Iv been here 4 about 7 months and only met bout 2 Nigerian guys. i met a few nurses though.
We really enjoyed Barbados during our short visits. I have visited quite a few islands in the Eastern/Southern and Western caribbean Islands. I would not mind working for a US based IT consulting company that has short contracts (say 3 - 6 months at a time) there. Have family here, so can't be gone for too long at a time. It's good to know that there are some Nigerians there. I actually met a couple of Nigerians when we vacationed in Antigua (another very beautiful Southern Caribbean Island) early this year.
Oh really?? But if they were major oil producers or whatever like Nigeria, am pretty sure i would have heard about it. Anyway, i'll goggle and check that claim out later.
Yeah,maybe am just prejudiced or something. But i am with dnative on this - I just do not see why 8k/higher should go into a west indie degree.
That in my own opinion is totally uncalled for. All dnative stated was his own candid/insightful opinion and i can't help but see reason with him.
While i am not going to be drawn into an arguement about the quality or otherwise of Nigeria's university education system, be informed that the system has produced so many graduates that are doing excellently well in their chosen fields but locally and internationally.
I'm guessing that you intend pursuing a postgraduate degree in the oil and gas sector.
Well, thats another reason why you should see things a bit from dnative's perspective and put your 8k into good use. Last time i checked, oil companies considered those with postgraduate degrees from universities that are widely respected for their oil and gas related degrees.
Have you thought about the career prospects in west indies? Or you think you can get a very good job offer in a company in say UK or Naija with such degree when such companies have their heads full on deciding the number of graduates to employ from schools like RGU?
Wow! There are actually some Nigerians is Barbados? It's one of the bigger Caribbean islands. Frequented mostly by British and American tourists. I have been there with my family twice while on vacation. Our cruise ship had a stop over there. On both occasions, we just hit one of the beaches and did a mini tour of the island. Very beautiful island with lots of beaches. I was just there in March.
I will not advice anyone to go there with the hope of getting a job though. The locals are considered first. Even Americans and British must have extremely rare qualifications to be able to get a job there. Besides, the #1 source of revenue there, like most other islands, is tourism.
You just spoke your mind and i really appreciate that,if i want to throw my 8,9 or even 100k is none of your bissss, ,i have done my feasibilty studies well.So thanks once again for your contibution.
i really appreciate you guys eye opening on dnative,he seems to be in total darkness by comparing Nigeria universities with caribeans,he should be comparing Nigeria university with those in Sudan and Togo, to be honest with you.
Do you know that i studied Petroleum Engineering for five years without doing any practical work on it,everything was theoretical,no reasearch work,unquailified tutors,some of them i even know better than.
I will be working towards my career objectives nomatter what anybody says,anything my mind conceive is always go to go!
dnative, I do not agree with you one bit, comparing UWI to the best Uni in Nigeria doesn't make sense. There are no universities in Nigeria, the best Uni OAU is ranked between 4000 and 5000 in the world,and the third in Nigeria uniben is somewhere around 8000, that's why some Nigerian graduates go to Usa to become taxi drivers. Employers know admission in 9ja is do or die, our lecturers can be bribed, u can buy 2.1 even in unilag. While some of these south American uni's are in the top 1000 better than some uni's even in the uk. There is another in isreal, which is highly reputable worldwide, an institute in Indian supplies Usa with software engineers, university of helsinki, finland is among the best in the world, so it's not about specific countries, usa, canada and uk only. It's about quality. I'd choose university of ghana and university of cape town over any in 9ja.
I'm presuming that he's not able to go to the UK or US for studying which is why he's considering the West Indies option. WI degrees might be acceptable to UN and some other world organisations but my emphasis is that if this guy intends to work in Nigeria he should do his due diligence on the acceptability of WI degrees to Nigerian employers. Would they give these a higher regard over a PG degree from Unilag or OAU for instance?Not asking him to pay 8k for a school in Nigeria. My suggestion was that he go to a top school in nigeria. Unilag, UI, OAU, Uniben, UniCal still offers PG studies which he could get for far more cheaper fees and he could use his 8k for something else.
International companies rush students with a second class upper here. Im quick to condemn, but if theres something i commend them for here, its the tertiary education. @ Roland the University processes the student visas for you as soon as you resume, so thats no problem. If you are legal, the caribbean is yours to tour, and maybe short visits to the states. the application process is not too complicated as well. U av no problems.
The QUALITY of education in Barbados is FAR much better than what obtains in Nigeria, from Primary school to University Level. The University of West Indies have lots of Researchers and lecturers working as Consultants for so many US and UN organisations and they are world class. Which is the top school in Nigeria you are asking him to burn his £8k ? He could rather use his £8K and pay for his first year in UK and get a job to off-set the associated costs. Barbados is a harsh place to live for foreigners because the cost of living is very expensive and very few jobs to go round.Most residents usually ask visitors to bring foodstuff from abroad to them due to the cheap cost. As an ex-british colony Barbados still maintains the high UK educational standards. My nephews are on scholarship from the Barbados Govt there and they are much better products than your average Nigerian students. Globalisation has made education abroad a bit more interesting,its not just about schooling in UK or US as lots of Eastern European and South American countries (including the Caribbeans) have very high standards of University education with lecturers from all over the world. I have lots of friends schooling in Ukraine and Czech Rep on scholarship for Phd courses by the host countries. If Nigeria does not recognise the foreign qualifications thats their loss, at least they are better than all those State and private Universities that have been accredited by NUC by borrowing facilities from each other.
my guy - why you go wan pay 6,000 to 8,000 pounds for a masters degree in barbados. How acceptable are these degrees in nigeria (except you don't intend to use it to work in naija) and the guy on ground has just told you, no work there o especially for west africans. shine your eyes before you drop that cash.
Depending on your course of study, in my own opinion, if you have up to 8k pounds to burn, why not pursue your master's degree in a top school in nigeria. Until I'm proved wrong, except you are in the tourism or hospitality industry, I don't see rationale in going to pay that much for a masters degree in the WI. Or except you are just looking at studying anywhere else but Nigeria. My 2 cents.
Thanks very much sammy,
I will works towards that,i have seen a nice course in that school which i should have been completing if the British high commission here in Nigeria granted me visa last year when i applied for my Msc Program.
I hope you will be of a great help to me when i commence the application process cous they have close for this yr session,please do i need a visa for my study?is it difficult to secure their student visa ? can i easily travel to another country expecially europe or america during schools holliday if my papers are correct.
Thanks for coperations.
The education is superb and the environment is perfect for quality studying. The only problem is that its really difficult for a foreigner from our part of the world to establish here. Extremely difficult to get a good job too as they have one of those governments that put citizens first. Your living costs can be quite expensive as well as your education. There's just one University here- The University of the West Indies. Tuition and economic costs should vary between 12000 and 17000usd depending on your program. Businesses that can thrive here are limited so your business' survival depends mostly on its nature and its capital. You should expect the usual african bias when you come- especially west Africans. The economy is most likely to generate returns on your investments in the long run if you decide to establish. It is best however, to focus on the education and maybe get a part-time job. The schooling here needs a lot of your time, and as much as possible, it would be nice for the few Nigerians here to get all the best grades. Its a good destination for fun and studies generally. www.cavehill.uwi.edu
i will like to come and study in Barbados,can you hint me on their school system,Environment whether friendly or not? and what i should be expecting while studying there.
Also how is there economy,can i have something doing while studying?,if i come in with some money,can i invest in a business that will give me a good return,bacause i will be coming for master degree not undergraduate!
Hope to hear from asap.
Barbados is visa free for Nigerians visiting for less than a month. Depending on your airline, you might need a transit visa. Most airlines fly through England so a UK transit visa might be needed. No direct flights from Nigeria yet. If you have a valid UK visa, it's ok. If you don't, the UK transit visas are very easy to secure and they are the cheapest. A flight to Barbados during peak periods are between $us2200-2500, non peak periods $1700-2000. Lengthy stays might be very costly. Overall, its a trip to make. I'll advise you use the british embassy in Ibadan for the transit visas if you have none.