Nigerian abroad education was the topic of a recent PIE Live Conversation With $2,000, you can’t study in the United States or the United Kingdom. You could also study in Lithuania or Poland.
Statistics Of Nigerian Students Studying Abroad
Cles 2021 research says Nigeria sent 76,338 students overseas to study in 2018, an 11 percent fall from 2017. The report attributes the decline to the drop in oil prices, depreciated local currency, and a lack of foreign purchasing power among Nigeria’s middle-class.
When it came out in 2020, it showed that several of the study destinations that students were considering had been reevaluated. There has been a 27 percent reduction in the number of Nigerian international students in the UK between 2012 and 2017. Nigerians studying abroad in the same year made up a bit more than a quarter of the total, including Ghana and Benin.
Canada, Malaysia, and South Africa are among the countries that are gaining a lot of traction. Another country to be on the lookout for is China because the number of students heading to China has increased in recent years due to the availability of many scholarships, according to Folashade Adebayo, senior education adviser at US Embassy Abuja in Nigeria, who spoke on a recent PIE Live webinar. In the previous two years, the number of students going to China has increased.
Students and parents in the United States are becoming increasingly interested in historically black colleges. Many individuals are concerned about the cost of education, which is why HBCUs are gaining attention. There are a number of students who are choosing this choice only because of the scholarship opportunities available to them.
Difficulties in implementing new technologies are being faced by other parties. When it comes to helping students identify study abroad possibilities and connect with universities, Imperial Education Services has established the MyStudyPath portal.
Lanre Ogundipe, an education consultant at IES, explains the three Cs at her organization.
To sum up, Nigerian students weigh the three Cs: cost, curriculum, and country while deciding whether or not to go overseas for higher education.
He continued, “Sometimes we get inquiries from students who want to study in the UK, and we ask them what their budget is, and they tell us $2,000,” he said.
They must know that $2000 is not enough to study in the U.S. or the U.K. There is a chance for you to go to university in Lithuania or Poland.
It has becoming increasingly popular for African students to study abroad in countries such as Spain and Germany, according to Laveen Melwani, a senior recruitment manager at the EU Business School. She believes that this trend will continue in the near future.
A large number of students are now seeking education outside of traditional universities due to the multiple career opportunities and cross-cultural exchange programs offered in these areas, he said.
There are however many who think Nigeria’s pent-up demand for higher education is a chance to build capacity in the country through private institutions and TNE initiatives.
In Africa, we’re seeing that private education offers a lot of options for success. According to Laura Kakon, chief growth and strategy officer at the pan-African Honoris United Universities, the demand for higher education is quite high.
Public-private partnerships are becoming increasingly important in order to enhance access to quality education on the continent.
Why do Nigerian students want to study outside of the country?
Participants have said that the deterioration of Nigeria’s educational system explains why Nigerian youths prefer to pursue higher education elsewhere.
They spoke at a University of Sunderland London, United Kingdom, programme on how Nigerians can easily study abroad at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria. In Lagos, Benin, as well as Port Harcourt, the program was simultaneously held.
“The government needs to know why young people in Nigeria prefer to study overseas,” says Larry Jones, a Nigerian instructor at the university of Sunderland. He laments a six-year schooling period for Nigerian students because of a long-running strike at the nation’s higher institution.
“Why would you want to spend six years studying for a degree? You work for a year, and then the schools go on strike, so you have to work for longer. Another reason why so many young people desire to study overseas is that our grads are largely unemployable since their teachers aren’t ready.
Students at the University of Sunderland know that providing their best is critical to their success. What happened to our system back then, when it was compared to the UK’s? As time passes, things deteriorate and a system is created that fails young people. There is a problem with our educational system, and a shift is needed. That means returning home and changing things for people going overseas to study, he said.
Students from Nigeria have been studying at the University of Sunderland in the UK for almost a decade, according to Ian Moody, the school’s deputy director for international affairs.
There is no doubt in our minds that Nigerian pupils are of the highest caliber. In addition, they provide greater value to the university’s curriculum through their involvement. Due to the difficulty in obtaining visas and fees for Nigerian students, we are offering scholarships for Nigerians and other Africans. We also assist students with visa preparation so that they can travel to the UK to study. According to him, we also provide information on available programs and scholarships that have already been awarded.
According to him, the majority of Nigerian students go abroad to study medicine. The institution also offers master’s programmes in Public Health, MBA, and Ph.D.
Wisdom Okoye, a Ph.D. graduate of the university, said that the education system in Nigeria is very bad, which is why so many Nigerians go abroad to study, adding that the government should invest in education.
Despite the deterioration in Nigeria, there is a glimmer of hope when one travels outside. Nigerians have responded overwhelmingly to this program, and we expect to see an increase in the number of kids attending as we tour the country.
For this reason, he believes that Nigerian students should study abroad so they can come home with fresh knowledge and abilities they can utilize to assist the country’s economy thrive.
In Nigeria, a student at the University of Sunderland complained that it takes four years to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She said she would rather study nursing for three years than four years in Nigeria.
More prospects there, it’s like adding value to my academics. When Nigerians study overseas, their education level is superior to ours. She said that Nigeria’s education system should be upgraded because we learn more over there and bring that knowledge back home.