Dec 12, 2014 – Nigerians Planning To Study Abroad, Read This Before Making A Decision
Are you thinking about studying abroad, don’t be in a hurry to jet out. THINK RIGHT!!!
Nigeria’s education system is apparently in a sham. To many Nigerians, study abroad options remain the only way out. But are Nigerians choosing rightly where to study?
The high rate of employment prevalent in Nigeria has prompted many students to crave for foreign degrees as such degrees are thought to boost their career profiles. Understandably, some employers have recently increased emphasis on foreign certificates. Even those that intend to study in Nigeria, the case is somewhat pathetic. The capacity at existing universities has been stretched to its limits. Currently, just one in three applicants finds a place at an institution of higher education in Nigeria. This stimulates parents to opt for the study abroad option for their wards.
Having spent so many years studying and visiting several continents of the world, I have had the priviledge of meeting Nigerian students scattered all over the globe. Their vision is somewhat similar, everyone wanting to add value to their career profiles. Nigerian students’ experience in these countries differ widely, ranging from extreme displeasure to uttermost satisfaction.
Regardless of what student experience is abroad, study abroad cravings of Nigerian students remains on the rise. After Morocco, Nigeria sends the most students (over 39,000) overseas of any country on the African continent, according to data from the UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS). Europe has been the major destination. Due to the colonial ties and shared language, the United Kingdom has long been a favorite destination for Nigerian students overseas. But the UK seem to be passing mixed messages since the April 2012 cancellation of post-study visa meaning students have to leave within 90 days of their course ending. Only graduates who have an offer of a skilled job from a sponsoring employer under Tier 2 of the points-based system will be able to stay to work (https://immigrationmatters.co.uk/post-study-work-visa-to-be-abolished.html)
But the funny thing is …after borrowing money from left and right, to study for an academic program just as a number of students will do with the hope of getting job afterwards, companies often include some funny comments in their job advertisement. The most popular one is….
‘…This job is unlikely to attract a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship (i.e. a work permit). To apply for a Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship, employers need to demonstrate that they are unable to recruit a resident worker before recruiting an individual overseas (e.g see https://www.lstmliverpool.ac.uk/working-with-us/human-resources/current-vacancies/ref-437)’
You will agree with me that it is going to be almost practically impossible to argue that no other UK person is qualified to get the job you are competing for, in the whole of UK for that matter!
Even Malaysia where our people run to, the story too na wa! In recent years, Malaysia emerged as a popular destination for Nigerians due to the (formerly) low tuition and living costs. Most recently however, things have changed as recent massive tuition hikes have made it expensive to study in both government and privately owned universities. Although it is argued that the cost of living in Malaysia is cheaper, there is no opportunity for foreign students to work. You cannot even secure a cleaning job..no matter how your CV looks!
This explains why a lot of Nigerians in Malaysia are into crimes all in a bid to either survive or to pay back loans that facilitated their travel to Malaysia. I don’t justify their actions sha! There is no moral justification for crime!!! Another dimension, although controversial, is the not-too-friendly (a paper-mild version of the word ‘hostile’) reception of Malaysians to people from Africa. Response from my interaction with several individuals remain somewhat similar – most Africans studying in Malaysia would encourage their prospecting friends to look elsewhere for their proposed study! Lest I forget, in other Asian countries, the ‘hostility’ story is similar.
From my experience so far, it seems to be that New Zealand in the coming years would emerge as a leading destination of international students. New Zealand seems to have a leading edge in this area by offering international students work-while-study and post-study opportunities. This would be an important pull factor that will shape the study destination decisions of prospective Nigerian students. In New Zealand, there is an entire website (https://www.sjs.co.nz/) dedicated to student jobs!
Plus the most thrilling one…the recently introduced unlimited work rights for international PhD and Masters by research students in selected universities. New Zealand government funding scheme enables selected universities to offer PhD study to international students for the same tuition fees as New Zealand PhD students. Imagine paying tuition fees of approximately US$5,089 (just around 700,000 Naira per annum) instead of about US25,000 (about four million Naira per annum). In addition, other benefits for international PhD students are: (a) Your dependent children are classified as domestic students and can attend New Zealand’s free public primary and secondary schools (b) Your spouse/partner is eligible for an open work permit valid for the duration of your PhD program (c) As a PhD student you have unlimited work rights under the terms of your student visa (d) On completion of your PhD, you can apply for a 12-month Post-study work visa (open) through Immigration New Zealand to allow you to search for employment. If you are able to find a suitable job in your chosen field, you may then apply for a two-year Post-study work visa (employer assisted). Again people who have successfully completed, in New Zealand, a qualification that would gain points under New Zealand Immigration Skilled Migrant Category. This includes most Bachelor, Masters and PhD graduates (visit Immigration New Zealand for further details and a full list of eligible qualifications).
Dear Nigerian student, it is my candid advice that you think well and choose right when deciding where to travel for the purpose of adding value.
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(Dr Christopher Dada, SuccessWriters Consultancy New Zealand Limited, Address: 6/174 Old Farm Road, Hamilton East, New Zealand, +64211156591, +2347014708277, +2348063635966)
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