Higher Education: UK Varsity Reveals Why Nigerian Certificates Have No Value


A UK university has explained why certificates obtained outside Nigeria will continue to be more valued and considered over Nigerian certificates.

The United Kingdom-based Metropolitan School of Business and Management, said anyone who has a certificate from the UK, is more appreciated because UK schools don’t just give the teaching, but real life scenarios.

Speaking in Abuja during the Enterprise 101 workshop organized for business managers, young professionals, and aspiring entrepreneurs, the Assistant Country Director of MSBM (Nigeria), Mosisiye Kayode, said one of the reasons foreign certificates are better valued is because of the use of dynamic and relevant practice-based approaches” and the combination of corporate experience with “interactive teaching methodology with live case studies. Hear her:

“We have affiliations with schools in the UK but anyone participating in our school in Abuja has worked, studied and lived in the UK at a particular time because you cannot give what you do not have. So anyone who is going to teach in our class is someone who has studied, worked and lived in the UK.”

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She further explained that Enterprise 101 has always been the school’s vision as they have actually been looking forward to bringing in people and entrepreneurs in Abuja to come around because most of them have things they will want to share with other young people just for young aspiring entrepreneurs to actually gain from.

A participant, Yinka Lanre, said that businesses in Abuja were recording turnovers in billions, explaining that MSBM is a UK institution that had come into Nigeria to bring cutting edge innovations to ensure strategic ideas that could be applied to businesses to attain more profit.

Another participant, Chukwugozim Melekwe, who is a civil servant said that regardless of his exposure to business from an early age and a successful job, the workshop was a platform to further learn and network to broaden his scope in business.

Although he has some sort of safety net by working with the civil service, Melekwe said it has always been a part of him to make things happen, adding that as a professional and aspiring business person, there are questions which need answers.

Nigerian certificates vs Foreign certificates

We recall that last year, Nigeria was quoted as the country with the highest number of African students studying in the US, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange.

Nigeria was ranked 14th on the list of countries with the highest international students to the U.S, making it the leading source of African students. The study also estimated that international students made up 5.2 percent of all students in U.S. in the review year.

On the other hand, in the 2016 Global Employability Rankings, no Nigerian university was named while only four African universities were represented in the list.

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Interestingly, at the top of the African contingent is the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The other three universities are; the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and Cairo University (Egypt).