Being the most populated country in Africa, Nigeria faces numerous institutional challenges in the aspect of education. For those who have the ambition of going into higher learning, while there are many alternatives open, there also exist numerous challenges like lack of seats, teachers, funding.
However, as a Nigerian, or foreigner looking to enroll in universities in Nigeria, there is a list of options for you, online education whereby you earn your degree online is also an alternative.
Challenges For Students In Nigeria Going To Universities
The country faces challenges despite an eager population who enroll in school to study and earn their higher degree and therefore the need for reform. Few of the challenges faced by
Nigerian institutions for higher education are:
- Infrastructure: A limited number of the population has access to classrooms, libraries, workshops, and labs, while the rest are left behind.
- Poor Quality: Due to the low supply of teachers, the quality of higher education is said to be below, and there is inadequate funding for technology and necessary resources.
- Low Funding: Funding has been one of the biggest problems facing university education in Nigeria, low funding usually results in low salaries for staff, as well as a lack of money for resources.
Nigeria has many private and public universities despite the numerous challenges. Private universities are estimated to cost $2,700, while public universities cost an estimated sum of $125-500.
They are some of the best universities in Nigeria that have been accredited, offering bachelor’s or master’s in the mainland of Lagos
1. University of Lagos:
This great institution is located in Lagos and it was established in the year 1962, UNILAG as it is popularly called has three campuses in the mainland of Lagos, two in Ayaba Lagos, the main campus located at Akoka, and the recently created campus at the formal school of radiography when it comes to landmass, UNILAG has 802 acres of land, and currently admits ver 9,000 undergraduate students. it is made up of science, Medical sciences, business administration, clinical sciences, dental sciences, education, engineering, environmental sciences, law, social sciences, art.
2. University of Ilorin:
Unilorin as it is popularly called was established by a Decreeof the Federal Military Government in August 1975. It has over 15,000 hectares of land making it the institution that has the highest landmass in Nigeria. Due to their easy admission rate, unilorin happens to be one of the universities in Nigeria that gives most of its aspirants admission hereby giving most Nigerians opportunity for higher learning. Unilorin offers courses like; Agriculture, communication art, health sciences, environmental sciences, physical, veterinary medicine, social science, engineering, and technology, etc.
3. Obafemi Awolowo University(Ile Ife)
Obafemi Awolowo is a federal government university that was founded in 1961 in the ancient city of ILE IFE Osun state. Originally it was called University of Ife as time progresses it was changed to Obafemi Awolowo Universityon 12 May 1987 in honor of Chief Obafemi Awolowo (1909–1987).they offer faculties like; Administration, art, education, environmental management, basic medical science, clinical sciences, dentistry, social sciences, technology law, management, agriculture.
4. University of Nigeria( Nsukka):
The University of Nigeria Nsuka is a federal university that was situated in Nsuka Enugu State in the year 1955, by Nnamdi Azikiwe, it is also the first full-fledged indigenous and first autonomous university in Nigeria. in the light of modern discovery, UNN has three campuses in Enugu state.
It has been discovered that UNN has 15 Faculties and 102 academic departments, it offers 108 undergraduate programs and 211 postgraduate programs indeed UNN is the five most reputable universities in Nigeria. It offers the following faculties: Environmental studies, pharmaceutical sciences, theatre art, dermatology.
5. Federal University of Technology Minna:
This Institution was founded in 1983 and has faculties like life sciences, environmental technology, agriculture, entrepreneurship, and management technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, and management technology.
6. Rivers State University of Science and Technology(portharcourt):
River state university was founded in the year 1980 they have faculties like Engineering, science education, law, agriculture, environmental science, management science.
7. Landmark University( Omu Aran):
Landmark University was founded in 2011, and has faculties like Engineering, agriculture, business, and social sciences.
8. Covenant University(Ota):
Covenant University was founded in 2002 and offers faculties like Postgraduate studies, science and technology, engineering, leadership development studies, business, and social science.
9. University of Ibadan(Ibadan):
this Unique institution was founded in 1948 and Has faculties like Veterinary medicine, social science, law, pharmacy, environmental design and management, education, agriculture, technology, science, arts, renewable natural resources.
10. Ahmadu Bello University(Zaria)
Ahmadu Bello University was founded in 1962 It offers the following faculties agriculture, arts, veterinary medicine, pharmaceutical science, medicine, law, administration, environmental design, engineering, education, social science.
Opportunity To Study Abroad
Nigerians students who are willing to attend university outside their home country, there are vacancies to study abroad at any university of choice. There are opportunities open in countries like the USA, UK, Australia, Canada, etc., studying in universities abroad comes with huge benefits, although there are challenges individuals have to face.
Those who study abroad have experience in the following areas:
⦁ Those who study abroad are opportune to establish a connection with the majority of people all over the world. The relationship will be far different from what one is used to in his or her home country.
⦁ Those who study abroad have the opportunity of learning a new language which helps them gain greater opportunities.
⦁ Cost: Studying abroad can be expensive as it will require payment in hard currency, not only school fees but also accommodation and other essentials, the travel fee of getting to the destination cannot be exempted as it is part of the course.