Meet Dr. Nolubabalo Unati Nqebelele, the first black woman a PhD in Internal Medicine in South Africa. Dr. Nolubabalo’s life is an inspiration to all hard working and disadvantaged postgraduate students. Her life is a motivation, and a clear testament of what a determined heart can achieve against all odds. Continue reading “FIRST BLACK WOMAN BAGS A PHD IN INTERNAL MEDICINE”
Happy new year! From Postgraduate Nigeria, its better late than never. So happy 2018 once again, sorry for the absence. Surely this year will be greater than the previous by Gods grace. But we have to make it happen, specifically in terms of chasing your Postgraduate goals. Now is the time to plan and strategize for the long year ahead. This is beyond resolutions and cheap wishes. To advance in your postgraduate course/path, you must have 2018 postgraduate goals. That brings the question
WHAT ARE YOUR 2018 POSTGRADUATE GOALS?
It won’t be a bad idea to know what goals are, before narrowing down. Goals are stated statements of intended actions. It is a TO-DO list. Thus, 2018 Postgraduate goals are actions and achievements that should have been accomplished by year end 2018. It is best written down or typed into soft copy. The 2018 Postgraduate goals should inspire and motivates you to drive Continue reading “How to Set and Achieve Your 2018 Postgraduate Goals”
An academic position in a higher institution of learning is arguably one of the best career path. Apart from the not-too-bad financial rewards (which is probably, what you thought is most important, dead wrong!), there is a prestige is being called an Academic. Holding Continue reading “How to get the Dream Lecturing Job: What No one Told You”
Experience has shown that the most important part of any postgraduate study is your thesis. Some times called project work in Nigeria, your journey to a postgraduate degree is not complete without the some times tough stretch of producing a thesis.
A thesis (project or dissertation) is an extremely long essay, Continue reading “Needed: Thesis Supervisors that are Mentors”
The vice-chancellor of the University of Port Harcourt, Ndowa Lale said this at the 31st convocation news briefing in Port Harcourt, Rivers state that the conferment of degrees, higher degrees, diploma, certificates and prizes will hold at the university from March 24 to March 25.
The convocation was across 10 faculties and drawn from 2014 to 2016 academic sessions.
The convocation kicked-off with a lecture titled “The Mandate of Higher Educational Institutions and Global Expectations”, by Jonas Redwood-Sawyer, vice-chancellor of University of Sierra Leone and chairman of the board of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on March 23.
Postgraduate Nigeria big congrats to all convocants.
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.
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.
- Doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Cincinnati.
- Master’s degree in software engineering at Regis University.
- Master’s degree in Information Systems at the Keller Graduate School of Management.
- MBA from Ohio state university.
- Currently, undergoing a Masters programme at University of Texas
- Currently, a PhD, also at University of Texas.