Because of their commitment and contribution to the student community, the management of Nottingham Trent University have chosen Nine Nigerian students to become the first ambassadors for Africa.
According to the Nottingham Trent University representative for Africa, Ms Selma Toohey, this is a very special achievement.
“Only a small, exclusive group of students were selected. They have been recognized as positive role models for future students. Nottingham Trent University has over 26,000 students so this is a very special achievement. We are very proud of them,” she said .
Being part of the scheme is particularly significant, as the university recently won two high-profile awards: the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education and the Whatuni Student Choice Award 2016 for the best UK university for international students.
When asked about the Whatuni Student Choice Award, Fike, who is studying BA (Hons) Business, commented: “It’s amazing to be studying at the best UK university for international students! My family and I are so proud to be associated with Nottingham Trent University.”
The ambassadors took part in an advertising campaign across Nigeria and saw their faces and stories appear across a range of media. They had the chance to tell their success stories to students all over Africa.
A few of the ambassadors who graduated in July and returned to Nigeria had the opportunity to continue their role when they joined Ms Selma Toohey on her visit to Nigeria.
They had the chance to speak directly to students thinking about embarking on education in the UK. It was a big hit with students considering their education future to have the opportunity to be mentored by fellow Nigerians who have successfully completed their studies at the university.
Kehinde Oredipe, who studied MSc Human Resource Management, said: “Nottingham Trent University is a great institution to be associated with; a community that embraces everyone irrespective of culture or background. I was lucky to study at the university alongside three of my sisters. I am now working at FUTA and putting into practice the skills I learned at the university. My sisters and I are pleased to be back in Nigeria and contributing back to our country.”
Tosin Oredipe, an MSc Economics graduate said: “I did my degree at a university in London and came to Nottingham Trent University to study a masters in economics. My twin sisters study here and my eldest sister is joining in September so we are a true Nottingham Trent University family! We’re all proud to be ambassadors.”
The University said it hopes that the ambassadors will inspire students from all over Africa to become part of this scheme in the future.