3 UNIZIK Graduate Get Chinese Government Master Scholarship

chinese government scholarshipFull Chinese government master scholarship has been awarded to three graduates of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State. They are among the total of 64 students, who were awarded different scholarships.

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International students told #YouAreWelcomeHere

The University of Hawaiʻi The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is part of a nationwide campaign to embrace international students. The marketing and social media effort, #YouAreWelcomeHere, features more than 200 universities and colleges.

The campaign started in November 2016 as a way to make international students feel welcome and reassure them that U.S. colleges and universities are friendly, safe and committed to international student development.

In UH Mānoa’s video, a diverse group of approximately 50 UH community members from 17 different countries exclaims: “You are welcome here!” It demonstrates the university’s commitment to providing a positive international program experience.

Countries represented in the video include New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, France, Russia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Slovenia, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Thailand, India, Serbia and Latvia.

“UH Mānoa has always been a campus that welcomes students from abroad. The cultural and ethnic diversity of the university and the state of Hawaiʻi represents great strengths, particularly in the current climate of heightened tension around immigration and international relations,” said R. Andy Sutton, School of Pacific and Asian Studies dean and assistant vice chancellor for international and exchange programs. “We’re proud to contribute to the national movement ‘YouAreWelcomeHere’ to express to the world that both students and faculty from all around the globe are welcome at UH Mānoa.

 

The direct economic impact of international students for Hawaiʻi, according to a 2017 survey by the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism, was an estimated $225.3 million. The other economic benefits, according to the survey, include $484 million added to the state’s total economic output, $32 million in state taxes generated, $192 million in household earnings and 5,093 jobs supported.

 

As of late August 2017, UH Mānoa had 938 international students, 519 of them graduate students, enrolled with student visas, and hopes to welcome more. 19 of these international students are from the six affected countries listed in the travel ban. For the 2018 spring semester, which begins in January 2018, the graduate division has already received 45 applications from international students, with three of those applications coming from nationals from the six affected countries.

Source: University of Hawaii News

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The Cycle of PhD-ing

We bring you this article, that high lights the toils of a PhD student. This focuses more on the relationship between the PhD student and his thesis supervisor.
Article was originally posted on Warwick Blog
I have an agreement with my supervisors that I hand i

n my work a week before supervision so they have time to comment and review. The day I have to hand it in is always clearly marked in my diary. For years now I don’t necessarily think in weeks or months, I think in supervision-to-supervision-periods. And the day I can hand in my work is the day I do what I do best: worry about what they are going to say. I know I am not alone in this. Many conversations with other PhD-students include the words supervisor, supervision, and revision. Surely, you know the sinking feeling when you find well-meant comments, all over what you thought was pretty decent writing.

I know what I want them to say. I just want them to say my work is brilliant. I want them to praise my ingenuity; I want them to be in awe of my genius. When they give me their comments I just want to see nothing other than little tick marks and scribbles saying ‘yes’, ‘good’, and ‘OK’. I want an overall message that I should never even think about changing anything in the text I wrote. Ever.

Everyone needs to dream!

In the real world I usually sit through two hours discussing their comments as they constructively point out every weakness in my work. Of course, there are some tick marks and some paragraphs have a scribbled ‘good’ next to it, but most of the document is drenched in comments. Sentences or words I worked hard to find are crossed out and rewritten. Although their overall comment usually mentions I have done well it is immediately followed with a general message of what needs to improve. And so far, I have not yet been called a genius. I know… shocking!

Rationally I know this is just how it works. I slave away for a few weeks, hand in my work and receive it back with comments to enhance what I have written and to develop my academic skills. It is the endless cycle, these are the inflexible pillars of the process of PhD-ing. But as hard as I try, I am not a very rational person. My emotions usually get in the way, until they take over entirely. I look at the comment-soaked pages and even though I tell myself this is what is supposed to happen, I cannot help but be a little sad… and a little irritated.

But as the PhD cycle restarts the moment I leave the professor’s office, I get back to work. I read every comment, edit the text, add bits here and delete sections there. And during my respectful approach, just once in a while I dare to cross off one of their comments as I mumble with great satisfaction: “That does not make sense”. As I move closer towards the day I have to hand in my work for the next supervision session, I realise that the piece I have been working on has indeed improved. The line of argument is now actually noticeable and the paragraphs are more focused and to the point.

I read through the text for the very last time and decide that it looks good. I press sent. Supervision is a week away. I try not to worry too much about what they will say and instead decide to try out one of those popular strategies to success: visualise your way to achieving your goals. As I stare into space I see myself walking into the office and even before I sit down they shower me with compliments. Do I hear you laughing? Never mind, for just one week I am allowing myself to dream my way to success. Soon enough supervision will do what it always does… put my feet firmly on solid ground. I guess visualising helps, but hard work will always remain the basis of PhD success.
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Postgraduate Admission in KNUST, Ghana

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Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) Ghana is seeking application from qualified candidates into its 2017/18 Masters and PhD programmes.

Admission of Candidates to Research or Higher Degree ( MSc/MFA/MA/MCOMM/MBA/EMBA/MPH/MPHARM/LLM/MPHIL/PhD) Programmes for 2017/2018 Academic Year.
GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
i. Masters Programmes
At the time of application, applicants should possess a Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent from a recognized Institution in the relevant field of study.  Preference will be given to applicants with a FIRST CLASS OR SECOND CLASS
ii. PhD Programmes
Candidates applying for Doctor of Philosophy degree must have aN MPhil degree or its equivalent from a recognized Institution and shall submit evidence of adequate training and ability to undertake the proposed programme.
DURATION OF PROGRAMME
Unless otherwise stated,
Masters Programmes (Full-Time) are of Two (2) Calendar Years and (Part-Time) Three (3) Calendar Years duration.
PhD Programmes (Full-Time) are of Four (4) Calendar Years and (Part-Time) are of Five (5) Calendar Years duration.
For Nigerians & Other International Applicants:
  1. All International Applicants must apply online. International applicants who are admitted will be required to pay an application fee of USD 200.00 (approx. 80,000 naira) before registration.
  2. Application process is online, and can be done outside Ghana. Click to begin knust pg application.
  3. Note to click on theinternational login button.
  4. Download 2017/18 KNUST Postgraduate brochure here
  5. After the online application process has been completed, candidates must print out 3 copies of the completed application form from the portal and submit them (by post) to the School of Graduate Studies along with all relevant documents (Photocopies of Certificates, Recommendation Letters, and [Transcript for those attending KNUST for the first time]) to the following address:                               The Secretary,                                 School of Graduate Studies.      KNUST.                                         Kumasi-Ghana
  6. Deadline for the submission of application forms is 25th April, 2017.  Application forms submitted after the deadline will not be processed.
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POSTGRADUATE STUDIES ABROAD: EXPECTATION VS REALITY

Deciding to study abroad is one of the most important decisions you will have made in you life so far. The truth is, living abroad is a wonderful experience, but it is often surrounded by numerous assumptions. While many of them are true, some are very

far from it. Only if you have a clear mind about the ‘expectations and realities’, you can make your abroad experience live up to its hype! Here we take a look at some of the assumptions about studying and living abroad – and what the reality may in fact be…

I’M GOING TO HAVE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS
In truth people rarely find a bunch of friends immediately after moving to a new place. Do not rush things, there is something people call a ‘culture shock’ and you will probably have to go through this period at the beginning of your new journey. In reality, the majority of students that move overseas for their studies make their first friendships with people from their home city or at least with those they share some common geographical ground with. It is long after that they step out of this comfort zone and allow themselves to interact with people who came from other parts of the world. It is a good idea to try and make contacts before you move to your new country.
I WILL SOUND LIKE A NATIVE SPEAKER IN THREE MONTHS
Many researchers have pointed out to the fact that people can learn a language much, much easier if they are directly exposed to it. However, we are all aware that every language has many different dialects. So, if you are expecting that you will master the language quickly you are likely to be disappointed. You may be able to learn the language or even become fluent in it, but you will need much more than a couple months – or even a couple of years – to sound like a native. Additionally, studying abroad usually means being in contact with people from all over the world. Therefore you will be greatly exposed to other languages, which is amazing, but it is yet another reason why you will not be able to completely immerse in the language of the country you are residing in.
I WILL PARTY ALL THE TIME AND EVERY DAY WILL BE AN ADVENTURE
Sorry to say this, but as a postgrad student your studies will be more time consuming than you think – allowing little time for partying, and every day will not be an adventure unless you see the library as something adventurous. The main reason why you are abroad is to study and as a postgraduate student there will be many days that you’ll have to spend in the library. Although every postgraduate program is different, they all have one thing in common, you need to study a lot.

I WILL GET A JOB IMMEDIATELY AFTER I FINISH MY STUDIES

Everyone thinks that other countries work better than their own. Even though this is true sometimes, no country is the ‘perfect land of opportunities’. If you decide to study abroad, do not think that people will be waiting for you in front of the university right after you graduate to offer you a job. It is you who will have to run around and look for a job yourself. And in most cases, you would have to start as an intern and prove what you have learned.

I WILL HAVE THE TIME OF MY LIFE!

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Meet the Most Educated Nigerian: 6 Masters, 3 PhDs and Counting

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Nigerians are the third most educated immigrants by college degree in the United States, behind the Chinese and Indians. A Nigerian Osatohanmwen Osemwengie (Osato for short) is blazing the trail in the field and academia.

Dr. Osato has 6 Masters degrees and 3 Doctorates, yes, you heard right! The amazing thing is, Osato isn’t stopping, infact he is on his postgraduate program, 7th master degree in January 2017, at University of Texas at Dallas.
Well, before you conclude, Osato is a jerk, piling certificates….Nah. Dr. Osato has achieved alot in the field of engineering, business and philantropy.
Dr. Osato is a robotics engineer par excellence. He has worked with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and has succeeded in sending drones to different planets, Mars and Jupiter inclusive.
His impact is felt in the military and security fields. A drone company founded by him has alliance with the US Army.Where did he bag those postgraduate degrees? You may ask….

  1. Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati.
  2. Master’s degree in software engineering at Regis University.
  3. Master’s degree in Information Systems at the Keller Graduate School of Management.
  4. MBA from Ohio state university.
  5. Currently, undergoing a Masters programme at University of Texas
  6. Currently, a PhD, also at University of Texas.
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