No UK work visa for African universities graduates

[SIZE=7]No UK work visa for African universities graduates[/SIZE]

By Hilary Kimuyu
Nation Media Group
The United Kingdom (UK) is set to offer work visas to graduates from some of the world’s best universities but no African schools are included in the list of eligible institutions.

Under the scheme announced last month, graduates with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from the top 50 universities abroad can apply for a two-year work visa and will be allowed to bring family members with them. Those who receive doctorates can apply for a three-year visa.
The exclusion of African learning institutions has led to some complaints that African talent is being excluded - though Africans who have attended the listed universities will be able to apply.

The work visa is aimed at people who have graduated in the past five years from one of what are often regarded as the world’s top universities and is an expansion of its post-Brexit immigration system that is designed to attract the “best and brightest” workers.
To qualify, a person must have attended a university that appeared in the top 50 of at least two of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings, or The Academic Ranking of World Universities in the year they graduated.
The most recent list of eligible universities from 2021, published online by the UK government, comprises more than two dozen US universities, as well as institutions in Canada, Japan, Germany, China, Singapore, France and Sweden.
No African university is on the latest eligibility list, nor on lists for previous years.
“These ratings are based on criteria that favour universities which have been around for hundreds of years and have access to a lot of funding,” Amina Ahmed El-Imam at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria told the New Scientist magazine.

The decision to exclude graduates from African universities has been criticized.
“To exclude an entire continent brimming over with the enormous creative and intellectual energies of its youth on the basis of its absence from arbitrary, culturally biased, abuse-prone university rankings is shortsighted…Several unranked African universities have produced, and continue to produce, some of the brightest minds in the world,” Professor Farooq Kperogi of the Kennesaw State University, Georgia told CNN.
“University rankings are a Euro-American obsession. They are no more than perceptions of institutional prestige and name recognition…which do not necessarily reflect quality,” Kperogi added.
Irina Filatova, an emeritus professor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, told CNN that the ranking system was “skewed in favor of English language and technological universities.”
“It is good that universities compete, but the problem is that the system of ranking is skewed in favor of English language and technological universities. If you look at the top universities, they are the best in technology,” Filatova said.
Association of African Universities (AAU) secretary general Professor Olusola Oyewole was quoted saying by Mail and Guardian: “I believe Britain is unfair to African graduates, using the ranking of universities as a criterion for engagements.” He added, “The UK is wrong to assume that graduates from high-ranking universities are more skilled than graduates from Africa.”

Oyewole said with the right facilities, funding and conducive environments, African graduates can be resilient, resourceful and highly innovative in the world of work.
The University of Nairobi was ranked Number 1 in Kenya, 11th in Africa and in the 501-600 category globally among the best universities by Times Higher Education (THE) in the World Universities Ranking 2022 report.
This was a significant improvement from last year’s ranking, in which UoN emerged 601-800.
In Africa, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University – both in South Africa, are the best-rated institutions in the continent, according to the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings data.
However, none of them are listed in the top 50 or 100 rankings of the top global rating agencies.
Cape Town ranks a distant 183 on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022, followed by Stellenbosch, which ranks between 251-300.

In addition to this: We have around 70 public and private universities in Kenya today. Are we creating jobs that can absorb all these graduates? Why not produce more graduates in TVET, and in sectors where we can absorb our labour force? Do not talk about jua kali self-employment things for these do not require diplomas for the majority but technical skills… Normally graduates are required for planning and management not for kazi ya mkono… Now, most of these graduates are performing tasks that Diploma holders and even certificate holders would gladly excel in!

Hapa nayo, we should shit on our shitty (mis) leaders and not UK. Ghasia are looting left, right and center and carting that money away to UK to keep for them alafu pia wanataka UK iabsorb their peasants? Hapo no. Our fossilized geezers should be beaten to their senses until they invest in educational facilities that would help graduates become competitive worldwide. South Korea and Singapore did it.

(On the other hand, UK simply picked high IQ countries with a base minimum IQ of 100+ :D:D:D, Nyeusi nyinyi na average ya 70, poleni. This world is cruel)

U serious black IQ is 70?

Rather, they should make it possible to set up factories and service centres that serve the world in Kenya, Africa. Not everybody is meant to be a University graduate to thrive… University is not meant to boost the skills required for most tasks at hand… We are producing too many designers/ planners thereby creating an unstable pyramid of too many top heavy fellows… Just like medicine, if you go to a hospital, you require one doctor to possibly 10 nurses or even 1 doctor to 30 nurses… (hypothetical ratio)… Now, if you produce 20 doctors and 20 nurses how do you expect that not do destabilize the market? The doctors will start doing what your normal nurse does… If you go to a factory, there is a maximum number of managers such an establishment requires… Now, if you overproduce these managers, they will still get employed but will be demoralized and perform dismally… because they will be doing kazi ya mkono whereas they were trained to manage/ supervise and plan…

Uliza @Sambamba. He is quite sharp in that area. The last time I checked, the highest AVERAGE IG in SSA was South Africa at 84, Kenya had 75, Nigeria 67, lowest was in either in DRC or Botswana at sth like 33 or there about.

Exactly, hapa umegonga ndipo 100%. The plain truth that these misleaders need to hear. Manufacturing phase inaeza tuokolea sana.

Of course, we do not have leaders but selfish, greedy beasts… it is about them and themselves only and any policy decision is tweaked to achieve that…

So we produce dimwits???

Brave new world needs self innovators…who can 3 D design a jet ski for the weekend…u need physics, chem, math, architectural, code, research skills…that polyteknik mekanic can’t handle…smart cars will be fixed by someone who thinks semi- conductor ni kumuita makanga nusu…ama see me makanga…una jokes

We’re we 254 to harness our resources…human not physical …Kila mtu anakula UBI…

You do not require university degrees for what you have posted… Those are skills not intellectual knowledge that universities aim for… You get those vocational skills from tertiary colleges… What we need to do is to ensure that our tertiary colleges are properly equipped…

On this one I am ambivalent

What’s important is you learn how to learn…thats it…college gives you false confidence that you will be it…

…you may be right…yet college is where you kinda grow up…where kid meets adult (mentally)

Tertiary colleges and universities are expected to produce different workers… In Kenya we require over 95% from these colleges because that is where most jobs are… Now with this UK Ban, it also means that we cannot train for the advanced markets. BTW this is not new… A Kenyan degree has always had very little value in USA… They value certificates acquired there than a UON degree

Kenyan graduates are useless.
Who wants to go to the UK anyway? Save yourself the trouble, it;s a shithole.

Of course…not…London is one of the finest cities …darn expensive…but ukijua Brixton market et al…uko poa

BTW are there Kenyans practising law in British courts having graduated from UK?

Of course…na sio wachache…London is where world meets u n u meet world…only in london is diversity exemplified…queen and her monarchy wizi…made it so

With 70 Universities in Kenya, you can be 100% sure that most of the degrees produced are of inferior quality…

My personal experience…hesabu ya AP high skul for average student…US…ni mtu amesoma x4…kuliko top KCSE guru…china ni kama x6…u know this immediately you meet in college…they skip basic classes…you need to start from scratch…heck Zimbabweans surprised me…wako way advanced in their basic ed…same as SAfricans…

8-4-4 was designed for very basic learning…the literature even…Kenya unasoma setbook mbili four years…hapa kids chambua setbook every week

Let’s not beat around the bush guys. Kenyan graduates are useless. Finance class ya K.U. ni ya 1990 and am not joking.

Nani aliroga Kenya? I have worked with Zimbabwe and Ivory Coast guys in some projects and there is no denying that they are better trained.