Nigeria is a country of about one hundred and forty million people: a fast-growing country with a semi-vibrant economy. Corruption has blighted the country over the years. The social fabric was in tatters, which led to unexpected placements in the global index standards.
Education is vital to human existence; It is a tool that helps the government, private sector and informal units. For Nigeria as a country to move forward, we need quality and objective education. Over the years the educational system has been in shambles and the future of our children is in danger. The efforts of our founding fathers to make Nigerian universities and polytechnics well established seem to have faltered.
The latest ranking of world universities, places the first university in Nigeria – Ifee University, six thousand three hundred and thirty-four (6,334). It seems that a university has been found in foreign education. Countries like: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Singapore, Finland, Japan, etc. have a good education system. Obtaining education outside the country is costly in itself. Average tuition fees (Bachelor) for some selected countries (excluding living expenses) for undergraduate students are: 8000 USD, 6000 GBP, Singapore 4000 USD, Malta 20 000 USD, Malaysia 1000 USD, Ireland 6000 EUR, Free of Norway, Free of Sweden, Germany free, Denmark free, Finland free, etc. These charges when converting to Naira are: Malaysia N130,000, UK N1,400,000, US N1,040,000, Malta N2,600,000, etc.
Free education – at all levels, available in some countries in Europe – Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Germany. In Sweden, all levels of education are free. The Swedish system includes not only traditional universities, but also various types of teacher training, healthcare training, and technical training; etc. Financing education is the responsibility of: the central government, regional authorities and private interests. All higher education institutions are under the authority of the Ministry of Education except for university sciences (Ministry of Agriculture). Higher education is divided into undergraduate studies (grouped towards a first degree) and postgraduate studies and research. Sweden has 39 accredited higher education institutions that offer structured degree programmes, and English is a mode of study at some universities. Foreign students are allowed to work and study. Sweden has a bustling economy with a very high per capita income. Nigerian students should grab this opportunity to study in Sweden.
All institutions of higher education in Finland are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Research and Church Affairs. Higher education in Norway is mainly offered in state institutions: universities, university colleges, state colleges and art colleges. A bachelor’s degree is completed after 3 years of study, a master’s degree is completed after 2 years, and a doctorate is completed after 3 years. Education is free at all levels in Finland. International students can study in English because some universities and colleges offer their courses in English. Students can work and study in Finland. There is no set minimum wage, because there is no legislation on it.
Malaysia has four types of institutions that offer higher education, namely: local public universities, international universities, private universities, and over 500 public institutions of higher education (PHEIS). . The main objective of Systematic is to provide training to school leavers for their future career in the fields of Accountancy, Business, Computing, Marketing, Management, Banking, Secretarial, Commerce and Industry. Systematic has produced world-class students in professional courses such as LCCI, ACCA, CIMA, ICSA, CIMA, ABE and CIM. A good reason for international students to study in Malaysia is that holders of a student permit or pass are allowed to work while studying to supplement their livelihood. Students are allowed to work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours per week. Students have options to work in: local companies, multinational companies and embassies. Getting jobs in multinational companies depends on your previous qualifications and the salary ranges from $1,500 to $2,500 per month. Students getting jobs at a local company is easy: salary ranges from $800 to $1,500, and housing from $65 per month to $150.
Singapore has an education system similar to that of the United Kingdom. In the higher level, it has three universities and 7 other institutions affiliated with domestic and foreign universities, and 4 technical institutes. The university’s full-time enrollment is about 40,000, of which 20,000 are female. Tuition fees for international students are generally 10% more than tuition fees for Singapore students. Tuition fees depend on the major you apply for, specialized majors such as medicine and dentistry cost more than sciences, humanities, and law. Medicine goes for $8,500 to $10,000 per session: humanities, law, social sciences, etc. $2,500 to $6,000 for a bachelor’s degree. Tuition fees at the 4-year Polytechnic range between $1,350-2,500. The Government of Singapore highly supports her higher education through the Scholarship. The tuition fee loan scheme helps pay 75%-80% of tuition fees, making higher education accessible to almost everyone. If after graduation you are unable to pay off your loan, you will have to work an additional year or two to enable you to pay off the balance. Singapore’s economy is very noisy. It ranks 20th in the table of richest countries with per capita income of $24,500 per year. Living in Singapore is inexpensive compared to the income earned; Higher education in Singapore appears to be affordable for all able students.
Scholarships help students who want to study abroad achieve it with the least financial burden. Some examples are: British Council Fellowship Programmes, Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowship Scheme, Commonwealth Science Council, UNESCO, Ford Foundation, African Education Fund, Rotary Foundation Ambassadors Scholarship etc. British Chevening Scholarships – Funded by (British) Foreign and Commonwealth Office FCO ), annually awarding scholarships in more than 150 countries around the world. This scholarship program provides fully funded master’s degree programs to talented graduates and young Nigerians. Chevening has produced since inception more than 800 Nigerian scholars. This figure places the country first in sub-Saharan Africa. British Council Fellowship Programs Nationals of around 70 countries are eligible for full study at postgraduate level through the British Council Fellowship Programme, which is administered through its overseas offices. The program is advertised by the British Council in the countries in which it operates. Details are available at the British Council offices. The Ford Foundation – International Fellowship Program (IFP) offers support for up to three years of formal study at the graduate level. Fellows must be citizens of Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Chile, Peru, Russia, and Vietnam.
External degrees are rated very highly in the country. Most of the people when they return to the country with their diplomas always get higher positions. A friend of mine who works in a bank went to the UK for his MBA, he spent a year in the UK before returning. When he returned, his bank promoted him and not until two weeks later, he got another job (paying double the salary at his previous office).
The dream of studying abroad can be achieved with proper planning. With free schools in Germany, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway, you can study for a PhD, MSc, MBA, Diploma, BA, LLB, etc. without paying tuition fees. Your first step towards studying abroad is to get enough information: browse university websites, country websites, scholarship websites, etc., get university or college bulletins, browse courses and curricula. Get many acceptances before choosing.