Olashore students set for study tour at Lancaster UniversityWritten by The Neighbourhood
Students from Olashore International School are set for a study tour to the University of Lancaster in the United Kingdom. The study tour is in partial fulfilment of the Lancaster University Foundation Programme (LUFP) qualification for students of the school.
Expected to hold between March 5th and 19th, it is expected that polish the students a part of their overall academic development. During the visit to the institution, the Olashore students, will interact with taster lectures, get orientation about degree programmes, familiarize themselves with their future course and careers, meet other students, learn about British culture and customs, handle the currency, use public transport, taste British cuisine, shop and experience the social, cultural and political life in the UK, amongst others. During the two weeks visit to the UK, the LUFP students will also participate in community development and volunteering programme which will further develop their transition to independence.
As part of its offerings to give its graduating students the best education and a platform for smooth transition into universities abroad, Olashore International School established Lancaster University Foundation Programme in 2007 after signing a partnership with the Lancaster University in the UK to provide seamless transition of its students from WASSCE to UK universities.
The purpose of the Foundation programme, the school explained, “ is to provide students with the necessary skills needed to go on to study for an undergraduate Bachelor Degree at Lancaster or any UK University.”
To be qualified for the study tour, students would spend one year at Olashore International School, Nigeria and three years at Lancaster University or any university in the UK. The Lancaster University Foundation Programme (LUFP) welcomed its first students in October 2007 and has had over 100 students join universities across the UK and beyond.
Some of the unique features of the Olashore Lancaster Foundation programme include study skill sessions, academic and cultural orientation trip to UK universities, opportunity to apply to five UK universities, guaranteed progression to UK universities, visa processing support, ensuite accommodation amidst safe and serene learning environment.
According to the Programme Coordinator, Mr H.B. Rufai, “The Olashore foundation programme is well-known, approved and accepted by UK universities. Lecturers from Lancaster University visit Nigeria in November and June for an intensive study skills sessions during the one year programme at Olashore. Applicants must have completed secondary education with good grades in WASSCE before they can enrol for the one year foundation programme, and when the programme is half way, the students are taken abroad for taster lectures, volunteering programs and community development. There are three choices of pathways for every student. These are Business & Management; Science & Computing and Literary & Social Studies. Every student is required to offer core modules and also choose any three subjects from the pathway subjects depending on their career intentions, Olashore Foundation programme is cheap as compared to other foundation programs in Nigeria and it is a fraction of the cost of doing similar programme in the UK, ” he added.
The school principal, Mr D.K. Smith, emphasized on the essence of the Lancaster University Foundation Programme (LUFP). According to him, “The idea of the Lancaster Foundation came up after working in affiliation with Lancaster for few years, under the leadership of the former principal. The essence is to allow for easy and smooth transition from here in Lancaster University or any University in the UK through the help of this foundation programme. Lancaster University has existed for more than 50 years now, and has progressed to being one of the top 10 universities in the UK consistently. Based on the award we got in year 2015 that has positioned Olashore as one of the ten top schools here in Nigeria, we want to affiliate ourselves with top schools. Transiting from secondary school to universities in big cities may prove difficult but Lancaster University Foundation programme at Olashore has made it smooth and effective, so that it is not new to them. Students are under normal circumstances, expected to go through the UK central admission system of universities in the UK and make selections. But one great thing about Lancaster is that it is one of the top schools in the UK and so if you have the foundation guarantee, gaining admission to other universities will be smooth and easy.
“Not only do we develop student’s academic and language proficiency but we also provide students with opportunities to expand and enhance their study skills, attributes and personal development which enable our students to get most from future university experience. Our method of teaching is similar to the UK universities and includes lectures, seminars, projects, tutorials and personal tutor system. This method allows students to experience small teaching groups, providing a level of contact with teaching staff and fulfilling a level of independent study within their career pathway modules. This academic session, we directed more attention to independent based research and academic writing through projects which include British Culture, Lancaster project, Data Analysis and Case Study. Study skills sessions will be used this session to enhance students’ knowledge on referencing, plagiarism avoidance and academic integrity”, he x-rayed.