Kper­ogi warns on for­eign var­si­ties

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

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.

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