Nigerian Students Studying in UK Reaches New High: What’s Driving This Trend?
According to official data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the number of Nigerian students studying in the United Kingdom (UK) rose to a record high of 44,195 in the 2021/2022 academic year. This represents an increase of 107.4% from the previous year.
With Nigeria ranking third behind China and India in the top ten international students list, experts attribute this growing trend to the UK’s intellectual capacity and its need for affordable labor to grow its economy.
Jennifer Oyelade, director at Transquisite Consulting, noted that UK universities get funding based on the performance of their students, which means that the more Nigerian students come and excel, the more money the universities receive.
Meanwhile, Adewale Adetona, co-founder at Menopays, argued that the UK sees attracting global talent as a significant way to further develop its economy.
The UK has become a global talent magnet by being a top study choice for Nigerian students. When compared to other countries, an analysis of Nigerian student enrollment data shows that the UK has a higher number of Nigerian students than the US, Canada, and Australia combined.
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union in 2020 created a lot of job vacancies at the middle and low levels of the economy, leading the country to focus its attention on other countries with large youth demographics, including India, Brazil, and Nigeria.
To attract these countries, the UK updated its International Education Strategy in 2021, which aims to increase the value of its education exports to £35 billion ($48 billion) and host at least 600,000 international students annually by 2030.
The strategy includes the Graduate route, which allows eligible students to stay in the UK to work or look for work for up to two years (three years if studying at the PhD level) after completing a degree in the UK. Other strategies include high potential individual visas, global talent visas, and scale-up visas.
Despite the slow growth in international student numbers in the past due to migration restrictive policies, the British government’s updated education strategy has resulted in achieving the minimum 600,000 target in 2021, as the total number of international students reached 605,130 and 679,970 in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
MTN Nigeria Opens Application For Undergraduate Scholarship Award
MTN scholarships foundation has opened applications for undergraduate scholarship awards.
The scholarship is part of its Youth Development Cause, which provides an annual platform for recognizing and rewarding dedicated, high-performing students across Nigerian Public Tertiary institutions.
The MTN scholarship is open to two categories of students, one is for undergraduate students in Science and Technology-related courses and the other is for blind students in any field of study.
Scholarship for Blind Students (SBS) is open to 200 and 300-level visually impaired students studying any course in Nigerian public tertiary institutions, which include (Universities, Polytechnics, and colleges of Education).
Speaking on the scholarship, the executive secretary of MTN Foundation, Odunayo Sanya said,
“We believe in the creativity and resilience of the Nigerian youth. They have the potential to change the world and put Nigeria on the global map in positive ways as we can already see. The role of quality education in empowering the youth for exploits cannot be over-emphasized. We are glad to stand with them through the MTN scholarships”.
MTN Science and Technology Scholarship (STS):
• The application is open to students who have completed their second semester 200 level examinations going to 300 level and students currently in their 300 level as we understand that the academic calendar is not aligned across all public tertiary institutions,
The MTN Scholarship for Blind Students (SBIs):
The application is open to 200 & 300-level blind students in any Nigerian Public Tertiary Institution (Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of Education). However, for blind students studying Law, which is a 5 years course, only 300 level students can apply for the MTN Scholarship.
The MN Science and Technology Scholarship (STS):
•STEM Students in Public Universities and Colleges of Education must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) score of 3.0/4 or 3.5/5 (second class upper credit)
• STEM Students in Public Polytechnics must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CPA) of 3.0 (upper credit) from the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Program and must have secured admission into the Higher National Diploma (HND) Program.
• Direct Entry level STEM students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (upper credit) From the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) program and must have secured admission into 300 level/3rd year in a Public University.
MTN Scholarship for Blind Students (SBS):
• Blind Students in Universities or Colleges of Education must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5
•Blind Students in Public Polytechnics must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 from the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) Program and must have secured admission into the Higher National Diploma (HND) Program.
How Applicants Can Apply For The Scholarship
Eligible and qualified candidates should visit www.mtn.ng/scholarships to apply before June 18, 2023.
Investors King understands that MTN Foundation scholarships which are a part of MTN’s Youth Development Cause, have supported students financially throughout their university education and career progression. It has also provided valuable training and insights for their professional qualifications.
128,770 Nigerian Students Enrolled in Universities in The UK Between 2015-2022
Recent data obtained from the Higher Education statistics agency revealed that 128,770 Nigerian students enrolled in Universities in the UK between 2015-2022.
In the 2015/2016 academic session, up to 16,100 Nigerians enrolled in Universities in the UK, while during the 2016/2017 session, the number declined to 12,655.
In the 2017/2018 academic session, the number further declined to 10,685, while in 2018/2019 there was a little increase with 10,810 students enrolling in U.K universities. In the 2020/21 academic year, 21,305 Nigerian students were enrolled at UK universities.
The 2021/2022 academic session saw a massive surge in the enrollment of Nigerian students in the UK, with 44,195 students. This figure was reported to be the highest so far since Nigeria’s independence in 1960.
The massive migration of Nigerian citizens to the U.K has been an issue of great concern for the Nigerian government as several experts in the country have attributed the government’s poor policies as a major factor for Nigerians seeking opportunities abroad.
Meanwhile, in a recent development, the United Kingdom authorities have announced a new restriction that may restrain Nigerian students, and others from bringing their families to the UK.
The crackdown would see all masters students as well as postgraduate students banned from bringing their families to the U.K. However, the ban would not apply to Ph.D. students, whose courses are usually between 3 to 5 years.
This latest move by the UK government is coming after the number of immigrants skyrocketed to 1 million with the country’s ministers asking prime minister Rishi Sunak to get a grip on the surging numbers.
They disclosed that individuals migrating to the UK have been taking advantage of their relative student data as reports revealed that in 2019, students brought 135,788 family members to the UK. In 2022, reports reveal that Nigerian students reportedly brought over 60,923 relatives.
Investors King understands that In October 2020, the UK introduced a student visa to open up its borders to more international students.
The UK student visa allowed family members to apply for immigration as dependants. Holders of a student visa, including full-time postgraduate scholars and some other special cases, are allowed to list a spouse, a partner, or a child under 18 as dependants.
Nigerian students however saw this policy as a golden opportunity to immigrate to the UK with their families. UK Immigration revealed that Nigerians of all ages and employment statuses took advantage of this opportunity. Among all nationalities, Nigerians represented the largest relative increase in sponsored study visa grants.
For many, it offered an escape from Nigeria’s economic woes, including record-high inflation, and a crippled education system.
How to Check Your 2023 UTME Results on JAMB Portal
If you’re a Nigerian student who recently wrote the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), you’re probably anxious to check your results.
Fortunately, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made the process simple. In this article, we’ll guide you on how to check your 2023 UTME results on JAMB’s portal.
Step by Step How to Check Your 2023 Jamb Result
Step 1: Visit the JAMB Portal To check your results, visit JAMB’s official portal at https://www.jamb.gov.ng. Once on the homepage, click on “2023 UTME Results” under the “Quick Links” section.
Step 2: Provide your Registration Number You’ll be redirected to a new page where you’ll be required to provide your UTME registration number. Enter the number in the space provided.
Step 3: Click on “Check Result” After entering your registration number, click on the “Check Result” button. Your 2023 UTME result will be displayed on the screen.
Step 4: Print your Result If you’re satisfied with your result, you can print it out for future reference. To do this, click on the “Print Result” button located at the top right corner of the page.
It’s that simple! With these easy steps, you can check your 2023 UTME results on JAMB’s portal. It’s important to note that only candidates who are not under any of the categories excluded by JAMB would have a returned result.
Therefore, if you receive the response “YOU WERE ABSENT, RESCHEDULED OR UNDER INVESTIGATION,” you’ll need to contact JAMB for further instructions.
Checking your 2023 UTME results on JAMB’s portal is a straightforward process. Ensure that you have your UTME registration number handy, and follow the steps outlined in this article.
Good luck with your results, and we wish you success in your future academic pursuits.
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