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THIRD CLASS? DON’T GIVE UP, YOU CAN EVEN BECOME A PROFESSOR

Graduating with a third class degree  is a tough reality, better imagined  than happening. But when it does happen, well, pick yourself up. Third class graduates can get to the top, and even become professors in academia. Yes, you heard it clear ‘PROFESSOR’

But before you get carried away, here are few steps you can take to get to yoir desired top

  1. Postgraduate Diploma: Take a postgraduate diploma course in your chosen area of interest. Now, take the course serious because its like a remedial for the not-too-good third class. Postgraduate diploma brushes you up intellectually and otherwise. In Nigeria, postgraduate diploma takes one year averagely.
  2. Professional Exams: Professional courses like ICAN, ACCA, PIMP, MSCE etc, can be equivalent to a bachelor’s degree if you do the exams to the highest level. With this, you can go ahead for  a Master degree and even earn scholarship. Your professional certificate would erase any stigma of third class degree.
  3. Foundation Master: This is done abroad, and is similiar to postgraduate diploma. Student lacking academically take the foundation masters, and later convert to the master degree programme. They can go on to study for a Ph.D.
In all these steps above, third class graduates can bag a Ph.D, work in an institution and eventually become professors.
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BENEFITS OF A UK POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION

The United Kingdom (U.K) is a kind of Mecca for postgraduate education across the globe. The U.K (consisting of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) attracts hundred of thousands of students with intention of studying for a Masters or PhD degree. What are the advantages of doing a Masters or PhD programme in the U.K?

1. World Class Universities: The U.K is home to some of the best universities in the world. Institutions like Cambridge and Oxford have existed before the 18th century. Postgraduate education and research in these schools are top notch. Many of them have produced nobel laureates, like Alexander Flemming from Imperial college. Even recent and lesser known U.K universities still have the touch of scholastic excellence, far better than any Nigerian university. Studying for a Master or PhD in the U.K is surely an avenue to be moulded and certified by age-long citadels of excellence indeed.

2. Short Duration for Masters: It takes a year (some times, 11 months) to earn a Masters degree in a U.K university. Almost impossible to achieve in any Nigerian university. It’s a major benefit, because it is unlike the US, Canada and other European countries where a Masters programme is 2 years. Although, the Masters programme in the U.K is loaded, 9 months for two semesters lectures, and 3 months for project. For a Nigerian studying abroad, a programme with shorter duration is better. As they say, “time na money oo”

3. International Collaboration and Networking:

The world is a global village, and modern postgraduate education is beyond class rooms and research laboratories. A U.K postgraduate education gives you the priviledge to rub mind with scholars from divers background across the world. Networking opportunities abound at regularly organized conferences, research paper presentation e.t.c. All these brighten the postgraduate students’ horizon, and stimulates the mind for creative and collaborative progress

4. Employment and Scholarship:

Depending on your academic performance, there are opportunities that can make you a permanent resident in the U.K after your schooling. Postgraduate education in the U.K rewards excellence, whether black or white, Nigerian or Togolese. A good performance at PhD can automatically earn you a faculty position. Employment opportunities are also available, although few.

5. Vast Nigerian Community:

Doing your Masters/PhD in the U.K is also good because, you may not miss home at all. Yes, if you study in London, dont be surprised when you hear a couple speaking yoruba loosely like its Ibadan. Having the Nigerian community gives you a little social and emotional support, compare to studying in Russia, for instance, with the intolerance and racism. Even on university campuses, you should run into fellow Nigerians, and you “hail” each other.

With these highlights,  you would appreciate the benefits of a postgraduate study in the U.K.

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FIRST GENERATION UNIVERSITIES AS NIGERIA’S BEST PG SCHOOLS

Postgraduate education in Nigeria began in the 60s. At this time, there were only five universities in the country. They are; University of Ibadan, University of Ife (now OAU), University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. They are all jointly called first generation universities.

Postgraduate education at these Nigerian Universities are top notch, atleast by Nigerian standards. They have the longest years in offering postgraduate education, and at a time were at par in quality with U.K universities.
First generation universities get the highest funding from the Nigerian government. This enables these school afford quality faculty staff (researchers and professors) in various fields of study. Increased funding also provides equiment and laboratry that may be scarce in other institutions.
Beyond these is a large alumni base and an extensive international network these schools possess. This helps postgraduate students and faculty staff seeking grants, scholarships and other rare opportunities, that would have been beyond reach.
Most importantly is the fact that first generation universities are expection to have 60% of their student population as postgraduate students. At a time, University of Ibadan almost became a full postgraduate university, before it was stopped.
From Postgraduate Nigeria, we advice that if you want the best postgraduate education, attend a first generation university.
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WHY YOU SHOULD NOT HAVE YOUR POSTGRADUATE DEGREE IN THE U.K

For many Nigerians, it is a dream come true, and a great delight to travel abroad for postgraduate study.
The United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and North Ireland) is a popular destination for many Nigerians, partly because of the influence of our former colonial masters, and the fact that it is an English speaking country. Nigerians having their postgraduate study overseas often return with tales of how postgraduate education is better there. This post presents you with the facts you should reconsider, before you jet out of Naija, for a Masters/PhD in U.K
  1. Exorbitant Financial Cost: Except you are on scholarships, you should plan/prepare well for the financial burden your postgraduate study would put on you and your family. Average tuition fees for a U.K masters is £9500, but could be as high as £ 20,000 in Russell Group or Red Brick Universities. You will be required to pay a considerable part of your tuition, with the balance and 9months living allowance in your bank account before applying for your visa. Also consider the cost of visa applications, air travel from Nigeria, medical insurance and the high cost of living in U.K. In all, be prepared to sink in at least 4 million naira into the U.K economy, in exchange for a Master’s degree. A PhD, of course would be costlier.
  2. No Post Study Work Experience: The stringent Tier 4 visa requirement would not give you an extra period after study, to have much needed work experience. The U.K government simply wants you to come, study, and as soon as you drop your thesis and graduate, catch the next available flight to your country. What’s the aim of receiving world class education, without the opportunity of an industry experience? Except you get hired before graduating, which is rare, though possible, you simply return to Nigeria with an extra certificate, but no additional work experience. Note that in the Nigerian job market, work experience, no matter how little is important. Update: From 2021, Immigration rules have been relaxed to give postgraduate students the privilege to apply for post study visa.
  3. No Job Guarantee: Your U.K postgraduate certificate does not necessarily earn you a job on return to Nigeria. Without sounding pessimistic, the Nigerian labour market is not just saturated but over saturated. Job seekers with American, British, e.t.c postgraduate degrees still plunge interviews venues in hope of getting hired. The fact is, you would soon discover that there are tens or hundreds of other Nigerians with foreign degrees. But if you intend to be in academics, then getting a lecturing job should be easy.
In conclusion, conduct an extensive research on what to expect in the U.K for a postgraduate education. Be prepared financially and academically. There are better alternatives to a Master’s/PhD U.K that are at par with the U.K standard. Work hard, stay focused, whether U.K, Nigeria or elsewhere, your success is in your hand.
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AFTER NYSC, MASTERS?

Education has
often been defined as the sum total of learning experiences an individual
acquires in life; this behooves us that as long as there is life, education
should continue.
For many, tertiary education is seen to be climaxed, at earning a HND/Degree. Going for NYSC, with all its excitement and adventure is the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, for many who do not prepare for life after NYSC, they are usually shocked to face the unfriendly Nigerian reality- on your own with unemployment, accommodation rent, feeding e.t.c The worse is that many don’t (or decided not to) know of pursuing their education for a Master degree. Going for a Masters education can be the turning point that could set you on a pedestal for success.
Masters education is a formal education programme, subsequent to a first degree (Bachelors), in Nigeria, it is mandated for every prospective master’s student to have completed/ be exempted from the NYSC. Hence it is not possible to study for a Nigerian masters without a NYSC certificate.

Making an early decision to go for a Masters education is important. Such a decision can be made, and concretized during the NYSC. With vision and a bit of self-discipline, you can begin to save as much as you would need for postgraduate forms, transcript, accommodation and even a part of your initial school fees. The problem is, many corp members blow away their alawee, in hope that there would always be another, next month. Investing in your immediate future should be more important to you during NYSC.

During the year of NYSC, corp members should be on the lookout for postgraduate advertisements, just as they also search for jobs, it’s better to adopt the open mind policy of whichever comes first- job or masters. This is because the first few months after NYSC could be depressing, if you are idle. By then you must have run out of any reserve cash saved during NYSC.

Also, leaving NYSC straight for Masters studies is good as your mind is still in sharp. Adapting to the rigors of university education is easy, as you probably left school over a year ago.

I believe it’s a wise decision for any individual to continue straight from NYSC to Masters. The tough Nigerian economy, high unemployment rate, among others things are reasons for that. And if you must work with you first degree, you could still be writing your application letters and attending interviews from your Master’s class, did you lose?

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MASTERS DEGREE OR A PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATE

Masters degree and Professional certificateIn a world of many opportunities and choices, one of the issues facing fresh graduates who want to advance their education for a postgraduate programme is ‘which way?’ A Masters degree, which gives you an in-depth knowledge of a specilization of your first degree, or A Professional certificate- which gives you the edge a career and make you seen as a professional. Your choice should depend on life goals and your definition of success in life. The following would serve as a broad guideline on whether you should take a Master degree or a Professional course.