Job! job! job! – This is one of the factors why the number of Nigerian students in the UK is increasing. In Nigeria, getting a degree does not automatically gets you a job. You need extra smartness. Sometimes, you need to know someone that knows someone. You also need to be sensitive to any job alert online or offline. Hence, in order to be on a safe side, people want something extra to give them an edge amidst the teeming unemployed populace.
With such believe, it is quickly assumed that you will add more value to the organization from the exposure and standard education you have garnered.
This might up your chances in the next interview when you are in the midst of local degree holders.
And the magic is, you can almost skip the entry level position to join the middle level management with an international degree.