10 Reasons Why Studying Journalism Abroad is Better than Doing so in Nigeria


Today, many parents send their children abroad to get better education, while some student decide to further their education abroad as well. So many people feel that Nigeria universities are not that equipped to handle their various courses making them turn to schools outside the country. Journalism is not excluded as every year there is a significant rise in the number of students who go abroad to study Journalism despite the huge costs of financing.

Here are top 10 reasons why your child should study journalism abroad instead in Nigeria:


1) Low Education Quality of the higher institutions in Nigeria: The quality of education here in Nigeria is low compared to the Universities abroad. Nigeria institutions can not compete with top institutions around the world. Journalism in Nigeria cannot be compared to how well it is taught in the universities abroad. There are quality learning facilities, good social welfare packages for student as well as good lecturers and a conducive environment for students who study abroad. But in Nigeria, the universities lack all these.


2) Better Job Opportunity: The chances of securing a good job after graduation in Nigeria are relatively low. There are a lot of unemployed youths roaming about the streets in Nigeria. This is another reason why students should study Journalism Abroad. There are better job opportunities there. Because you have had the best education and now you are open to securing a job there.


3) Lack of Practical: This is another reason why students should not study journalism in Nigeria. In some Nigeria higher institutions, the students are just taught the theory aspect without really having a deeper understanding of what journalism is all about. There is no practical teaching to help the student understand how journalism is really practiced. Students are just forced to buy Textbooks and read but they do not understand what they are reading and how to apply it.


4) Advanced Teaching Techniques: In the higher institutions abroad, they employ a better teaching method and modern teaching facilities to aid in the teaching of Journalism. Classes are not overcrowded there; students are always exposed to various practical unlike in Nigeria where everything is theorized.


5) Absence of Strike: The issue of ASUU strike has become a major issue in the academic sector of Nigeria. Students now see strike as part of the academic activities because of how frequent comes. Students are being delayed, four years turn to six years because of the incessant strikes going on in Nigeria. Whenever the universities are on strike, the students are affected the most as academic activities are put on hold. Students are forced to go on break in the middle of the academic session. But in abroad, one can study Journalism and any other course with no fear of strike and delay whatsoever.


6) Student’s Development: When you go abroad to study Journalism, you meet with different kinds of people, different mentality all together and personal behavior. Students who study Journalism abroad tend to be more civilized and law abiding as opposed to the lawlessness which is very rampant among students in Nigeria. Students in abroad are not just taught about journalism but also they are taught to behave well and be well organized which will ultimately help them in the journey of being a journalist. The way students of Journalism behave in Nigeria is different from the way students of journalism in abroad behave. There is a striking difference. When you send your child abroad to study Journalism, your child returns home as a well grounded journalist.


7) Lack of Good Lecturers and Facilitators: This is another reason why your child should not study journalism in Nigeria. In the higher institutions abroad, they have better qualified lecturers and facilitators who are capable of I impacting knowledge and not just coming to class to shout, and impose books on students to buy. In some Nigeria higher institutions, where lectures in the journalism field are supposed to teach and train you but instead they end up just talking and telling irrelevant stories to the students in class. They are not interested in helping the students to learn anything and they come to class when they like and leave when they choose to.


8) Absence of Bribe: This is another good reason why your child should not study journalism in Nigeria. In the developed countries, the students are passed on merit. But in some higher institutions in Nigeria students are asked to pay for their grades and failure to do so will be punished. This is bad because with this measure, students who are aspiring journalists are already looking in the way of corrupt and unethical practices. They no longer read their books because hard work is no longer encouraged as they are shown firsthand that hard work does not pay.


9) Another reason why your child should not study journalism in Nigeria is because in the developed countries, they pay close attention to students, and come up with the best way to help you learn. Unlike in Nigeria where the same teaching method is used for every student and they expect the whole class to follow at the same time.


10) Another reason why your child should not study journalism in Nigeria is because in Nigeria higher institutions, the lecturers make it difficult for students to approach them and talk about the areas they need help. Nigerian lecturers have succeeded in creating a wide gap between themselves and the students, making it difficult for the students to learn. But in the universities abroad, it is not so. Students can approach their teachers and facilitators and relate freely with them. Once a student hates a teacher, it be comes difficult for that student to learn.

Written by Teniola Egbuwalo

The Author

Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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