Nigerians and employers of labour in Africa’s biggest economy have demonstrated an inclination and avid appetite for certificates obtained at foreign institutions of higher learning.
NOIPolls, an Abuja-based country-specific polling service released a public opinion, Jan. 19, 2016, which showed that poor perception of Nigerians towards the country’s educational system is fueling an upsurge in the number of citizens seeking to pursue foreign degrees abroad.
This was followed by the perception that foreign certificates are granted higher value than local certificates; and the consideration that foreign environments tend to be more conducive for studies due to the availability of modern educational facilities and absence of incessant strike actions.
Four in 10 Nigerians (42 percent) claim they know someone (either friend or relative) who studied, or currently studying, abroad; and further identified the United Kingdom (27 percent), the United States of America (23 percent), Malaysia (16 percent), Ghana (12 percent) and Canada (8 percent) as top educational destinations amongst others.
Similarly, majority of respondents polled maintained that Nigerians with foreign degrees and certificates fare better than their local counterparts, particularly in terms of academic performance (43 percent), job excellence (50 percent) and societal contribution (39 percent).
For individuals desiring to embark on the study-abroad adventure, it will be important to consider places to get quality education at cheaper rates.
According to research by international currency experts FairFX, when taking into account both tuition fees and living costs, an average international student in the UK can expect to pay around $27, 680 per year, one of the most expensive university educations in the world.
Meanwhile in Germany, a country with over 40 ranked universities and nine in the top 100 of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016-2017, an average student will pay barely a third of the UK cost, per year.
Compare this to the United States, where an average tuition of over $31,000 is more than double the average cost of living, a pattern repeated in numerous other high-cost countries.
Here is the deal; the top ten cheapest places to study are: Germany, Sweden, South-Africa, Finland and Taiwan. Others include Denmark, Austria, Belgium, Russia and Norway.