The Nigerian government adopted tertiary education as a mechanism for development and largely controls it. According to the Nigerian University Commission (2019) presently, there are 43 federal universities, 48 state universities, 79 private universities, to suit all higher educational needs for the country, and are effectively governed by the NUC, with the main functions of; Granting approval for all academic programmes run in Nigerian universities; Granting approval for the establishment of all higher educational institutions offering degree programmes in Nigerian universities; Ensure quality assurance of all academic programmes offered in Nigerian universities; and Channel for all external support to the Nigerian universities.
According to studylocalnigeria (2019), Nigeria offers a wide variety of courses which include; courses in Agriculture & Forestry; Applied Sciences & Professions; Arts, Design & Architecture; Business & Management; Computer Science & IT; Education & Training; Engineering & Technology; Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences; Hospitality, Leisure & Sports; Humanities; Journalism & Media; Law; Medicine, Health & Safety; Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Social Sciences; Strategic, Leadership and Governance; and Aerospace and Aviation studies. To decide which interest area you require to meet your professional needs. Studying abroad allows the opportunity to see the world; take in a new culture; Hone Your Language Skills; Career Opportunities; Find New Interests; Make Lifelong Friends; Personal Development; Graduate School Admissions; Life Experience but it will lead the student to be alone, reality will disappoint the student, nothing will be free, losing of a year if credits earned abroad might not count towards your degree, sometime the reverse culture might shock the student, and feeling home sick.
The International Education Database (2018) ranked Nigeria as 185 on impact its` education system has had in stabilizing their economy, and in developing their social environment. According to the UNIRANK (2018) the top ten universities in Nigeria are:
1. University of Lagos (world ranking 1135)
2. Ahmadu Bello University (world ranking 1189)
3. University of Ibadan (world ranking 1311)
4. University of Nigeria Nsukka (world ranking 1750)
5. University of Ilorin (world ranking 2002)
6. Obafemi Awolowo University (world ranking 2191)
7. Federal University of Technology, Minna (world ranking 3438)
8. Covenant University (world ranking 3941)
9. Federal University of Technology, Akure (world ranking 4129)
1 University of Port Harcourt (world ranking 4307)
According to EasyUni Staff (2018), the benefits of studying local are:
1. More Affordable Tuition Fee and Living Cost,
2. No homesickness,
3. Familiar Surroundings,
4. Familiar Language,
5. Personal health.
With the current challenges facing traditional colleges and universities which includes higher tuition, budget cuts, and course shortages has caused many students to search for alternatives. With nearly three million students currently enrolled in fully online programs and six million taking at least one online course as part of their degree, online education has clearly become one of the most popular higher education alternatives. E-learning can be defined as the online delivery of information. It can also be defined as integrating learning with technology (Okah, 2009; Okah, 2010). Generally there is still a lack of awareness amongst the population, especially parents, of the effectiveness of e-learning. Many parents still feel that the traditional learning mode is better.