By Emmanuel Edukugho
One of Nigeria’s leading private secondary schools, Westminster College, Lagos, is commencing a university foundation programme in collaboration with the University of Buckingham, UK, starting this October 2009, for which it has taken admission drive to the South-South geo-political zone with Warri as the main centre.

Founder and Managing Director of Westminster College, Chief Johnson Barovbe (JP) said that with the recruitment drive for the foundation programme to Warri, “it is expected that parents whose children seek admission to the foundation course will meet us at Ishaka Hotel, by Refinery Road, Warri, on Friday, 16 October, 2009,” adding, “officials of Westminster College and University of Buckingham will be in attendance to handle all enquiries about the programme.”

Information will be given on course areas, tuition/boarding fees, visa, acceptability at Buckingham University on completion of the foundation course.

“The Warri recruitment centre in Delta will cater for the adjoining states of Edo, Rivers, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom. Parents from these places can come to Warri with their children from 10 am to 5 pm on 16th October.”
Barovbe referred to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed to run the university foundation programme at Westminster College, Lagos. In the MOU, it was agreed that students who finish the foundation programme here will have automatic admission into Buckingham University, UK, and complete their degree courses.

In respect of facilities, he disclosed that University  of Buckingham was satisfied with facilities at Westminster College.

“We have modern standard hostels, internet facility, computer laboratory, Physics, Chemistry and Biology Laboratories, good, decent, spacious lecture rooms, efficient power system, highly qualified teachers and conducive learning environment.”

As regards fees, thought was given to the global economic meltdown and its effects on Nigeria that has made it imperative and financially prudent to run the university foundation programme at Westminster College, Lagos.

“Fees are much cheaper to do the course here than travelling to UK. Whereas it will cost about N1,300,000 per session which can be paid twice including food and accommodation, going to UK will cost N4,316,000. For day students, it’s slightly above N1 million.”

On academic standards, Barovbe assured that Professors from University of Buckingham will frequently be coming down to see things for themselves so that standards are not compromised, do the marking and grading, set the examinations and issue the university certificates.

The CVs of teachers have been vetted and approved by Buckingham University. After the foundation, students are still expected to go to UK and finish up to earn their respective degrees.

Apart from the foundation programme, Westminster College will soon be a registered centre for the University of Cambridge International Examination, IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), and Advanced Level GCE.

Founded in 2000 and approved by the Lagos State Government to operate as a boarding and day college, it aims at the highest academic standards appropriate to the ability of each individual, which is being achieved through “small class sizes and employment of experienced and professionally qualified teachers.”

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