Nigerian students favouring overseas institutions over Nigerian universities

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Nigerian students favouring overseas institutions over Nigerian universities (1)

Nigeria has been a lot on the news lately as a country with the largest demand for overseas education. As per a report by The Nigeria Market Sentiments and Study Motivations, 9 out of 10 students from Nigeria plan to go abroad for higher education. UK alone has seen a 58% rise in the number of applications from Nigeria.

The overwhelming interest of Nigerian students to move abroad for education has the Nigerian government worried.

As per a statement made by Garba Shehu, the media aide for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, the government is working on bettering university education in the country while stressing that Nigerian universities are ‘equally good and even better’ as compared to foreign education.

However, the absence of Nigerian universities from popular rankings such as QS and THE tell a different story for not only Nigerian students but also their parents. No Nigerian university has made it to the QS World University Rankings list from 2020 to 2023.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has reported an over 30% increase in the number of new study permits issued to Nigerian students from 2020.

As per the report quoted earlier, several reasons have been attributed to why Nigerian students want to fly out of their country. Prolonged university strikes, high unemployment rate, and terrorism were among the prominent reasons quoted by the students.

However, issues such as the declining value of Naira and the depreciation of forex in the country has contributed to delayed visa processing, further adding to the woes of Nigerian study abroad applicants.

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