Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts

Monday, 11 May 2015

Associate Membership Via Scholarship & Consulting Job Offer

Study with us online through Scholarship and be professionally qualified as Associate Member in just one month with offer of consulting job for interested candidates.

Friday, 1 May 2015

Nigerian Education: A National Failure By Terfa Naswem

The university is an institution where the highest academic qualification is obtained. It is also an institution that is supposed to prepare graduates for the professional needs of a complex and technological society.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Laureate College revives interest in science education

Nigeria is, at present, witnessing a steady decline in the study of sciences across all levels of education. But the management of Laureates College, Aviation Estate, Lagos State, has taken this worrisome situation seriously by organizing a science exhibition for selected primary schools in the state.

The Sun ED relives experience, inspires UNN students

Frontline journalist and Executive Director, Corporate Services, The Sun Publishing Ltd, Mr Steve Nwosu, is often seen as a master of satire and witty writing.  When news filtered in that he would deliver the lecture during the two-day ‘Dialogue on Communication’, an annual event organised by the Department of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), both staff and students went into frenzy.

Friday, 14 November 2014

UNN 3rd Batch Supplementary Admission List for 2014/2015 Session Is Out

The University of NIGERIA Nsukka (UNN) has published the 2nd batch Supplementary Admission List of candidates offered provisional admission into her various first degree programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Nigerian bags $350,000 Bill Gates Millennium scholarship

Oloruntobi Dare, a Nigerian student of Hubert Flowers High School is one of the 1000 beneficiaries to win the coveted Bill Gates Millennium scholarship worth $350,000. Oluwatobi who is a naturalized American has shown a regular display of talent and brains since her pre-school in the USA.

Friday, 7 November 2014

UNN 2nd batch Supplementary Admission List for 2014/2015 Session Is Out

The University of NIGERIA Nsukka (UNN) has published the 2nd batch Supplementary Admission List of candidates offered provisional admission into her various first degree programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session.

Friday, 31 October 2014

UNN Supplementary & Direct Entry Admission List 2014/2015 is Out

The University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) has published the Supplementary and Direct Entry (DE) Admission List of candidates offered provisional admission into her various first degree programmes for the 2014/2015 academic session.

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

University Of Austin, Texas To Offer Course On Beyonce & Rihanna

Courses on celebrities have long been offered in universities, and now University of Austin, Texas is introducing a new one.

The course is titled “Beyoncé Feminism, Rihanna Womanism” and will begin in the school’s 2015-spring semester.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

The Quality of a Good Politician in a Democratic Society

My little Oxford dictionary defines politician as “person engaged or interested in politics” and politics as “science and art of government; political affairs or life or principles etc.” Politics consists of “social relations involving authority and power”. A politician is defined as one who is actively involved in politics or one who holds or seeks a political office. A politician is an individual who is involved in influencing public policy and decision making in government. Politicians play a central role in our lives. They are the concentrated voices of the people that make all efforts to improve their constituencies and peoples' welfare. Good and dependable politicians are delight to serve the people and consider themselves as servants and people their paymasters. They represent the hopes, aspirations and the interests of every citizen in the state. The government instituted among men is the elected representatives who are also known as the politicians. These politicians are required to implement social reforms and policy measures that contribute to the general welfare of the populace.

A politician's qualities are his characters that are natural, while some of the qualities are as a result of external influences. Promising politicians qualities are often backed by skills, experiences, intelligence, integrity, with instincts -all combined together to achieve their goals. First and foremost, the best quality of a politician is honesty, God fearing and loving. A faithful and effective politician is trustworthy and reliable. He must capture the essence of truth, display sincerity, candour and practices what he preaches. He makes decisions and accepts responsibility for his actions and his words. The same is true in his dealing with his people. He makes promises and keeps those promises. Somebody that people may be relied upon. Loving people with all his heart, might, mind, soul and striving to help them as a true mark of responsible politician.

Moreover, a fake politician, will after taking the oath of office with the Holy book and lousy thanksgiving services, use their power as an end in itself, rather than for public good, making them indifferent to the progress of their citizens. A good politician becomes the image of his creator. A good and responsible politician will give high regard for morality, law abiding with no tendencies to corrupt even a single cent or kobo. The greatest strength of good politicians is deriving joy in serving people and not to steal tax payers money. They know that a fulfilling and meaningful life is created through service to others. To be an effective politician, your followers must have trust in you. And the very best way for a politician to build trust is to display good sense of characters and qualities composed of values, beliefs, traits and skills.

Another important quality of a good politician is integrity and technical skills to handle those challenging assignments, fiscal matters, policies, plans, projects, ideas and initiative solutions to problems. Integrity is consistency of actions, methods, measures, values, principles, expectations and outcomes. It is doing what is right, both legally and morally at all time even when no one is looking. Since politicians play very significant roles in the administrative processes, especially having hands in thousands of important laws and policies to their communities and country, they should be well-educated, modest, with experience in social welfare, volunteering or should have done some good work for the society. A politician should have a thorough knowledge and up-to-date information about the constituency where he is going to contest an election.

Sir Winston Churchill, a famous British politician who served as Prime Minister twice (1940-45) and (1951-55) once said that “ a politician must have “the ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year. And to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn't happen”. Hence, a political career is meant for the people of high integrity and additional skills to achieve results and finding better ways of making life better for the people they represent. Politics are not meant for dropped-outs, area fathers, thugs, assassins, criminals, illiterates’ god-fathers, inept, dubious and corrupt politicians. These person, apart from being greedy doesn't know the importance of education and can never invest properly on it. Good governance, transparency and accountability will be eluding states and nations where these above mentioned set of people found themselves in the corridor of power.

An incompetent and irresponsible politician will make people to hang around his house like bees to honey to feed them with “amala”, “tuwo” or “eba”just for days. He prefers to give out expensive gifts, donations and bribes from tax-payers money to win elections. An achiever will not need to do such things to win elections or people to their side in all ramifications. That is why you will hear people saying “Politics is a bad game of deceit and hatred”, “Politics is a do or die affair”, “Politics is a dirty business”, “Politicians are very sick people” and so on. It is those politicians of limited merits and capabilities that are bad and not politics. They cannot do more than their moral and intellectual capacity. A true democratic government is the best concept for the growth of any nation. A good politician enriches lives and feeds souls of many people and not making them to become beggars, touts, kidnappers, armed-robbers and fraudsters.

A good politician should be of a well disciplined personality with selfless service to make live better for his people. This should be reflected in the community where he lives in all ramifications. Discipline is necessary for an orderly society and political life, without it, the social life would become miserable. A selfless service is putting the welfare of the people you're representing before your own. Winston Churchill described it as “the first of all human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees all others”. A good politician firmly believes in taking care and maintaining the community of his people. He believes that community service is about giving back. According to Theodore Roosevelt, “the most successful politician is he who says what the people are thinking most often in the loudest voice”. A person or politician who is with criminal background, or any links with criminals or whose allegations on corruption have not been cleared by the law court should be disqualified to participate in elections.

Responsibility and party loyalty is another quality of responsible politician in a democratic state. A transparent politician is nearer to his people and meeting them to understand their problems. Only fake politicians are seen by voters when an election is near or change parties as footballers change clubs. As every parent has its responsibility to teach their children the principles of moral, culture, truth, sincerity to be self- responsible, so politicians need to integrate its citizens with importance of political responsibility and democratic values. A politician leads by example and knows his minimum responsibilities as an elected representative. A politician comes to politics to work for his constituents and not to work against them. He is the beck and call of the people and ready to listen to everybody. All these build a strong foundation for a dynamic society which will create solutions for any challenges, and finally develop strategies and political systems that will help implement those solutions automatically. He is quick to give hand to his fellow man. A reliable politician should be very loyal and committed to his party which shares his vision and goals. The value of loyalty simply depends on trust. A citizen should belong to a party with most brilliant, skilful, patriotic and dynamic people with common goals and aspirations. Team work best when they have common goals, mutual respect and understanding of each party member's strength. Politics is to unite and reach consensus and not to divide or create enmity among people. Power is only a product of collective action.

Finally, to become a great politician or statesman, you have to use your talents, skills, experiences, honesty, integrity, challenges and constraints with the positive effect that we can have in touching other human lives. Politician must leave his constituency better than before elected. Greatness is within reach of a politician who consistently do things they out to be doing. He learns from mistakes and criticisms. It is a bad politician that will see that all the good is in his side and that all the bad lies with his opponent or just because someone does not agree with him, does not mean that all their ideas and solutions are bad. Good politicians show respect to the views and experience of others. Nobody has a monopoly of wisdom. He who aspires to be a great politician should have the ability to find and analyse problems in their constituency and find the best solutions for all these problems. There is no problem in this world without solutions. A good politician knows that simply giving consistent effort in the little task of services, social reforms, kindness or sacrifice in day-to-day life leads to true greatness of a nation. If all politicians make it a point of responsibility to develop and make life better for people in their units, wards, constituencies, states and regions-we will definitely have a great country.

Written by,
Adewale T Akande
Road traffic safety consultant based in Spain and currently on a World Bank Project with the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja .   08125896631 (Nigeria) +34600877296 (Spain)

Monday, 11 November 2013

National Pink Day – “Taking Cancer Prevention To The Grassroots” Overview

October is an International Cancer Awareness Month (ICAM), with special emphasis on breast cancer, the commonest cancer among women globally. The ICAM is an annual international campaign against the cancer pandemic. The symbolic colour for the month of October is pink.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) has designated the 18th of October, every year as the National Pink Day (NPD). It is a day to mobilize Nigerians from all walks of life, including diasporans, to join as advocates, donors and volunteers in the fight for better health for Nigerians, with emphasis on cancer. The day is observed by adding a touch of pink to one’s dressing, décor, website, social media, etc.

The colour pink is not only used in relation to breast cancer, but also refers to health in general, hence the phrase ‘in the pink of health.’ Reference may be made to the healthily glowing pink cheeks of new-born babies or energetic sportsmen/sportswomen and the like. In this regard, we may note that Nigeria has one of the lowest life expectancies in the world. Most Nigerians do not live to retire, to attend their children’s graduations or weddings, to see their grandchildren, or to enjoy the fruits of their labour. Cancer is a major cause of untimely death in Nigeria.

The NPD (October 18) is a day to remind all Nigerians to take an active role in ensuring that they remain in excellent health (the pink of health), by going for regular health screening, and supporting initiatives aimed at improving the health of society at large.
The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) hereby invites all Nigerians to support the special project aimed at “taking cancer prevention to the grassroots”.

The CECP-Nigeria is an initiative co-promoted by six of the core bodies of the Organized Private Sector in Nigeria, namely: the Institute of Directors (IoD), the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and industry (LCCI), the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).

The purpose of the committee is to unite Nigerians to jointly tackle major societal problems. The Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) was first established in the United States of America, where the committee has become a formidable force for supporting the non-profit sector through sustainable public – private – social partnership.
Each year the CECP will take advantage of the opportunity provided by the International Corporate Philanthropy Day (ICPD) to mobilize Nigerians to unite in accomplishing one major community project. The focus for ICPD 2013 is “Taking cancer prevention to the grassroots.” The specific goal is the acquisition of 37 Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) for the screening and early treatment of cancer in all parts of Nigeria.
The choice of cancer as the flagship cause for the CECP initiative is strategic, given the fact that cancer is not just a health issue. Cancer affects every ramification of life, all age groups and every social class. It should therefore, be a major concern to the private sector; since it has cut short the lives and careers of many gifted and talented professionals. Cancer is a catastrophic illness; a catastrophic illness is any disease that takes away more than 30% of the income of the family. Tackling cancer indirectly prevents other related social problems like school, drop-out, poverty, marital breakdown, etc.

Cancer is a global epidemic. In 2010, cancer took over from heart disease as THE No. 1 KILLER OF MANKIND. Cancer kills more people than HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It is now being diagnosed in one out of every three persons alive.
As if this were not bad enough, the projections for the future point to a geometric rise in the incidence of cancer. According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), globally, there will be 21 million new cases of cancer every year and 13 million cancer deaths by the year 2030, while deaths from infectious diseases will reduce by 7 million every year.

Sadly, 80% of cancer deaths worldwide occur in developing countries like Nigeria. The key factors are the lack of access to information, late presentation, and inadequate treatment due to inadequate public health infrastructure. Cancer is the most expensive disease afflicting mankind, with an economic toll in 2008 of 895 billion USD, so that most people with cancer in developing countries cannot afford the treatment and do not survive.

Cancer is a major contributor to untimely death in Nigeria. Every year, over 100, 000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in Nigeria out of which 80, 000 die i.e. at least 10 deaths every hour and 240 deaths every day. The gravity of this statistics can be illustrated by comparing the loss of lives from cancer to other better publicized occurrences, for example air traffic accidents. The 3rd of June, 2012, was a very sad day in Nigeria, because of the plane crash that took about 150 precious lives. However, this incident rightly precipitated a series of remedial actions and reactions at all levels of society. In contrast, scarcely any attention is paid to the fact that on that same day more than 240 Nigerians died from cancer. Most of these preventable deaths from cancer are preceded by untold suffering which the cancer victims endure for months or even years, before finally succumbing to the disease.

In Nigeria, the commonest cancers in women are breast and cervical cancer while prostate cancer is the commonest in men. Liver and colorectal cancers are common in both sexes. The commonest cancer in children is Burkit’s lymphoma. Leukaemia (blood cancer) is also a common cancer in children. The death rate of some of the common cancers in Nigeria is alarming: thirty (30) Nigerian women die every day from breast cancer; a Nigerian woman dies every hour from cervical cancer; 8900 Nigerians die from liver cancer every year; prostate cancer kills 14 Nigerian men every day; and every two hours a Nigerian dies from colorectal cancer.

Although the cancer epidemic is a global phenomenon, the situation in Nigeria is particularly sad because of the high death ratio - out of every five (5) Nigerians who have cancer, only one survives. This is the most unfavorable death ratio worldwide. The outcome of cancer today in Nigeria is worse than the situation in the United States of America sixty years ago, when, out of every three (3) Americans that had cancer, one survived. Today the survival rate of cancer in the USA has further improved to two (2) in three (3). Furthermore, the stated target of the American Cancer Society is to improve the survival rate of cancer to 100%, thus making this the last century for cancer in the United States.
The cancer situation in Nigeria is even worse when you consider specific cancers. For instance, out of every 30 Nigerians that have leukaemia, only one (1) survives. This is very unfortunate because leukaemia, a common cancer in children and young adults, is now curable. At the Tata Cancer Centre in India, out of every 100 cases of leukemia, 99 survive.

The Tata survival rate with leukaemia illustrates the fact that given our current level of medical knowledge most deaths from cancer are easily preventable. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one-third of cancers are preventable, another one-third is curable and the last third can have good quality of life with appropriate care. For example, cervical cancer is virtually 100% preventable; and yet it kills one Nigerian woman every hour. Death from prostate cancer is easily preventable if detected early; and yet it kills 14 Nigerian men every day.
There are countless cancer survivors all over the world that can testify to the fact that cancer is not a death sentence. For example, there are currently nearly 14 million cancer survivors living in the United States. Two factors are responsible for their survival: early detection and access to first-class treatment.

Some well-known examples of cancer survivors include Banky W. (Olubankole Wellington), Colin Powell, Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, and Martina Navratilova. Ronald Reagan survived colon, skin and prostate cancers sequentially; after he was treated for the prostate cancer, he declared that he had never felt better in his life. Ruth Ginsburg, the only female judge on the bench of the US Supreme Court, survived pancreatic cancer; during her treatment, she never missed a day on the bench.

One may ask, what other countries are doing right that Nigeria could emulate. The answer is that many countries are investing a lot of funds in cancer research, screening programmes and treatment. Every sector of the society is involved in the fight against cancer in these countries.
Some developing countries that have Comprehensive Cancer Centres include India, Egypt, Zambia, Mauritania, Pakistan, South Africa etc. A Comprehensive Cancer Centre is a tertiary health institution focused exclusively on cancer care. India has over 120 Comprehensive Cancer Centres (CCCs), mostly established with the support of the private sector. Bangalore, an Indian city with a population of 8 million has four Comprehensive Cancer Centres whilst Nigeria with a population of 167 million neither has a CCC nor a full-fledged Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs).

India’s progress is a result of innovative philanthropy by leaders of the private sector. The first Indian cancer centre was sponsored by the late Sir Dorab Tata (Chairman of the Tata Group). His wife, Lady Meherbai Tata had leukaemia (blood cancer), for which she was treated in England. Sir Dorab then determined to establish similar facilities for the treatment of Cancer in India. He successfully initiated the project and the Tata Cancer Centre, Mumbai, was commissioned in 1941. Today, the Centre treats over 70% of its patients almost entirely free of charge.
The largest cancer centre world-wide was opened in 2010. Mrs Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw is the main sponsor of the Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre (MSCC), Bangalore, named in her honour. It has 1,400 beds and cost 150 million USD. It is the fourth cancer centre in Bangalore, a city of 8 million people. At the age of 25, Mrs Shaw created a biotech company in her garage. Today that start-up, Biocon Ltd, is a 1 billion USD operation. The MSCC treats poor patients for free in the evenings so that they can continue to work and care for their families during the day. Where are the Tatas and Mazumdars of Nigeria?

We need to borrow a leaf from other countries like India which has become a major destination for medical tourism for the teeming Nigerian cancer patients. According to the Nigerian Minister of Finance, Nigerians spend over 200 million USD on such overseas treatment. Meanwhile, it would cost 63 million USD to set up a Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Nigeria.
Already, there have been efforts to combat the cancer epidemic in Nigeria. For instance, the National Cancer Prevention Programme (NCPP), a non-governmental initiative, was launched in 2008 and became the first major national effort towards the control of cancer in Nigeria.
In spite of its limited resources, the NCPP has been carrying out nation-wide awareness/ screening/ treatment campaigns. Over 100,000 Nigerians have been directly screened/ treated so far, and through the awareness being created, the NCPP is helping to protect millions of Nigerians from the cancer scourge. These life-saving campaigns would be facilitated by using Mobile Cancer Centres, which is the focus of CECP-Nigeria for 2013/ 2014.

Ideally, we need at least one Comprehensive Cancer Centre in each of the 6 geopolitical zones of Nigeria, as well as Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) to take advantage of all levels of cancer care. However, given the fact that Nigeria does not have the adequate structure on ground to take full advantage of the second and third levels of cancer care (cure and care), it is important to focus first and foremost on the first level (prevention), which is better and cheaper. For this we need 37 of MCCs, one for each State and the FCT, Abuja.

[caption id="attachment_662" align="alignleft" width="320"]MOBILE CANCER CENTRE - exterior MOBILE CANCER CENTRE - exterior[/caption]

A Mobile Cancer Centre (MCC) is a clinic on wheels, in which screening, follow-up and several forms of treatment (including surgeries), can take place. It includes facilities for mammography, sonology, colonoscopy. It will also contain colposcope and cryotherapy equipment for follow-up and treatment, and a side laboratory for Prostate and colorectal cancer screening and other basic tests for hepatitis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and diabetes. Thus the MCC takes care of the double burden of disease (Communicable & Non-Communicable Diseases). A surgical theatre is incorporated into the MCC, as well as facilities for telemedicine.
There are so many advantages of mobile over fixed centres; only a few can be highlighted here, namely:
•Accessibility: The mobile cancer centres will enable easier access to the remote areas of Nigeria. They are tropicalized and customized to operate in our difficult terrains.
•Equity: Unlike a fixed centre which will be utilized mainly by those in its locality, the use of mobile centres will help to ensure that no community is left out.
•Cost-Effectiveness: According to a study by the Harvard Medical School the estimated savings of mobile clinics is staggering. The study found that for every dollar invested in the operation of the mobile clinic, 36 USD was saved in terms of management of chronic illnesses, avoided hospital visits, and prevention of diseases.
•Accuracy of data and statistics: The data and statistics gathered through the MCCs will be superior to the hospital-based data available at the fixed centres.
•Tried and Tested model: The use of mobile units has been successfully tried and tested in numerous countries. There are over 2,000 mobile health clinics across the United States of America.

[caption id="attachment_663" align="alignleft" width="350"]MOBILE CANCER CENTRE - interior MOBILE CANCER CENTRE - interior[/caption]

Each MCC costs ninety-five (95) million naira. Two platforms have been established for fund raising towards this project. The Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) facilitated the formation of a special short code (44777) which is common to all networks. Interswitch Nigeria Ltd also established a common code (777526) for electronic donation
Anyone may contribute towards the project by sending the word ‘ACT’ to ‘44777’ (N100/sms); or via ATM or online at using the code ‘777526’. We request all Nigerians to join in publicizing these two codes – 44777 and 777526 within their spheres of influence. We need volunteers (‘Connectors’) to support this cause. Further information is available at Let’s ACT! Attack Cancer Together! Together we can!!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

Press Release- Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria)

[caption id="attachment_655" align="alignleft" width="300"]Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria) Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria)[/caption]

The Executive Secretary of the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP-Nigeria), Dr Abia Nzelu, has called on all stakeholders to commit adequate resources towards the acquisition of Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) across the country to facilitate cancer prevention through screening and early treatment at the grassroots.

She made this statement in Lagos while reacting to the recent deaths of some Nigerian public figures who were victims of the dreaded but preventable disease, cancer. These include: Prof Omo Omoruyi, the former Director- General of the Centre for Democratic Studies, who died of prostate cancer on the 13th of October, 2013; Mustapha Amego popularly known as Funky Mallam, one of Nigerian’s foremost entertainers and Former President of Performing Musicians Association of Nigeria (PMAN), who died of colon cancer on the 24th of October, 2013 and Vice Admiral Mike Okhai Akhigbe, Former Governor of Ondo and Lagos States, former Chief of Naval Staff and former Chief of Defence Staff and President of Nigerian’s Chamber of Shipping who died of throat cancer on the 28th of October, 2013.

Dr Nzelu lamented that although all these three prominent Nigerians received treatment in the United States of America, they did not survive because of late detection. According to her, this fact should serve as a wake-up call to all Nigerians to support the move to make facilities for early detection and treatment available to all Nigerians.
In her own submission, the Convener of the CECP-Nigeria, Mrs. Margaret Rose Adetutu Adeleke, decried the way in which wealthy Nigerians have to travel abroad for cancer diagnosis and treatment and stated that such facilities should be available to all Nigerians, whether rich or poor, within the country.

She therefore enjoined families, friends, colleagues and associates of the departed Nigerians to donate Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) in their memory as a way of stemming the tide of avoidable deaths through cancer and other common diseases in Nigeria.

It will be recalled that on the 25th of February, 2013, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP Nigeria) which is co-promoted by the core bodies of the organized private sector, adopted as its focal cause the campaign to take cancer prevention to the grassroots through the acquisition of 37 Mobile Cancer Centres (MCCs) at the cost of 95 million naira each.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Participate at the 17th World Business Dialogue

[caption id="attachment_647" align="alignleft" width="286"]world-business-dialogue world-business-dialogue[/caption]

The World Business Dialogue is the world’s largest international student-run business convention. Each year, the leaders of today and the leaders of tomorrow come together in Cologne, Germany to discuss current innovations and trends regarding their impact on existing business models and their chances to generate new business models. Therefore, the conference brings together excellent students with renown executives, founders, politicians and scientists and offers them an ideal platform for a cross-generational and cross-cultural dialogue.

The World Business Dialogue has a rich history. Its story began in 1987 when it was still named “Deutscher Wirtschaftskongress” and only German students and executives participated. In 1999 it successfully opened its doors for international guests as well and since then has attracted students and executives from almost any place on earth.
The story continues to be written. Stay excited for the 17th World Business Dialogue in 2014!

[caption id="attachment_648" align="alignleft" width="150"]world-business-dialogue world-business-dialogue[/caption]

The OFW Organisations forum Wirtschaftskongress is an entirely student-run initiative based in Cologne, Germany. Since its foundation in 1984 it gives a team of ~40 students a unique and exciting challenge every year: To organize the world’s largest international student-run business convention, the World Business Dialogue. The goal of the organization is to give students the opportunity to combine the theoretical knowledge of their university life with hands-on business experiences. During one year of being on the team they face numerous complex challenges and learn to master them. Here comes the 17th World Business Dialogue. Students across Nigeria can apply and get affiliations that could unlock their closed corporate doors. Experience an eyes-opener to other great opportunities. It's free to apply. And, free to be sponsored to Germany to-and-fro. Apply now at !

Yours truly,
Matthew Adetunji
OFW's Ambassador West Africa

Saturday, 21 September 2013

List of Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerians

Scholarships from various bodies are available for postgraduate students to study in Nigerian or foreign Universities and Colleges abroad. While some are full tuition scholarships, others only offer a specified amount (i.e. partial tuition).

Note that deadlines for some applications might not fall within the present time. For these, you need to bear the deadlines in mind and start early to prepare for the next award. Also, for current and up to date information, be sure to visit or contact thelng sponsors through the contact details provided.

We have compiled a list of Postgraduate scholarships available to Nigerians and other Africans. [You may want to see our complete 'Scholarship Lists'. To receive more scholarship notifications in future, subscribe to our free scholarship newsletter.]

  1. Akwa Ibom State Government Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
    In pursuance of his deliberate policy of providing continuous qualitative man power training and development to citizens, His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Chief (Dr) Godswill Akpabio, (CON) has approved the training of Akwa Ibom indigenes on proficient ICT Post Graduate Training in approved Universities in India.
    Consequent upon this, the Ministry of Education invites applications from suitably qualified candidates of Akwa Ibom State origin for scholarship awards to pursue post graduate studies on more.

  2. Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship Programme
    PTDF offers two categories of scholarships: The Overseas Scholarship Scheme (OSS) and the Local Scholarship Scheme (LSS). PTDF annually invites interested qualified Nigerians to apply for its postgraduate (MSc and PhD) scholarships in Engineering, Geology, Sciences, and Geosciences in Universities in the United more.

  3. Mansion House Scholarships Scheme for Nigerian Masters Students
    Are you interested in winning a postgraduate scholarship? Are you currently working in the financial services sector and want to study for a post graduate degree in the UK? Here is an opportunity for you. The British Council in Nigeria is partnering with the UK Trade and Investment unit (UKTI) to present the Mansion House Scholarship Scheme.
    The Mansion House Scholars scheme provides scholarships in support of overseas students for training and work experience in the United Kingdom's financial services industry.
    The Scheme supports the funding of students from overseas taking Masters level degree courses at British Universities or to enable business trainees or officials to undertake study or training in financial and related business activities.
    Deadline for submission of essay is the 12th more.

  4. Developing Solutions Masters Scholarship for International students
    In order to encourage academic excellence, aid diversity, develop relationships with sponsors and offer real financial assistance in cases of hardship, whether individually or by region, the University of Nottingham International Office offers a comprehensive and expanding range of scholarships.
    Celebrating over 10 years of the Developing Solutions scholarship scheme, the University of Nottingham is offering 105 Masters scholarships for a global future for students from Africa, India and commonwealth countries to study for masters degree at the university.
    The Developing Solution Master Scholarships are designed for students who want to make a difference to the development of their home more.

  5. Newcastle University (NU) Nigeria Scholarships
    The International Office is delighted to announce the Newcastle University Nigeria Scholarship (NU Nigeria Scholarship) awards. These are available for high achieving Nigerian students applying for entry onto postgraduate taught degree or research programmes within the Faculties of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS), Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE), and Medical Sciences (FMS) more.

  6. Afren and Syngenta One Planet MBA Scholarships for African Students
    The One Planet MBA Scholarships are a group of scholarships offered at the University of Exeter to different subsets of students.
    They include the Sustainable Enterprise Scholarship, the Full-fee Company Scholarships (Afren and Syngenta One Planet MBA Scholarships), The Ayudar Scholarships, Corporate Partnerships Scholarships, and the Business School more.

  7. Federal Government Nigerian Scholarships Tenable in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions
    The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education through the Federal Scholarship Board offers the Nigerian Scholarships Award Programmes Tenable In Nigerian Tertiary Institutions to Nigerian Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Higher National Diploma and National Certificate in Education students.
    The Honorable Minister of Education, hereby invites applications from qualified Nigerian students in Nigerian public tertiary institutions to participate in the selection interviews for scholarship awards tenable in Nigeria tertiary more.

  8. Fulbright Visiting Student Scholarship Program for Nigerians
    The Junior Staff Development Program is a non-degree program funded by the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education (IIE) in New York.
    The program is designed primarily to strengthen capacities of African universities through higher degree training and to develop the potential of their academic staff.
    It is targeted at young and exceptionally promising faculty members who wish to conduct their doctoral research in the United States. Applicants must be at least two years into their doctoral program in any discipline at a Nigerian university or research institute at the time of application. However, preference will be given to those applicants in the areas of natural and social sciences, arts, and more.

  9. Federal Government Oversea Scholarships for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
    The Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Education through the Federal Scholarship Board is offering the Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Oversea Scholarships to Nigerian undergraduate, masters and doctoral students.
    Bilateral Educational Agreement (BEA) Awards are scholarship awards made to eligible Nigerian youths after due process by development partners who have entered into Bilateral Educational agreement with Nigeria. Nigeria equally offers reciprocal awards to citizens of the following Bilateral Education Agreement countries: China, Romania, and more.

  10. Imo State Government Scholarships for Imo State Students
    Imo State is one of the states in Nigeria with a high literacy rate. The prestige of a family is determined by the number of educated persons it has produced. Interest in education is self evident from educational development efforts of communities. Such efforts include the provision of educational opportunities and physical structures for the advancement of knowledge.
    In fulfillment of his promise to extend free education to the State owned tertiary institutions, the Imo State governor in January 2012 distributed scholarship forms to students of Imo State origin.
    The Governor reiterated that the free education programme will commence in September 2012 onwards, and that the free education programme will be extended to indigenes of Imo State schooling in other tertiary institutions during the second phase of the programme, adding that indigent students of the State owned schools that are non-indigenes will be given scholarships as more.

  11. Bayelsa State Scholarships for Postgraduate Bayelsan students
    The Bayelsa State Scholarship Board was established by an edict of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly and signed into law by the then Governor Chief Diepreye S.P. Alameyeseigha on May 21, 2003.
    The Third State Scholarship Board inaugurated on June 12, 2012, by the present Governor Barr. Henry Seriake Dickson invites application for Batch B of the scholarship more.

  12. Oyo State Scholarships Scheme for Oyo State Indigenes
    The Oyo State Scholarship Board, one of the parastatals established by the Oyo State Government, provides scholarships to indigenes of Oyo state who intend to study or are currently studying in any tertiary institution(s) in more.

  13. Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Scholarship Scheme for Postgraduate students
    The Nigeria LNG Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme, launched in October 2012, is an overseas programme aimed at supporting the emergence of indigenous experts, professionals or entrepreneurs especially; but not exclusively, within the oil and gas industry.
    The post graduate scholarship program is part of NLNG’s Community Development programme which aims to contribute to long-term socio-economic development in its host communities and Nigeria at more.

  14. Griffith International Scholarships for African nationals
    The scholarships are on offer to students from any African nation that are currently residing in Africa and are planning to commence their studies at Griffith University in January or July. Applications will be assessed on academic merit, demonstrated leadership and personal character. Applications should be sent directly to Griffith more.

  15. Lagos State Local Scholarship Award for Lagos State Indigenes
    The Lagos State Scholarship Board is one of the earliest agencies established shortly after the creation of the state. It was constituted through Executive Council Memorandum No LSEC (68) as an advisory and implementation organ on Scholarship awards. The Board administers both the Lagos State Local and Foreign Scholarship Awards.
    The Local Scholarship Award is for prospective students of Lagos State origin except otherwise directed by His Excellency. It was resuscitated in the year 2002. Students should be on full-time and not part-time more.

  16. Google Anita Borg Scholarship for Female Students from Europe, Middle East, Africa
    Dr. Anita Borg (1949-2003) devoted her adult life to revolutionising the way we think about technology and dismantling barriers that keep women and minorities from entering computing and technology fields. Her combination of technical expertise and fearless vision continues to inspire and motivate countless women to become active participants and leaders in creating technology.
    As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to furthering Anita’s vision, the company is pleased to announce The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship: Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Through the scholarship, Google aims to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, and become active role models and more.

  17. NITDA Scholarships for Postgraduate Nigerians
    The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in pursuance of her mandate of producing globally competitive manpower in order to bridge the digital divide and transform Nigeria into an Information Technology capable country, has established a scholarship scheme for Post Graduate (PG) studies in Master’s and Doctorate (PhD) degrees in relevant areas of information Technology (IT) obtainable in National and international more.

  18. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Nigerian Students
    The Swiss Government, through the Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students (FCS), awards various postgraduate scholarships to Nigerian students in three categories: Excellence Research Scholarships, Excellence PhD Scholarships, and Excellence Post-doctoral Scholarships.
    These scholarships provide Nigerian graduates from all fields with the opportunity to pursue postgraduate studies or research in Switzerland at one of the public funded universities or recognized more.

  19. Rotary Foundation Global Grants for International Students
    The Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship program has ended in 2012-13. Beginning in 2013-14, The Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through the Rotary Foundation Global Grants.
    Global grants may be used for: Humanitarian projects to fund humanitarian projects, Scholarships to fund academic studies, and Vocational training more.

  20. UNIL funding for Masters Students from Developing Countries
    To facilitate access to Master’s degrees by students with qualifications from foreign universities, the University of Lausanne makes available around ten Master’s grants which are awarded on a competitive more.

  21. Kaplan International Colleges Merit-based Scholarships for Nigerian Students
    Kaplan International Colleges (KIC) works in partnership with leading universities to prepare international students for studying a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the UK. KIC has launched a scholarship scheme for Nigerian students.
    *These scholarships are donated for the first time in close collaboration with our top Country Partners – Preparation For Life, Chris Enuke and Associates, Dave Abion Consulting, NUBI Educational Counselling, SOARS Educational Services, Harvestfield Educational Services, CUPA study Abroad Ghana, in recognition of the high calibre of Nigerian students at KIC.C.” more.

  22. Shell SPDC Students Programme
    Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) operates various scholarship schemes, a welcome feature of educational development, especially in the Niger Delta area of Nigeria.

    • Shell Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - Study in UK
      This is an overseas scholarship programme that gives 10 places to candidates from SPDC’s operational areas (Rivers, Bayelsa and Delta states) to study for postgraduate qualifications at three top British institutions - Imperial College London, University College London and University of Leeds. Potential beneficiaries must possess a Bachelor's degree in the relevant field of study at the Second Class Upper Level.
      The scholarship cover tuition fees, one return flight from Nigeria to the United Kingdom and a contribution towards living more.

    • Shell Postgraduate Students Internships
      Open primarily to talented Nigerian Postgraduate Students in Nigerian Universities but in exceptional cases to Nigerians in Overseas Universities. Shell offers approximately 20 research internship appointments yearly. A number of interns have taken up appointment with Shell on completion of their more.

  23. NNPC / ESSO International Scholarship Awards
    Mobil Producing Nigeria offers International Scholarships to outstanding Nigerian graduates wishing to pursue postgraduate studies in the following disciplines: Geosciences, Engineering (Petroleum, Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical, Sub-Sea and Marine). The EEPNL scholarship award applies to tuition, books, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the selected course of study including air fare to and from the location of study. Shortlisted candidates would prepared to take a skills more.

  24. NNPC/ESSO National Postgraduate Scholarship Awards
    In continuation of the Esso Exploration and Production Nigeria Limited (EEPNL) efforts to provide opportunities for developing careers in the petroleum industry, Mobil Producing Nigeria offer Scholarships to outstanding Nigerian graduates who are currently pursuing postgraduate studies (Masters Degree) in the underlisted disciplines in Nigeria Universities.
    In 2007, EEPNL introduced the National Postgraduate Scholarship program in other to complement the existing foreign scholarship more.

  25. PTDF Scholarships for the Split PhD Program
    The Split PhD is a type of PHD program which allows an individual to split their research time between a foreign institution and an institution in the home country where they live and work. It is part of its 2012/2013 PTDF SCHOLARSHIP more.

  26. African Humanities Fellowship program
    The African Humanities Program (AHP), organised by the American Council of Learned Societies, ACLS seek to revitalize the humanities in Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda through fellowship competitions and meetings associated with them. The AHP is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Approximately 40 fellowships are awarded annually. Completed applications must be submitted by more.

  27. Indomie National PostGraduate Nutrition Scholarship Awards
    As Part of its corporate social responsibility, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, in 2009 introduced a postgraduate scholarship programme for Nigerian students studying Nutrition and Dietetics at Masters degree level. The programmme is aimed at assisting the training of high level Nutrition and Dietetic manpower in the country. The scholarship is open to all Nigerian students qualified for admission to an MSc programme in Nutrition (and Nutrition/Dietetics) in the Nigerian university system. Awards will be made to qualified and suitable students from every geo-political zone of the federation, including the more.

  28. Nigerian Agip Exploration (NAE) Post Graduate Scholarship
    Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE), on behalf of the NNPC/NAE/OANDO PSC, is committed to the training and development of manpower as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme. In pursuance of this, NAE invites applications from suitably qualified and interested Nigerian graduates for the PostGraduate Scholarship Award Scheme. The award is in two categories – Nigerian and more.

  29. RSSDA Overseas Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerians
    The Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency (RSSDA) invites applications from suitably qualified candidates for selection into the Governor’s Special Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship Programme for 2012/2013 more.

  30. Delta State Government Scholarship Scheme for female students
    Applications are invited for five places in the Delta State Government Scholarship Scheme for female students, tenable at SMC, Pan-African University, for the programme PGD in Media & Communication (Journalism Stream) more.

  31. Robert S. McNamara International Fellowships Program
    The Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program was established in 1982 by a resolution of the Executive Directors to award fellowships for full-time study or research at the postgraduate level in fields related to economic development.
    Funding for the Program was provided by US$1 million contribution from the World Bank and US$1.8 million from the governments of Bangladesh, China, India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, and former Yugoslavia. The income from the investment of the endowment fund set up with these contributions currently provides the funding for the fellowships.
    The Program provides support to lecturers and young researchers working in academic and research institutions from eligible countries (see link below) preparing a doctoral more.

  32. Postdoctoral Research Fellowships at University of Ilorin, Nigeria
    As part of her efforts in building a global academic environment, the University of Ilorin through her Centre for International Education (CIE) offers a variety of Research Fellowships to qualified scholars of foreign nationals to carry out relevant developmental more.

  33. Scholarship Opportunities for International Students, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
    The University of Ilorin, Ilorin, through its Centre for International Education (CIE), offers scholarship opportunities for International Students in any field of their interest. The offer is opened to both undergraduate and graduate students up to Master more.

  34. Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program for International students
    The Government of Canada offers scholarships to Canadian publicly funded universities or colleges as part of the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program (CCSP) and Government of Canada Awards (GCA) more.

  35. Commonwealth Scholarships for Developing Commonwealth Country Citizens, UK
    The Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan (CSFP) is an international programme under which member governments offer scholarships and fellowships to citizens of other Commonwealth countries. The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom (CSC) is responsible for managing Britain’s contribution to the CSFP. Commonwealth Scholarships for students from developing Commonwealth countries are offered for Master’s, PhD, and split-site (PhD) study in the UK. These scholarships are funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) more.

  36. Australian Development Scholarships (ADS) for African Students
    The Australia Awards in Africa (AAA), an initiative of the Australian Government, is a pan-African program of development scholarships and fellowships that offers 1,000 postgraduate scholarships each year to eligible African professionals.
    Australia is committed to developing the capacity and leadership skills of Africans to enable them to contribute effectively to development in their home countries. Over the past three years, the number of scholarships available for African professionals has increased ten-fold to a total of 1,000 development awards annually. One-quarter of all Australia’s development scholarships are now directed to more.

  37. Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerians at University of Sheffield
    The University of Sheffield offers the Nigeria Merit Postgraduate Scholarships for Nigerian students who show exceptional academic potential starting a postgraduate taught masters programme at the University of Sheffield. The University does not offer research studentships or funding specifically for Nigerian research students. There are, however, studentships and funding for which all international students can more.

  38. Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Distance Learning Scholarships in Tropical Forestry
    Bangor University is pleased to announce that several fully-funded scholarships (each worth over £12,000 to cover tuition fees) are available for applicants from selected developing commonwealth countries to study for the MSc Tropical Forestry by distance learning.
    This postgraduate course is primarily intended for students who already have an interest in forestry and who wish to learn more about the environmental and societal benefits that forests can provide.
    Suitable applicants include individuals working in forestry/forest-related industries/ natural resource management, particularly in the fields of planning, regulation, policy, monitoring and environmental protection. The course is also suited to individuals working in forestry education who wish to further their knowledge and expertise in order to improve their more.