…Calls on Nigerians to grab the opportunity to study abroad
By Simeon OSAJIE
It was an inciting time for prospective students looking forward to study in any of the universities in the United Kingdom (UK) during their meetings with representatives of Aston University, Birmingham, University Cambridge and University of Central Lancashire in Benin City, Edo State capital.
Recall, last two years, the Regional Manager of Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK), Babajide Ogundeji was in Benin City, Edo State capital to assist Nigerians looking forward to study in the Europe and the United States of America and eventually gained admission through the assistance of representatives of the Universities.
During this year’s meeting with prospective students looking forward to study in the United Kingdom, in Benin City, Edo State capital, the Regional Manager, Africa, Aston University, Birmingham, Babajide Ogundeji described this period as an exciting period for those willing to study in the United Kingdom, especially in Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom (UK).
The Regional Manager, Africa, Aston University, Birmingham, Babajide Ogundeji who is in Benin City with some representatives from other universities in the United Kingdom, urged the perspective students to change their minds from the popular word ‘japa’ as used by many individuals.
“We are in Benin City to meet with prospective students that are looking forward to study in the UK in September, 2023 and January, 2024. I am from Aston University. I am here to promote the Aston University brand in company of colleagues from other universities.
“Now is the exciting time in the UK, because of the post-study work Visa. So, it is the time for them to make that move. And more seriously, I would want them to change their mind set from this japa mentality.
“It’s not just japa. The world japa is negative; it means you just want to get away. So, if they want to study, they should come study to improve the quality of their lives and then to be ready for opportunities that present themselves after studies. So, not just japa.
“I want to encourage those who wish to study in the United Kingdom need to make the move in this period when post-study work Visa is offered,” he said.
Yewande Adewale is a representative of Central Lancashire University, United Kingdom (UK) during the meetings with perspective students.
While speaking to The9JaTREND with confidence, Yewande boasting that her school is well connected to link graduates to their dream in the United Kingdom and anywhere in the globe.
According to her, “I am here in Benin City to talk about the University of Central Lancashire. We are here to showcase the University and speak with students who are interested to come in to study for undergraduate, post-graduate or Ph.D into our university.
“University of Central Lancashire is located at North-West of England and one of the things that we find ourselves with is that our students support. We support our students at all levels. Most of our students do graduate with a First Class and we have good link with industry whereby they can get their dream jobs after graduation. I mean dreams Jobs in the UK and across the world.”
Leke Osinteli is a representative of Cambridge Education Group during the meetings with perspective students. He said University Cambridge offers undergraduate foundation and post masters, adding that his University cut across the world hence it offers prospective students opportunity to make good choice of the opportunity.
According to Leke, “We offer undergraduate foundation programme, and also pre-masters. So, the undergraduate foundation is for those students who just completed WAEC and wish to study abroad. And the pre-masters is for those who have completed their Bachelors or HND degrees and wish to study their masters abroad.”
Victoria Anozie is a mother who wish to send her kids abroad to study. She said her meeting with the representatives of the universities gave her the idea of what she wants. “I would want to advice parents to grab this opportunity. Something like this should be done often so that parents who want to send their kids abroad to study and grab the opportunity. Is a good one.”
Okpara Chinedu came all the way from Asaba, Delta State to meet with the representatives of the Universities.
According to Chinedu, “I saw the advert in online and some newspapers, so, I have to travel all the way from Asaba to Benin. My experience gave me the idea of what I seek for. They are friendly, I enjoyed it. I want to study in the UK, to be specific, post graduate in business management. So, I am happy the way they attend to me, and I am looking forward to study abroad.”