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NYU School Of Medicine grants free tuition to its students

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NEW YORK University’s School of Medicine announced on Thursday (Aug 16) that it is granting all of its students free tuition, regardless of merit or need, The New York Times reports.
The current 442 students attending will reportedly have the rest of their tuition paid in full through the medical program, and incoming students will receive their free tuition.
Citing the risk of “overwhelming” debt, it says every student will qualify regardless of merit or financial need.
NYU said financial worries were driving graduates to more lucrative specialities, pushing doctors away from more general positions.
“The scholarships will also be established, from here on out, to every future medical student at the school,” NYU stated in a press release.
Students must still however cover the cost of living expenses and accommodation.
The annual tuition was reportedly $55,018 and student debt by the time of graduation tallied at an average $191,000, according to a 2017 survey from the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Speaking to CNN, Rafael Rivera, NYU’s associate dean for admissions and financial aid said: “The debt can scare people away. One of those individuals could be the one to find a cure for cancer. For us, it’s important to have the best applicant pool possible, and society deserves nothing less.”

 

 

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FG To Sack Unqualified Teachers

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There are indications that Nigeria needs two hundred and fifty thousand teachers annually to bridge the existing deficit even with the presence of a large number of those said to be unqualified.

This situation has become worrisome to the registrar, teachers registration council professor Josiah Ajiboye.
As much as there is prevalence of unqualified teachers with the attendant effect on the education standard, the shortfall in the number of teachers may not have been helped by the mass sack in Kaduna state.

The existence of unbaked teachers makes it imperative to clean up the sector and this has attracted the attention of the teachers’ council.
Although over five hundred thousand teachers have been registered since 2016, the Nigerian government is concerned that the annual requirement of teachers of two hundred and fifty thousand is yet to be met.
Poor salary for teachers is one major reason the profession is becoming unattractive, which in part explains the short fall.
With a push by organized labour in Nigeria for an N30, 000 minimum wage which include teachers salaries, it is the expectation of many that more graduates will show interest in teaching.

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Education Minister Absent At FG/ASUU Meeting

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The federal government is not happy with the five weeks old strike by the academic staff union of universities and has appealed to the teachers to call off their action.

The minister of labour and employment Chris Ngige at the opening of yet another meeting with ASUU at which the minister of education, Adamu Adamu was conspicuously absent relayed government’s position.
Ngige appealed for the industrial action to be called off in the interest of students who bear the brunt with loss in academic calendar
Also at the meeting was the president, Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba who challenged government on ending the strike rather than unnecessarily delaying the process
Present at the meeting were the president of ASUU, representative of the permanent secretary, ministry of education and representatives of the office of the secretary to the government of the federation and national incomes, salaries and wages commission.

In the last two weeks the minister of education, Adamu Adamu had held inconclusive meetings with the lecturers
ASUU is demanding full implementation of the 2009 agreement among others.

 

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Buhari reduces cost of forms for JAMB, NECO

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Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of forms for the Joint Admissions Matriculation’s Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (JAMB UTME), National Examination Council’s Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (NECO SSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced this on Wednesday during the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

“The Exam Agencies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they’re only supposed to cover costs/operating expenses,” Adamu said.
“The sharp increase in remittances by JAMB (from less than N60m in 2010–2016 to >N15 BILLION in 2017/18) have shown that the fees being charged could be reduced,” he added.
Meanwhile, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, in August had said that there was no plan to review downward the fee of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) form from the current N7,500.
He said the UTME registration fee is one of the cheapest in the world and stated that remittances were made possible by the prudent management of resources by the board.
However, the minister, in his announcement stated that the president directed the Ministry to look into the reduction following the “significant improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education Agencies.”
The reduction will be implemented from January 2019 with the cost of JAMB UTME Form dropping from N5,000 to N3,500, NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850.

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Scholarships awarded to Commonwealth students

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Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK

ALUMNI: Toyyib Oladimeji Abdulkareem

THE UNIVERSITY of Wolverhampton has secured four Commonwealth scholarships to support international students during their studies.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarships are available each year to fund Commonwealth citizens’ study in the UK.
The students are doing full-time postgraduate qualifications and are jointly supported by their university.
The Scholarships support candidates from the least developed and lower middle income Commonwealth countries and the University of Wolverhampton is supporting four students from Nigeria, Ghana and Pakistan.
The scholarships have been awarded to:
– Toyyib Oladimeji Abdulkareem from Nigeria, who is studying for a Master’s in Public Health.
– Eugnia Agnes Gillette from Ghana; Mary Ogwuma Ogaga from Nigeria and Muhammad Awais – Paracha from Pakistan who are all Master of Science in Health and Social Care students.
Commonwealth scholar Mary Ogwuma Ogaga, from Nigeria, said: “Being granted the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship to study in the University of Wolverhampton is an opportunity of a lifetime.
“It is a chance to get high-quality education in one of the UK’s universities, renowned for high academic standards and research excellence. “
Funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), Commonwealth Shared Scholarships enable talented and motivated individuals to gain the knowledge and skills required for sustainable development, and are aimed at those who could not otherwise afford to study in the UK.

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Lagos Polytechnic marks 40th anniversary

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The Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH South West Nigeria has kicked off activities to mark the anniversary of its 40 years of existence.
The institution says it has made remarkable impact on individuals and the society since it began operations in 1978.
Rector of the institution, Mr. Samuel Ogunro said the last four decades has placed the institution a global scale among its counterpart with numerous achievements which makes the celebration a deserving moment.
International collaboration
He explained that the institution had earned several awards and was reputed to signing memorandum of understanding with International College of Aeronautics and Aviation Studies, South Korean Government and other international agencies to enhance its global relevance.
According to the Rector, the polytechnic has produced over 120,000 students over the years and who are making impacts in various works of life including the current Deputy Governor of Ogun State in South West Nigeria, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga.
He gave an assurance that the polytechnic would continue to maintain excellence in all its programmes and activities, bearing in mind the contributions of successive governments of the state towards the development of the institution.
Introducing Agriculture
Sogunro who announced the approval of the commencement of ‘General Agriculture’ for all students by the Academic Board of the institution said development of Agriculture is one of the cardinal objective of the institution.
“This is in effect to mobilise our students for the realisation of mass production of Agricultural produce, poultry and fish farming.
It is also in line with the 40th Anniversary Public Lecture on ‘Repositioning Education for Technological Development and Food Security’; which will be delivered by one of Nigeria’s iconic figures, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman Heirs Holdings, United Bank of Africa (UBA), Transcorp and founder, Tony Elumelu Fondation on 20th November at the school premises.” he said
The one-week programme which kicked off on Thursday with a football match, followed by an Interdenominational service, and a Jummat service on Friday, is expected to round off on November 22nd with recognition of staff of the polytechnic who have distinguished themselves in various capacities.

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NGO organises spelling bee for educational excellence

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An Abuja-based Non-Governmental Organisation, “Shamudo Spelling” has organised a spelling bee competition in the nation’s capital to help promote excellence in education among the youth.
The event which had about 22 primary and secondary schools participating, attracted highly placed members of the society and Nollywood, including the former Niger State Governor, Dr. Mua’azu Babangida Aliyu who is the grand patron of the NGO and popular actors, Charles Awurum and Emmanuel Fred, among others.
The former Governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu who spoke during the event advised the organizers, students, parents, public and private sectors to give more priority to support the organisation in other to improve educational standard in the country.
Dr Babaguda Aliyu encouraged organizers to stratiegise the words so as not to have both primary and secondary schools spelling same words as he praised the pupils and students who participated while urging them to also engage in extra-cullicula activities
Commenting on the forthcoming general election, he urged them to vote wisely so as to ensure that the right persons are the ones voted into power come 2019.
“When you vote, do not vote based on emotions or on the fact that the person is from your place, but vote for competence, experience, development and welfare. Whether the cat is white or black does not matter, so long as it catches the rat. It does not matter where our President is from, so long as he is competent,” the grand patrol said.
Always bear in mind the sacrifices your parents are making, to get your uniform and school fees, when they give you rice, they eat eba. when you grow, the responsibility will switch. Dont play with this opportunity.
“Parents, pay attention to the education of your children, pay attention to the kinds of friends they keep, but dont go attacking their teachers when they err, report them to appropriate authorities, so they do not copy such habit from you,” Dr Babagida Aliya noted.
He therefore presented awards to teachers, police officers, and others who were selected based on nomination.
The Coordinator of the NGO, “Shamudo Spelling Bee”, Comrade John Anyebe, while addressing the press, appealed for adequate attention to educational programs such as these.
While expressing his gratitude to the grand patron, Babangida Aliyu, Dr. Jumai Ahmadu and other supporters of his NGO, Mr Anyebe underscored the importance of giving children qualitative education and urged parents and teachers to make it a reality so that the future of their children would be brighter.
Some of the prizes given out to winners inluded a bicycle, galaxy tab, text books and medals, among others.

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Financing Your Studies in US & Finding Study Abroad Loans

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Study abroad loans are available to US students going abroad, whether they are going for just a semester or for a year. Learn more about how you can get the money you need to study overseas.

A. Overview

Financial aid can come from various sources, starting with personal & family funds and also from U.S. & Foreign institutions, governments, and sponsors such as companies & foundations.
Last year, 82% of undergraduate international students relied on their own personal & family income as their primary source of funding. Many of these students may have received a aid from other sources, but still relied on family funds as their primary source. About 13% of these students relied on US colleges and universities as their primary source of funding. An additional 3% relied on their home governments or universities as the primary source while less than 4% relied on the other types as their primary source.
In most cases, foreign students are in competition with U.S. students for financial aid funds. Foreign students should therefore explore all opportunities for funding in their own country before applying for U.S. based aid.
Students who have limited financial resources should consider attending community colleges for the first two years of study, then transferring to a 4-year institution using the 2+2 pathyway. Community colleges usually have much lower tuition rates; however, they often do not offer on-campus housing for international students, which is just one of many costs that international students should consider when calculating the costs of an US education. Other costs to expect include tuition, room and board (food), transportation, health insurance, and personal expenses.

B. Who Should Apply ?
Students who have a greater chance of obtaining financial assistance usually have the following:
evidence of high academic achievement,
high standardized test scores (SAT I, SAT II; TOEFL),
demonstrable financial need but enough private funding to at least cover part of the cost. Only the most exceptional students could expect to get full support,
a unique talent or skill, or a record of meaningful involvement in extracurricular activities, and
individualized letters of recommendation enumerating the students’ abilities.

C. Types of Financial Aid
The aid is usually provided by a U.S. college or university. How substantial the financial support will be depends on the kind of aid that is available. Frequently it will be a combination of the types listed below:
Merit Based Scholarship: Based on academic qualifications regardless of financial need. The student has no work or repayment obligations.
Need Based Scholarship: Aid is based on financial need but usually in conjunction with academic achievement. The student has no work or repayment obligations.
Athletic Scholarship: Generally based on athletic ability of the applicant but not completely irrespective of academic performance.
Part-Time Campus Employment: The student is able to earn money by working on campus for a certain number of hours per week. Some schools require all students to take on-campus jobs thereby reducing the overall cost of education at that university.
Cooperative Programs: These programs allow students to alternate periods of full-time study with full-time work. The work generally begins at the end of the sophomore year and adds one year to a 4-year degree.
University Loans: Students receive loans which are expected to be repaid after graduation.
Advanced Standing: If a student qualifies, he can apply for advanced placement at the institution at which he wants to study. This does not constitute financial aid in the true sense of the word but is a means of cutting down on costs of the program by reducing its duration.

D. Part-time Work
As an F-1 student in Active status, you immediately have an option for one kind of work: on-campus employment. However, there are some things to keep in mind.
Student employment in the US usually garners a moderately low wage and, combined with limited work hours for international students, will prevent you from being able to pay all of your US university costs this way.
Although you may work shortly after you arrive, you must be in Active status and your DSO must approve your request. After your DSO approves your request, you’ll be given a letter of approval. This letter, along with a letter from your employer, will help you get a Social Security number. When school is in session, you may only work 20 hours per week; on school holidays and breaks, you may work up to 40 hours per week.
After a full year at school, you could be eligible for off-campus employment. Approval for this requires special authorization from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In order to apply for this kind of employment authorization, you must receive a recommendation from your DSO and file a Form I-765, “Application for Employment Authorization” with USCIS. After USCIS approves your employment, they will send you a Form I-766, “Employment Authorization Document” (EAD).
You may not begin work until you have received your EAD. Just as with on-campus work, while school is in session you are restricted to a 20 hour work week.
For more information about international student employment in the US, please visit http://studyinthestates.dhs.gov/students/resources/working.

E. Application Procedure
Applications for financial aid are generally only accepted for admission for the fall term in August/September and are usually due around the same deadline as the admissions application. Some schools automatically consider applicants for financial aid, while others will request a separate financial aid application. You should check with each university you are applying to for more details.
When applying for financial aid, most universities will ask international students to report their family’s income and other financial assets via a particular application or College Board’s financial aid profile application. International applicants with dual American citizenship should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. You should always be as honest as possible when reporting your financial abilities and needs and be aware of how the reporting process will affect your admissions chances at need-blind versus need-aware schools.
Need-blind schools are universities that do not take your financial need into account when deciding whether to admit you; need-aware schools are universities that do. US universities consider your financial need to be calculated by the total cost of attendance minus your family’s Expected Financial Contribution. It is important not to exaggerate this need either too high or too low because of the impacts it could have on your admissions decisions.

F. Loans
Though rare, there are international student loans available to individuals who meet certain criteria. Many loans require a cosigner.

A cosigner is someone who guarantees and is responsible for payment to the loaning institution if for any reason you are unable to pay back the loan. A variety of organizations and institutions provide private loans to international students. Many provide assistance that is targeted to students from specific regions or countries and who meet certain criteria.

 

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Selecting a U.S. University

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The first step to pursuing a bachelor’s degree at a U.S. university is choosing the universities to which you would like to apply. There are over four thousand accredited institutions of higher learning in the United States, so it is important to find the right fit for you!

UNDERSTANDING YOUR OPTIONS
When choosing an institution, you will have the choice between a public university and a private college.
Americans also distinguish between four-year universities (where the end result is a bachelor’s degree) and two-year community colleges, or junior colleges (where the end result is an associate’s degree). Many students attend a community college for two years before continuing their bachelor’s degree at a university. As community college tuition is usually significantly less expensive than tuition at a four-year university, this can be a practical, money-saving option for many students!
Make sure that you are applying to accredited universities, institutions that have been peer-reviewed and are considered reputable! You can double check the accreditation status of your school through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation at www.chea.org/search or the Department of Education at ope.ed.gov/accreditation.

FINDING THE RIGHT FIT
When choosing a university, some major factors to consider include the institution’s academic profile, the overall student experience, cost and financial aid options, and student support services.

Academic Profile
Focus of university: There are a wide range of universities, from small liberal arts institutions that offer only undergraduate degrees to big research institutions with large populations of grad school students.

Majors and minors offered: It’s crucial to make sure that the universities to which you are applying offer the majors and/or minors you are looking for! While all universities offer degrees in the usual academic fields, students wishing to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a more specialized field (such as engineering, forestry, or education) must seek out universities which offer these degrees.
Selectivity: ie., how hard it is to get in.
Credit given for AP/IB courses: Are you enrolled in an International Baccalaureate program? Many U.S. universities will give students credit for the IB classes they took in high school, which can save you time and money.
Class size (‘student/faculty’ ratio vs. average class size)

Research opportunities for undergraduates
Overall Experience
What kind of experience do you want to have outside of the classroom? Are you interested in living in a big city, or would you rather spend four years on a traditional residential campus? Some factors to consider when imaging your ideal student experience include:
Size: Enrollment at U.S. universities can vary from under 1,000 to over 35,000. Some foreign students feel lost in these very large institutions and, at present, small private colleges show more interest in receiving applications from foreign students.

Demographics and diversity
University culture: Do you want to go to a university where most students live on or near campus, or would you prefer a ‘commuter school’ where most students travel home on the weekends? Are you interested in joining a fraternity or sorority? What about participating in student clubs and organizations, or playing a sport? Be aware of what sort of options are available for students outside of the classroom.
Setting: Some universities in big towns have many commuters, which means there is relatively little campus life, and this is usually a less suitable environment for foreign students. However, urban campuses usually have higher access to public transportation, which may make your experience easier!

Student Support Services
Academic Advising & Support
Career Center: University Career Centers can be an invaluable resource for students, offering opportunities for internships and mentoring as well as a connection to an active alumni association.
Student Wellness: Look for universities that prioritize students’ mental and physical health! This may include student recreation facilities, an on-campus health center, and/or mental health and counseling facilities.

International Student Services
Cost and Financial Aid
A bachelor’s degree from a U.S. university does not come cheap. Compared to other countries, higher education is very costly in the United States. Tuition alone varies from approximately $5,000 in state-supported institutions to $30,000 in some large private institutions. These figures cover only tuition and do not include factors like transportation, books, health insurance, and living expenses.
Every school is mandated to have a cost calculator on their website. This tool will allow you to estimate the total cost of attending the university!
While the majority of international students finance their studies through personal or family funds, there are also financial aid options available. To learn more about financial aid, check out the Education   section of our website.

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Video : Study in Germany – How to apply for a degree programme in Germany

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There are different ways to apply for admission to a German university. The application procedure depends on which subject you would like to study and where you come from. Requirements and application deadlines can vary from university to university, and even from degree programme to degree programme.

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Video : How to Study in the US and Get Financial Aid

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Considering studying in the United States? This short video will tell you everything you need to know about financing your studies through a combination of personal funding, scholarships/financial aid, student employment, and student loans.

EducationUSA makes applying to a U.S. college or university clear with Your 5 Steps to U.S. Study:

1. Research your options
2. Finance your studies
3. Complete your application
4. Apply for your student visa
5. Prepare for your departure

 

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