Issue date: 27 August 2013
A group of 36 Nigerian students are spending a few days in Bristol to find out more about studying at the University of the West of England. The students, a group of 31 female and 5 male students have all graduated from the Covenant University Nigeria, and are looking to study for their Masters degrees at a UK university.
Jimi Ogunnusi, UWE Bristol's Regional Director for Africa and a Nigerian national, has organised the four-day taster tour of Bristol, he says, “It's great to be able to show the students a city that I have come to know and love. The group are currently touring a number of universities around the UK to help make a decision about what their next step should be.
“At UWE Bristol we have developed a very close partnership with Covenant University over the past year. Africa is generally quite a new venture for us in terms of marketing our University but we have a strong connection with very senior posts at UWE being held by Nigerians.
“We want to share the benefits with the visitors and to encourage them to see what a wonderful place Bristol is to live in and the value UWE Bristol places on providing a rounded experience with plenty of real world benefits and opportunities."
The Nigerian graduates will tour the centre of Bristol and the University Campus where they will hear from a variety of speakers. They will also visit Rolls Royce.
Deinma hopes to study Information Technology, she commented “In Nigeria the Computing courses focus on networking or programming and I am more interested in the human element. We have been made very welcome at UWE where our stay has been well prepared. The accommodation is great; it has all you need and it is close to everything on campus.”
Jumoke hopes to study for a Masters in Computer Science and is also a graphic designer. She said: “I find UWE intriguing; I want to know all about it, what is behind every wall! There are so many facilities here inviting students to learn more.”
Jimi Ogunnusi continues, “We wanted to encourage the graduates from a range of disciplines to see how companies like Rolls Royce are not just interested in recruiting engineers and that there are opportunities to use skills in many areas including marketing, HR, business and so on.”
UWE Bristol has set up partnerships with a number of Nigerian institutions, including University of Ibadan, as well as venturing further into Africa, and aims to build on the partnership with Covenant University, and significantly contribute towards enhancing human capacity across Nigeria.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve West concludes, “It's great to welcome the graduates from Covenant University and we hope that they enjoy the time spent in Bristol. We are very keen to offer all UWE Bristol students an international dimension to their experience when they come to study here; this experience ranges from international placements to opportunities to develop strong friendships and working relationships with people from all over the globe. Our ties with West Africa have resulted in an increase of Nigerian students coming to the university. Tied in with longer established relationships in the Far East, South America and the US we can lay claim to being a truly global university.”