Nigerian Students and the 'Allure' of Foreign (UK) Education: A Curious Reflection

African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER) Vol. 8, Nos. 2&3, 2013, pp. 101-118

18 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2013

See all articles by Nnamdi O. Madichie

Nnamdi O. Madichie

School of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee

Edward Madichie

BethAri Nigeria Limited

Date Written: December 21, 2013

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to highlight the duality in the appeal of UK higher education degrees vis-à-vis the poor perception of African degrees (notably the Nigerian degree). We relied upon an online focus group of African academics and professionals outside the UK, in a bid to provide deeper insights on the problems and reasons why Nigerian students opt to study overseas - notably in the UK. Key questions discussed with our respondents revolved around the allure of foreign (UK) education, the challenges of higher education infrastructure/ resources, employability concerns, and the growing security issues in the Nigerian higher education (HE) landscape. Finally we provide policy prescriptions in the light of recent developments in the UK HE sector - notably the “London Metropolitan University (i.e. LondonMet) saga,” - whose licence was recently revoked and immigrant visa powers stripped by the UK Borders Agency.

Keywords: Overseas study, UK higher education, International student market, Nigerian students

JEL Classification: N37, N34, O10, O55

Suggested Citation

Madichie, Nnamdi O. and Madichie, Edward, Nigerian Students and the 'Allure' of Foreign (UK) Education: A Curious Reflection (December 21, 2013). African Journal of Business and Economic Research (AJBER) Vol. 8, Nos. 2&3, 2013, pp. 101-118. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2370757

Nnamdi O. Madichie (Contact Author)

School of Business, Law and Social Sciences, University of Abertay, Dundee ( email )

Bell Street
Dundee, DD1
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.abertay.ac.uk/schools/school-of-business-law-and-social-sciences/

Edward Madichie

BethAri Nigeria Limited

34 Ikem Street
Abakpa Nike
Enugu
Nigeria

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