These were some of the comments posted on the British Council ‘Study in the UK’ Facebook page by satisfied people who had just attended the 2012 edition of the annual Education UK Exhibition organised the British Council in Nigeria.
“Excellent Exhibition!” – Adebayo Abiodun
“Just back from the Exhibition, it was really nice.” – Olorunfemi Abosede Abolaji
“I was there today. Great!” – Igboroodowo Babatunde Olamide
“Just back from the Exhibition…I really thank you guys for coming down to Nigeria…see you at the top!” – Tunrayo Animashaun
The event, which held this year on the 16th and 17th February at the prestigious New Expo Centre of the Eko Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria, had over 1400 participants visiting the exhibition.
So why was the British Council Exhibition so useful to Nigerians? The answer lies in a number of areas. Key of this is the economic environment within which Nigerians find themselves. The terrain is tough and the job market is one where competition for quality jobs is very aggressive.
People therefore need to constantly differentiate and improve themselves in order to get ahead. The opportunity to get a degree from a UK institution, which is considered high quality education, therefore presents an opportunity that people want to grasp where possible. The chance to also escape partially from the stress of survival even for a year in the UK is also added incentive.
At the 2012 Exhibition, over 1,400 participants were present to find out what opportunities the UK Education system had to offer them. With representatives from over 60 UK Universities present, they were not disappointed.
Participants got the opportunity to sit face to face with University representatives and discuss their careers goals, and get great advice from the representatives on what would be their best course of action in terms of education.
While some looked to take a break and study physically at a UK university, others sought to take advantage of online degrees and short term professional development courses to improve their careers. The High School students were also not left out with a number of schools coming in to discuss with the UK Colleges present.
Course options, living in the UK, Scholarships opportunities and Visa application processes were some of the key topics discussed with the delegates at the event.
Many of the representatives from the UK universities were satisfied with the quality of people who attended the exhibition, going back with very good leads they could follow up on. Others however would have wanted higher numbers of visitors present.
The lower numbers at the exhibition was largely caused by the current unstable socio-economic environment in the country. The Education Exhibition had originally been planned for both Lagos and Abuja. However, the Abuja leg was cancelled due to security issues in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Despite this, the British Council Education Exhibitions in Nigeria continue to be the largest gathering of UK institutions, interested audiences and potential students in all of Africa and is a major event that Nigerians look forward to.
Cross section of participants at the event
Delegates responding to participants
Colleges with students
Akin Alamu, Project Manager for the Exhibition
Press Briefing on Exhibition
Media at Press Briefing