By Titus Ominde and Barnabas Bii
Kenya has been registering an increased number of students enrolling for further education in foreign universities. Industry players have indicated that prior to Covid-19, the number of Kenyan students seeking to join foreign colleges increased by about 30 percent annually.
Ms Stella Githaiga, a programme manager at UniAbroad-IDP IELTS, attests to high numbers when she says: “For the more than 10 years we have been in existence, we have been able to help more than 300 students annually to secure admission in various institutions….”
While there was a general lull during the Covid-19 peak period, the interest is bouncing back, as confirmed by the heavy attendance of students at a recent study abroad fair hosted in Eldoret town in Kenya’s North Rift region.
UniAbroad-IDP IELTS was among the placement agencies that participated actively at the well-attended fair, holding discussions with continuous streams of students visiting their space. The agency is recognised for assisting students to secure admission even in some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning globally.
According to Ms Githaiga, most foreign institutions have three intakes annually, therefore offering prospective students flexible opportunities to enrol.
Speaking at the fair in Eldoret on April 22, 2022 during an interview with students from Kenya’s North Rift seeking guidance, Ms Githaiga cautioned against dubious agents that con parents and students out of money.
She said genuine organisations such as UniAbroad-IDP IELTS are out to help local students secure placement in international institutions and are not money-oriented. “Our organisation does not charge a fee to help students get placement in international universities or colleges,” she pointed out.
To be able to serve more prospective students in different parts of the country, her organisation, she revealed, plans to open offices in at least 10 out of the country’s 47 counties to enable more local students to join international learning institutions of their choice.
Students from Eldoret who attended the April 22-23 fair said they yearned to join international universities to get the opportunity to explore the world through education and acquire skills they could use to contribute to economic growth in Kenya.
“Studying in an international university gives one the opportunity to interact with students from other countries, hence one is exposed to positive cultural diversity, which has the potential of contributing to positive growth and exchange programmes to spur local economies, among other things,” said Sharon Chebet, a former student at Moi Girls, Eldoret. She wants to study nursing in Australia.
Tony Kipkoech, who completed his secondary education at Alliance High School, wants to join an international university because of his desire to explore available opportunities in the wider global space. He believes studying abroad would offer him the necessary exposure.
UniAbroad-IDP IELTS connects students with universities in Canada, UK, USA, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, UAE and Malaysia, among other countries.
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