As ASUU Strike Persists, Over 400 Nigerians Graduate From US Online Universities

Over 400 Nigerian students have graduated from Oxford University (NXU), an American online university, for the 2021 to 2022 session.

The online university according to Country Director, Olamidun Majekodunmi-Ogundoyin was launched in the country in 2019 and has since enrolled over 3,000 learners in Nigeria.

Although the university has said it does not see itself as a beneficiary of the ongoing protracted strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), it has acknowledged that it has seen significant growth in applications during the strike.

In her remarks on Saturday at a graduation ceremony held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, Ms Ogundoyin noted that the American university has partnered with more than 50 organizations, graduated more than 600 alumni and enrolled approximately 700 full or partial scholarship holders.

NXU Country Director for Nigeria, Olamidun Majekodunmi-Ogundoyin

She said: “Today’s event is extremely exciting. It marks a milestone in the brand and the education system in Nigeria. This means several things.

“First, the fact that we can authorize and admit multiple students ranging in the thousands to enter and enroll in an online program that is very unconventional and very untraditional.

“Here in Nigeria. Today, over 400 students have graduated and we have enrolled over 3,000 in Nigeria alone. That says something for the future of education here in Nigeria.

Regarding affordability, the online university noted on its official website that students can pay monthly tuition, $90 per month for Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and $180 per month for a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

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In his keynote address, the Country Director of DAI, an international development organization, Joe Abah, urged graduates to keep learning to acquire more skills to give them better chances with employers.

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“So the higher your degree the better your chances, unfortunately the world is just wired that way so give yourself as many chances as you can,” he said.

Also speaking at the ceremony, CEO and Founder of Metro Africa Xpress (MAX.ng), Nexford University alumnus Adetayo Bamiduro advised graduates to leverage the knowledge gained to create value in the society.

“It’s about leveraging that knowledge, that experience, to create real meaningful value for ourselves and for society as a whole,” he noted.

NXU Duration

Ms. Majekodunmi-Ogundoyin explained that the length of the NXU program depends on the students and it compares to traditional universities. She said her bachelor’s degree lasts three years.

She said: “So the Nexford degree you get is in your hands, so you have the flexibility to move as quickly or as slowly as you want.

“On average, our bachelor’s degree takes about three years to complete compared to traditional universities

“And for the masters program, it’s the Masters in Business Administration (MBA), you can complete it in around 18 months on average but then again, some finish in less than 12 to 14 months, while some others finish a little later if they work or do something else at the same time.

Speaking about the university system and its benefits for students, its founder and executive director, Fadl AlTarzi, said the system has been structured to equip students with the skills to meet employers’ expectations.

Founder and CEO of Nexford University, Fadl AlTarzi
Founder and CEO of Nexford University, Fadl AlTarzi

He said, “You know, the world is moving virtually, it’s a global grid right now. If you are on the grid, you will be able to access career opportunities by equipping yourself with the skills you need.

“Employers in the US, UK, Australia and all over the world are looking for talent like we have in Nigeria because there is a shortage of talent in other markets.

“There is an abundance of talent here. What they need are the right skills to get ahead. Thus, you are no longer limited by your physical location today.

Regarding the admissions process, he said, “We have a simple admissions process. It is fair and equitable. Anyone applying to Nexford will get a decision within two to three days.

“You must have prior training and a minimum level of English proficiency to equip yourself to succeed at Nexford.

How the ASUU strike is contributing to growth

The university’s management said that while it is not happy with the ongoing industrial action by university professors, it has seen significant growth in enrollment during the strike.

“You know, we have grown every year, we have doubled and tripled our student base every year, the ASUU strike has also certainly contributed to growth, but we grew before the strike and we will continue to grow after strike.

NXU Leadership Team during the 2022 Graduation Ceremony held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos
NXU Leadership Team during the 2022 Graduation Ceremony held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos

“Well, we don’t see ourselves as the beneficiaries of this strike, you know, the strike is hurting students all over Nigeria and it is not in the interest of our sector,” Ms Majekodunmi-Ogundoyin said.

She gave the example of a student who joined Nexford after spending two years at a Nigerian public university.

Asked about Nexford’s relationship with the Nigerian Ministry of Education, the CEO and Country Director said there was no formal collaboration with the ministry.


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As an American university, they explained that they are licensed and accredited in the United States and the United Kingdom, so being an online university has “allowed Nexford to be accessible to any learner around the world.”

Mr. Abah also denounced the ongoing ASUU strike, noting that the strike is detrimental to the Nigerian education system and the youth.

“It affects their progression and their career. And it’s totally unfair to the students,” he said.

From OAU to Nexford

In an interview with one of the first-class MBA graduates, Tosin Nathaniel-Luz, who earned her first law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University (OUA), said that the program at NXU led her to a “higher level” because she is now more equipped with digital skills because the courses were more practical than theoretical.

“Initially I had the mindset that it was just an online school that shouldn’t take me so much but honestly I was shocked because it was quite overwhelming and I learned a lot , it’s more than the usual theory, it was practical.

“I did a lot of self-study, I learned a lot of new tools, online tools, different apps, and, we took an online exam, and the exam was supervised, yes, an online exam where you can’t even malpractice the exam because the computer is watching you.

She also noted that her interest in business led her to apply for the NXU MBA program and that she had studied more than at OAU, where she obtained an upper second class grade.

“I was always entrepreneurial throughout my studies and always got a 2.1 CGPA, but I did a lot more at NXU and got a 4.0 CGPA.

“And I think that’s an achievement and I’m very proud of myself because I didn’t think it was possible,” she said.

Speaking on the duration of the MBA program, she said she had spent two years due to other commitments and confirmed that the tuition was monthly.

“I spent two years actually from 2020 to 2022 because I took breaks but I know colleagues who said they were done in six months.

“You can go at your own pace and it’s a monthly payment, you don’t have to pay it all at once.”

In his comment, Oyo State Assembly Speaker Adebo Ogundoyin praised the university for providing Nigerian students with an alternative to earning degrees.

“I can see a bright future for Nexford, I expected it to be a more conservative program but to my surprise I see a lot of graduates, I see the future is bright for Nexford University.

“I especially appreciate that they are mixing technology into education which is the future because we all know ASUU has been on strike for endless months and state governments would urge them to put end the strike, but with this platform there is a way for higher education students,” he said.


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