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Forex crisis: Nigerian students abroad apply to home universities June 18, 2016

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Many Nigerian students studying abroad have been seeking transfer to Nigerian universities to complete their education at home because of the scarcity of foreign exchange.

Saturday PUNCH gathered that the students were forced to take the decision following the huge exchange rate which many parents could no longer afford.

Some of the students told Saturday PUNCH that they would prefer to return to the country to complete their studies, instead of going through difficulties and long waits for forex that is no longer available to them at the appropriate time.

An Ogun State indigene, Babatunde Agboola, who is studying in the United States, told one of our correspondents that he and some of his friends had agreed to return to Nigeria to complete their studies.

“The message we keep on receiving from home every day is that dollar is scarce and this is affecting our education,” Agboola said.

Asked which way the scarcity of the dollar was affecting them, he simply said, “In all areas. We need to buy food and sometimes books, but when there is no money to buy them, automatically we will be affected. So, it is better we return to Nigeria to complete our studies.”

A large number of Nigerian students are studying abroad, mainly in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, among others.

A 2015 report by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, the United States, claimed that 9,494 students from Nigeria were admitted in the 2014/15 academic session, making Nigeria the leading source of students from Africa and the 15th largest country worldwide among international students in the US.

Nigerian universities, especially the private ones,  have however, expressed interest in providing spaces for willing students interested in their respective institutions.

The universities assured the concerned students of standard learning facilities like those found in tertiary institutions abroad.

For instance, Babcock University said it was interested in accepting transfer students.

It  allayed the fears of concerned parents who could not afford expensive forex and urged them to seek placements for their children in the institution.

The university also promised interested students world-class learning facilities.

It listed integration of international professional certifications into academic programmes and well structured and uninterrupted academic programmes, among others, as some of the benefits interested students were bound to enjoy.

A senior official of Babcock University told one of our correspondents on the telephone that many  foreign students had been seeking transfer to the institution.

He said the opportunity was open to Nigerians who actually left the country to school abroad and those who were born there.

The official said, “It is surprising that many parents said their children would not have completed their education abroad, but for the opportunity created by Babcock University to assist stranded students.

“So many people have been coming to us to seek advice on how to handle their transfer. All they need to do is to apply and come with their transcripts.

“The opportunity is open to every interested person, including Nigerians born abroad, but interested in continuing their education in Nigeria.”

When asked how the standard of the certificates of those born abroad could be determined in Nigeria, the official said, “That one is not a problem; there is a way we usually grade the certificates.”

Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, has admitted a few of the students who sought transfer from abroad to the institution.

A senior official of the institution, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said, “One student was admitted into one of the social sciences departments, he came from one of the foreign universities to complete his studies here. He requested for transfer and he was offered.”

The Registrar, Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Alhaja Rasheedat Oladimeji, expressed the hope that the university would record influx of foreign transfer of students.

She, however, stated that the university had just started admission for the next academic session and was hopeful that some foreign students would seek transfer to the institution.

The spokesperson for Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Mr. Afeez Olaniyi, said the institution was prepared to accept returnee foreign students.

“We will be glad to receive them. Yes, we do accept foreign students if they meet the requirements. We have been accepting over the years,” he said.

The Admissions Officer of Redeemer’s University, Ede, Osun State, Mr. Adewale Ayewole, also said the institution would gladly receive any returnee student, stating, “If they have the right qualification, we will accept them. If the course the student wants to study is run in our school, we will accept them.”

Asked if the institution had been receiving requests from overseas students, Ayewole asked Saturday PUNCH to forward an email to the school’s registrar. However, the registrar had yet to respond to the request as of the time of publishing this story.

But an official of Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, said the institution doesn’t accept foreign students.

He said, “If the concerned students have passports, they will be admitted as international students, but they cannot serve in the National Youth Service Corps scheme after the completion of their programmes. They have to go abroad for their Master’s before they can serve.

“However, if the students do not have passports, they have to write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and be admitted like any other local student.”

Though it has been receiving transfer requests from Nigerians studying abroad, an official of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, said the school does not accept such requests because of its “peculiar” curriculum.

The official said, “As far as Covenant University is concerned, we don’t admit students into 200 Level or any other higher level. They must start from the scratch because of the peculiarity of our curriculum. If we are to admit them as they are requesting, we will somehow alter our curriculum which we don’t do. Such a student must seek admission afresh by taking the UTME.”

Meanwhile, some parents whose children are schooling abroad have said that their final year students have been engaging in menial jobs, among other means, to sustain themselves.

A parent, Mrs. Abigail Ademuyiwa, whose son is studying in the University of Kyiv, Ukraine, stated that her son was in the final year, but had been seeking scholarship to complete his education following her inability to send money to him.

She said “Since last year that the foreign exchange has affected the naira, the money I have been sending to him is no longer enough to take care of him, but he told me that he had been seeking scholarship there to complete his education, apart from engaging in menial jobs to cater for himself. He will graduate this year.”

A man, Alhaji Ahmed Sani, said he would have loved to bring his 21-year-old son from Ghana to complete his education at home, but he was constrained because he was in his final year.

Sani said, “The tuition I paid in his first two years was not up to what I paid after the forex crisis. Before, I used to pay N200, 000 per session, but I now pay N400, 000.

“If not because he is in his final year, I would have loved to bring him back to complete his education at home.”

He, however, told one of correspondents that two of his friends whose children still had more than two academic sessions to complete their studies had sought placements for them in Nigerian universities.

A Minna-based businessman, Alhaji Jebo Mohammed, lamented that it had not been easy for him to access forex to fund his children’s education abroad.

Mohammed, however, said in spite of the forex crisis, he would endeavour to ensure that they finished their education abroad. “It is a commitment and task that must be done,” he said.

The Vice-Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Prof. Ayandiji Daniel Aina, said though his university had yet to receive applications from students seeking transfer from abroad, it was logical for parents who could no longer afford their children’s tuition because of the forex crisis to bring them back home for the completion of their studies.

Asked if his university would admit such students if they sought to transfer to the school, Aina said, “They are welcome, but we are not basing our readiness to admit them on the forex crisis.”

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UNIBEN Post UTME / Admission Screening Form is Out – 2016/2017

This is to notify the public that University of Benin (UNIBEN) conducts her Post-UTME/admission screening for admission into the University for the 2016/2017 Academic Session on following scheduled date and venues:

Date: will take place between 27th June, 2016 to 9th, July 2016

Venue: Within Ugbowo Campus of the University

The Screening Exercise shall be Computer Based. All candidates are expected to be seated, latest one hour before the stipulated time for the screening exercise.

Candidates Eligible for UNIBEN Admission Screening.

Only candidates who applied through JAMB for UTME Admission and chose University of Benin as First Choice and scored 200 and above are eligible for this Screening Exercise.

UNIBEN Post UTME Application Procedures.

Candidates are advised to have a valid e-mail account before starting the application process.

1.Visit www.uniben.edu
2.Click on Student Portal
3.Click on Register for application at the top left of the display page to proceed.
4.Enter your Surname exactly as written on the JAMB Registration slip and your JAMB Registration Number immediately, your ID and Password will be displayed on the browser.
5. On the https://uniben.waeup.org click on ‘Login’ (top right of front page).
6. Enter your Username and the password to login.
7.To start the application process, please click on ‘Application record’, provide all required information and upload your passport photograph.
8.Upload a RECENT and CLEAR “1×1” COLOUR PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH WITH RED BACKGROUND IN JPEG FORMAT ONLY.  NOTE that the photograph uploaded will be the only valid ID for all admitted candidates throughout their stay in the University of Benin.  FAILURE TO UPLOAD THE SPECIFIED PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH WILL LEAD TO DISQUALIFICATION and failure/forfeitures of admission.
9.To pay for the Application, click on “Add online payment ticket” at the bottom of the page, then click on “College Pay” on the top left corner of the page, follow the instruction to pay the application fee of  N 2,000:00; (The fee excludes other charges), the admission screening exercise past questions for N1,000:00 (optional); excluding Interswitch and Portal Services charges with an ATM-Enabled Verve or Master Card from any Commercial Bank
10.A link is displayed “Download past questions to practice.
11.Preview and confirm your information before submitting your application online.   (No correction will be accepted after the closing date).
12.Print out an acknowledgement slip that contains the screening schedule.

UNIBEN Post UTME Grouping of Courses and Time.

Print out an acknowledgement slip that contains the screening schedule.

The Grouping of Courses for Screening

GROUP 1
Social Sciences
Management Sciences
Education – Social Sciences
Education – Management Sciences
Mathematics and Economics
Statistics

GROUP 2
Engineering
Physical Sciences
Education – Physical Sciences
Technical Education

GROUP 3
Medicine
Dentistry
Basic Medical Sciences
Pharmacy
Life Sciences
Education Life Sciences
Agriculture

GROUP 4
Law
Arts
Education Arts

Candidates should go back on-line on 25th June, 2016 to check for the Day, Venue and Time for the Screening
NOTE that GSM phones and calculators are NOT allowed.

Closing Date:
Application website closes by 22nd, June 2016 (i.e. all applications must be concluded online not later than 22nd June, 2016).  Candidates, who pay after the deadline of Midnight 22nd June, 2016 will not be Screened.

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