An educationist, Dr. Kelvin Alaneme has described Nigerians studying outside the country as being exceptional in their various fields.
He noted that most Nigerians studying abroad are exceptional because the Nigerian environment has prepared them and made them resilient.
The graduate of the University of Nigeria and founder of CareerEdu, a career guidance and educational service based in the UK said stated this in a statement he issued on Thursday while unveiling its new partnership with University College, Birmingham, the United Kingdom, as a recognised Recruitment Representative.
Expressing his excitement, Alaneme said, “Excited to announce the partnership between CareerEdu and University College Birmingham, UCB is at the centre of Birmingham – the second largest city in the UK and a warm home for international students. I was given a tour of the University’s five campuses today – they have an 824-room student hostel as well, state-of-the-art facilities – a library of over three floors, a gym, countless lecture rooms, studios, cyber lab, etc. Last year, the University was voted UK’s Best University by the Whatuni Students’ Choice Award.”
He added that Nigerians abroad are doing very well and can be found at the top of their careers in various fields.
“Nigerian doctors and nurses are the fourth largest nationality. We have Nigerians breaking barriers in technology, academia, business and entertainment. The reason for their excellence is simple – abroad there are opportunities. Nigeria has prepared them and made them resilient. So, when they meet these opportunities, the outcome is often massive success,” he said.
Alaneme added that the UK feels the impact of Nigerians especially in the healthcare sector, where Nigerians are the fourth largest nationality.
“Our (Nigerians) impact is also felt in their universities – a good percentage of international students coming to the UK are Nigerians and these individuals bring significant revenue to these institutions and the UK.”
He, however, advised Nigerians studying outside the country to put their heads down and apply themselves, in whatever field they are.
“There are several opportunities for career growth. Use them. The beginnings are often bumpy – culture shock, trying to find their footing, etc. But, once they persist and work hard, they will succeed,” he advised.