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Dreams die as Graduates wait endlessly for Transcripts

Academic transcripts is one of the documents needed for a Postgraduate admission. Infact, it is arguably the most important, as it can determine whether a prospective Postgraduate student gets admitted.

Unfortunately, in Nigeria, access to academic transcript by former students is so tedious and herculean. Business Day Newspaper reports on this challenge.

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Nigerian Prison Service Enrolls 23 In-mate in Postgraduate Programmes

The Nigerian Prison Service (NPS) said it has enrolled 23 inmates, serving different terms into postgraduate programmes of the National Open University (NOUN). This was disclosed by the Comptroller General of the service, while receiving the UNESCO/Confucius award at Abuja. The postgraduate students are pursuing studies in criminology, public administration and other courses.

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After Over Six Million Naira, UK Masters Degree Holder Frustrated because of Unemployment

Experience, it is commonly said, is the best teacher. But painful events are better not experienced; learning from other people is safer and wiser. Postgraduate Nigeria brings your the very unpleasant experience of a Nigerian who bagged a UK Masters degree, spent over six million naira. His return to Nigeria’s labour market has left him frustrated and almost regretting. This post was published by

After Spending N6.7m For My Masters In the U.K, Nigerian Employers Are Using me to Play

I graduated from the university in 2011 and finished my NYSC in 2012. I had already planned my life I didn’t want to waste much time before going for my master’s degree if I didn’t get a good job.

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HOW MUCH FUNDS DO I NEED FOR A MASTERS DEGREE?

The idea of studying for a Masters degree, immediately after a Bachelors degree or NYSC is not new. While some have a divergent views, it is better than to be idle or engaged in almost fruitless job search. The choice of Master degree must be well thought, especially financially. In Nigeria, education at first degree level is heavily subsidized, thus studying for a Masters in Nigeria is a different kettle of fish.

Personally, I saved during NYSC and it gave me a head for my Masters, but sincerely the funds didn’t do much. So it is important to count the cost. Do you have enough funds to run a postgraduate program. Note that it is not necessary to have a lump sum, but at least having an idea of the total cost would help. This post applies to studying in Nigeria, how much funds do I need for a masters degree?

BUDGET ITEMS OF EXPENDITURES

To complete a Masters degree in Nigeria, you will be spending on all these items listed below. The amounts given are not fixed, but just an idea is given.

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Scholarship/Grants Study Abroad

A-Z of Chevening Scholarship Application

Chevening scholarship application

 

Hello everyone, I have the priviledge of sharing this long and exciting article about the Chevening scholarship application process. Kaoula is a Chevening scholar, studying presently at Bradford University, U.K. She is also a Chevening social media ambassador. The article is taken from her blog with permission

Making my way through Chevening scholarship application
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The Cycle of PhD-ing

We bring you this article, that high lights the toils of a PhD student. This focuses more on the relationship between the PhD student and his thesis supervisor.
Article was originally posted on Warwick Blog
I have an agreement with my supervisors that I hand i

n my work a week before supervision so they have time to comment and review. The day I have to hand it in is always clearly marked in my diary. For years now I don’t necessarily think in weeks or months, I think in supervision-to-supervision-periods. And the day I can hand in my work is the day I do what I do best: worry about what they are going to say. I know I am not alone in this. Many conversations with other PhD-students include the words supervisor, supervision, and revision. Surely, you know the sinking feeling when you find well-meant comments, all over what you thought was pretty decent writing.

I know what I want them to say. I just want them to say my work is brilliant. I want them to praise my ingenuity; I want them to be in awe of my genius. When they give me their comments I just want to see nothing other than little tick marks and scribbles saying ‘yes’, ‘good’, and ‘OK’. I want an overall message that I should never even think about changing anything in the text I wrote. Ever.

Everyone needs to dream!

In the real world I usually sit through two hours discussing their comments as they constructively point out every weakness in my work. Of course, there are some tick marks and some paragraphs have a scribbled ‘good’ next to it, but most of the document is drenched in comments. Sentences or words I worked hard to find are crossed out and rewritten. Although their overall comment usually mentions I have done well it is immediately followed with a general message of what needs to improve. And so far, I have not yet been called a genius. I know… shocking!

Rationally I know this is just how it works. I slave away for a few weeks, hand in my work and receive it back with comments to enhance what I have written and to develop my academic skills. It is the endless cycle, these are the inflexible pillars of the process of PhD-ing. But as hard as I try, I am not a very rational person. My emotions usually get in the way, until they take over entirely. I look at the comment-soaked pages and even though I tell myself this is what is supposed to happen, I cannot help but be a little sad… and a little irritated.

But as the PhD cycle restarts the moment I leave the professor’s office, I get back to work. I read every comment, edit the text, add bits here and delete sections there. And during my respectful approach, just once in a while I dare to cross off one of their comments as I mumble with great satisfaction: “That does not make sense”. As I move closer towards the day I have to hand in my work for the next supervision session, I realise that the piece I have been working on has indeed improved. The line of argument is now actually noticeable and the paragraphs are more focused and to the point.

I read through the text for the very last time and decide that it looks good. I press sent. Supervision is a week away. I try not to worry too much about what they will say and instead decide to try out one of those popular strategies to success: visualise your way to achieving your goals. As I stare into space I see myself walking into the office and even before I sit down they shower me with compliments. Do I hear you laughing? Never mind, for just one week I am allowing myself to dream my way to success. Soon enough supervision will do what it always does… put my feet firmly on solid ground. I guess visualising helps, but hard work will always remain the basis of PhD success.
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POSTGRADUATE STUDIES ABROAD: EXPECTATION VS REALITY

Deciding to study abroad is one of the most important decisions you will have made in you life so far. The truth is, living abroad is a wonderful experience, but it is often surrounded by numerous assumptions. While many of them are true, some are very

far from it. Only if you have a clear mind about the ‘expectations and realities’, you can make your abroad experience live up to its hype! Here we take a look at some of the assumptions about studying and living abroad – and what the reality may in fact be…

I’M GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS
In truth people rarely find a bunch of friends immediately after moving to a new place. Do not rush things, there is something people call a ‘culture shock’ and you will probably have to go through this period at the beginning of your new journey. In reality, the majority of students that move overseas for their studies make their first friendships with people from their home city or at least with those they share some common geographical ground with. It is long after that they step out of this comfort zone and allow themselves to interact with people who came from other parts of the world. It is a good idea to try and make contacts before you move to your new country.
I WILL SOUND LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER IN THREE MONTHS
Many researchers have pointed out to the fact that people can learn a language much, much easier if they are directly exposed to it. However, we are all aware that every language has many different dialects. So, if you are expecting that you will master the language quickly you are likely to be disappointed. You may be able to learn the language or even become fluent in it, but you will need much more than a couple months – or even a couple of years – to sound like a native. Additionally, studying abroad usually means being in contact with people from all over the world. Therefore you will be greatly exposed to other languages, which is amazing, but it is yet another reason why you will not be able to completely immerse in the language of the country you are residing in.
I WILL PARTY ALL THE TIME AND EVERY DAY WILL BE AN ADVENTURE
Sorry to say this, but as a postgrad student your studies will be more time consuming than you think – allowing little time for partying, and every day will not be an adventure unless you see the library as something adventurous. The main reason why you are abroad is to study and as a postgraduate student there will be many days that you’ll have to spend in the library. Although every postgraduate program is different, they all have one thing in common, you need to study a lot.

I WILL GET A JOB IMMEDIATELY AFTER I FINISH MY STUDIES

Everyone thinks that other countries work better than their own. Even though this is true sometimes, no country is the ‘perfect land of opportunities’. If you decide to study abroad, do not think that people will be waiting for you in front of the university right after you graduate to offer you a job. It is you who will have to run around and look for a job yourself. And in most cases, you would have to start as an intern and prove what you have learned.

I WILL HAVE THE TIME OF MY LIFE!

There is one expectation that makes you forget about all the challenges in an