The Chancellor of Ballsbridge University, British Virgin Islands, Prof. Idahosa Charles, says foreign institutions are bridging the gap in the admission demand of Nigerian youths.
According to Charles, represented by Prof. Simon Emeje, millions of Nigerian youths seek admission and cannot get placement every year. “So, foreign institutions are helping to solve the problem.”
He spoke at the 2023 convocation ceremony of Ballsbridge University, where the institution awarded 27 PhDs, first degrees to six graduates, and honorary doctorates to nine individuals.
Charles commended the graduates for completing their programmes and acknowledged that their degrees were a ticket to their success in this harsh economy.
“The economy is driven by knowledge-based people. We need graduates in this field to drive the economy,” said Charles. “Only 20 per cent of entrepreneurs have the knowledge of what they are doing. Many business enterprises shut down because the owners don’t know what they are into.”
In his remarks, the event’s chairman, Prof. Joseph Adebayo, said that having attended one of the best universities, the graduates were prepared to face the future.
The convocation lecturer, Dr. Kayode Chukwuemeka, said, “I have hope that with your knowledge, our broken reality can be fixed. Your measure of knowledge is not based on degrees or titles you have.”
In his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of Divine Doxology Global Limited, Prof. Abba Joel Michael, described the convocation as an epoch-making event, which represents a milestone of his firm efforts to boost the process of admission placement for candidates who desire to study in local and foreign universities under their open and distance learning courses.
He stated that Ballsbridge University is a reputable institution recognised globally with presence and accreditation in many countries.
One of the graduates, Chibunbu Patrick Onyema, said the online programme was easy, stating, “Four years is four years. No delay and unlike students of the conventional university, who spend more years.”
Onyema, who bagged BSc Nursing Science, said he intends to go for masters in Health Information Management.
Another graduate of Nursing Science, Loveth Joseph Udo said that it took her four years to earn the degree and that it wasn’t stressful because from birth she has been eager to serve humanity.
Ekpo Uyime Ekpeyong said she was introduced to the online programme and has informed many who are already students.