Nigeria occupies the fifth position of countries with the highest international student population in Ukraine, Eastern Europe’s second largest country.
Ukraine’s education economy earns an estimated N14 billion annually from Nigerians alone.
Data gleaned from the Ukraine Centre for International Education shows that there are 4,379 Nigerian students in the country, most of them studying medicine-related courses.
This is not unconnected to the instability in Nigeria’s education system, especially with frequent industrial actions by the workers’ unions, both academic and non-academic.
Since February 14, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the umbrella for lecturers across public universities in the country, have embarked on an industrial action, which has now been extended for the next three months.
To compound an already terrible situation in Nigeria’s education sector, other workers’ unions in the universities under the aegis of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) on Monday commenced a two-week warning strike.
Apart from industrial actions, Nigerian tertiary institutions also suffer from dearth of teaching and learning facilities, with the striking workers unions insisting that more than N1 trillion would be needed to fix the rot in the institutions.
At the close of the filing of applications for the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations for 2022, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board recently announced that it received applications from over 1.8 million candidates who are struggling for the limited carrying capacity of Nigerian universities.
Based on the calculation by the Ukrainian centre, each international student in the country spends an average of 6,000 to 8,000 dollars annually.
The platform further noted that based on the figure, Nigerian students in Ukraine spend annually between 26 and 35 million dollars, an equivalent of between N10.8 and N14.5 billion based on N415 per dollar exchange rate at Nigeria’s official market.
According to Erudera, a huge number of Nigerian students study General Medicine – MBBS, Dentistry, Doctor of Pharmacy, Nursing, and postgraduate studies in Medicine in Ukraine.
The platform also noted that Nigerian students are known to be among the best students, out of all foreign students studying general medicine programmes at national medical universities.
According to StudyinUkraine.SITE, tuition fees for MBBS range from $4,000 to $5,000 per year in Ukraine; $15,000 to $60,000 in the UK; $15,000 to $75,000 in the US; $20,000 to $90,000 in Canada; and $25,000 to $75,000 in Australia.