According to the Economist, seventy five percent of pupils who graduate from high schools in South Korea go on to the university. Another recent survey found that most young people want a university education and ‘having a bright future’ was one of the reasons. So the questions arrises: "How many universities are there in the world and what options have young people got?"

I found that there are 16,000 universities in the world, with most of these universities are offering ms programs, in almost all fields of specialization. There are 2618 universities and colleges in the United States alone, according to the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

According to the official website of the European Union, there are approximately 4000 universities across Europe. According to Wikipedia, there are about 96 universities in Canada and over two hundred in Asia with Singapore hosting some of the top ranked universities in Asia. However, in third world countries, an approximate number cannot be reached, as most of these institutions are not indexed.

With so many options to choose from, how does a typical student, like you or me, choose the best suited university for our educational requirements? We have to look at the level of study we are pursuing followed by our emotional, financial and social capabilities to attend the course, be it online or full time. Faced with the same decision regarding a university, there are several factors to look at, before I chose a place of study and my methodology to reaching my decision.

Among the myriad of factors addressed in choosing a suitable university, the top two for me were reputation and the number of courses offered. My foremost criterion for choosing a university, after accreditation, is whether they offer a bachelors of business administration and moreso, if I can go on to do a post graduate in business administration after my bachelors’ degree. A great number of these 16,000 universities offer bachelors of business administration and more than half of this number offer a post graduate program. Then it came time to address the reputation, ranking and accreditation of my short list of institutions. 

Once I completed the above I boiled down to about 5 institutions that had 

  1. A range of courses including my undergraduate choice of programmes
  2. A internationally recognized reputation that would mean my degree is accepted worldwide
  3. An option to switch between full time and part time along the period of study, meaning I can cope no matter what life throws at me! 
  4. A degree that does not mention the mode of study on it. 
  5. A rare opportunity to pay tuition fees as monthly installments, allowing me to budget for the coming 24 months. 
  6. A support system with faculty and mentors that would be available via email, Skype, personal meetings and more. 

Getting a university level education has never been easier, because of the numerous options available, especially now with international distance learning universities. There are about 104 internationally accredited online universities in the Middle East alone, including Edinburgh Napier University, Dubai.

Studying was made easier for me because I could learn from anywhere in the world when I registered on my UK Distance learning programmes. This was only made possible by universities that offer distance learning. These universities were not only reputable, but they offered both a bachelors in business administration and a post graduate in business administration. Besides, they offered me ease of payment and getting a University education at an affordable rate.

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