Kperogi warns on foreign varsities
A lecturer with Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia, United States, Dr. Farooq Kperogi, has warned Nigerian applicants against universities abroad which offer diverse courses that are not accredited by regional bodies.
He gave the warning at the weekend while speaking on Daily Trust live stream interview on Facebook, where he responded to viewers’ questions on opportunities for studies in the United States.
Kperogi said the strategy for getting admission into postgraduate programmes include looking up the professors in the target faculty and obtaining their approval for the research areas the applicant had in mind before formally applying for the programme.
He said: “You may have a great score and excellent recommendation, but when you propose a topic that no one has the expertise to supervise, no one will give you the admission because you may not graduate.”
Responding to a question on the process of getting PhD admission in the United States, he said if no professor has any research in a field related to what the applicant wants to explore, there is no need to apply to such institution.
He added that to study in the US, a candidate needs to pass Graduate Record Exam (GRE) which comprise verbal reasoning, grammar, logic quantitative part (Mathematics) and analytical writing.
On tuition fees, he said students should always apply for financial assistance when applying for a Master’s degree, saying PhD candidates are usually given tuitionfree admission, but would be required to work on campus for free in order to qualify for such subsidized research programmes.
However, for undergraduate admissions, candidates are required to demonstrate their capacity to meet financial obligations when being considered.
Answering questions from holders of the Higher National Diploma (HND) who would like to study for higher degrees in the US, Kperogi said to be admitted, their transcripts would be evaluated by the professional body vested with the powers to establish the relevance of the courses they did during the HND programmes to see if they align with US undergraduate qualifications.
In rating Nigerian institutions, he said any accredited university in the US is better than Nigeria’s best universities.
Reacting to why Nigerian students who failed to get admission in Nigeria excel in the US, he said, the demand for university education in Nigeria overwhelmed the number of universities the country had, adding that Nigerian students excel there because there are better facilities than are obtainable in Nigeria.