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1 May 2016

9 Reasons Why University BSc Is Better Than Polytechnic HND

This post, 9 Reasons Why University BSc Is Better Than Polytechnic HND, can also be likened to a previous argument on Why University Graduates Are No Better Than Polytechnic graduates, but in this case, we are going in support of University BSc. The difference between a university and a polytechnic is widely known, likewise the difference between BSc and HND.

Even though it is believed that everyone has a chance to be successful no matter what you do or the level of education you could attain, but there are some facts that should be emphasized, not for criticism or hate, but for us all to get educated in some ways. So right here are some 9 Reasons Why University BSc Is Better Than Polytechnic HND

9 Reasons Why University BSc Is Better Than Polytechnic HND


1 Quality of Lecturers – You cannot just compare the experience and expertise of lecturers they have  in a university setting to that of the polytechnic. Most university lecturers are professors and PhD holders with years of teaching coupled with experience to show for it. In fact, most Master degree holders in some universities are mere assistant lecturers.


This is not so for our polytechnics where most of their so-called ‘experienced’ lecturers are mere BSc holders who are university graduates. Most rectors of polytechnics are Msc holders, though not all, only a few are PhD holders. At times, even corps members lecture in some polytechnics.

2 Qualification  For Entrance – The qualification for entrance into the university is more strict compared to that of polytechnics. Obviously, JAMB UTME cut off for universities is somewhat high, at times, this leads to frustration of jambites,   which makes them resort to polytechnics.

3 Funding From Government Nigerian Universities are much more funded by government than polytechnics. Funding is one of the ways to determine the quality of an institution.

If you notice, the government and the media in general pay more attention to the demand of ASUU over ASUP. Though, some universities might decide to play narrow with the funds.

That is why products of universities are always trained better than those of polytechnics.

4 Research Work– Universities are the foundation of researches and this is the root of progress in institutions. Even though the quality of research work in Nigerian universities is poor, it is still far better compared to that of polytechnics that do very negligible or feeble research works.

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5 Beautiful And Large Campus Environment – Mere structures and architectures of buildings in an institution goes a long way in telling about the quality of such institution.

Taking OAU as an instance, whether OAU is still the most beautiful campus in Africa or not is an argument meant for another day. But No polytechnic in Nigeria can even compete with the institution in terms of structures and its landmass.

image - oau campus beauty

Beauty Of OAU Campus

6 Quality of students – It’s a no-brainier that the most brilliant students go to universities. In most polytechnics, all you see is dejected and old students who have taken JAMB UTME more than a couple times but no luck, then resorted to such institution. Just few of polytechnic students are young and smart, no hate.

7 Scholarships Preference – Reputable scholarship bodies hardly notice polytechnic students when it comes to scholarship offering. Only university undergraduates would have the opportunity to apply for such scholarships. Not only at the undergraduate level but also postgraduate scholarships.

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Meaning, there i hardly scholarships for polytechnic students. This is another form of discrimination in some sense.

8 Market Demand – Market preference for BSc is far higher than for OND/HND. OND/HND holders are most times seen as middle level manpower though that was the intention when polytechnics were initially created.

There are more opportunities for BSc holders even outside the country and world wide.

9 Self Esteem – An average BSc holder tends to have more confidence and self-belief than a HND holder. This is however not the fault of HND holders, they only have to face stiff discrimination in the employment market, thus having a negative impact on their self esteem.

These and some other reasons are why Polytechnic students are subject to discriminations anywhere to find themselves.

DISCLAIMER : This post is not in any way meant to impress, oppress or make anyone feel depressed. It is just a mere observation from an average human being who is subject to flaws and bound to write whatsoever words that form from the letters he probably randomly typed. No matter the certificate, the sky is not the limit.


47 Responses

  1. sems wale

    FATTKAY …. I will support Sammi Bello with a valid point…In polytechnics like they are more into practical than theory, which is why the best IT personal you ever find today went to polytechnic. Most universities do not and i mean it do not have practical labs.
    Go to laspotech every department has its practical lab, but go to LASU reverse is the case.
    whoever wrote this just degraded him/her self to a nuisance and someone without regard for others.

    1. Thanks Wale. The poster wasn’t actually being selfish, he only gave his own insight about the whole issue and made it known in the disclaimer. We all know that when it comes to practicals, polytechnics are the best bet.

    2. cyberwaver

      Hmmm the mentality people has towards polytechnic is somehow ridiculous… Practical & Theory? The Polytechnic of Ibadan for example has a small lab for all science student and they admitted 1,400 students for ND1 SLT this semester which is absurd because how can that crowd make use of a lab that can contain not up to 50 students.
      Please erase any grudge against universities… If you have the opportunity to go to study in a university go for it without wasting time.

      1. Aminu

        I am a lecturer in a polytechnic at the momemt. There is a class of mine that has 160 students but the lab we hv to conduct our practicals has only 30 computers. And it is a rule that while conducting practicals each student must be on one workstation. So even practical wise that u r talking about we r left behind..



    1. I partially agree with you. There are actually cases where we see polytechnic direct entry students perform better than university students. It only depends on individual ability. Anyways, thanks for dropping a comment.

  3. Abdrahmak

    The above positions on the reasons for the disparity between University and Polytechnic are only applicable in Nigeria. In other climes where there are proper education structures, University and Polytechnic education are in place to achieve different purposes and there is no basis for disparity. But it is only in Nigeria that things are muddled up. University or Polytechnic, what is our stake in the global technological reckoning???!!!

  4. Jambil Suyudi

    This is part of the mentality (thought) of many Nigerians that: a university product is better than polytechnic product, while in the actual sense is not true. In so many cases a HND holder is more productive than a BSc holder. Is just that the sentiment/discrimination went viral if not there is nothing a university products can show to a Polytechnic products. Go to UK, US and most of the developed countries you can appreciate the HND product

  5. Jonas Insko

    Whether poly is better or not, mine future is gonna be great. All we need to do is to study hard and gain knowledge in our fields and outside our fields. All is well.

  6. anonymous

    That’s not even true.
    Polytechnics do little or no practicals.
    They are always overcrowded. The lecturer does the practicals while the students watch and write the reports. Like wtf? Universities are way better and way developed than polytechnics. Corruption is high in polytechnics. Students pay money to lectures to give them pass marks. The students hardly read their booms. They love parties and all.

  7. jacob

    I really appreciate ur points but you should know that:

    The concept for polytechnic have evolve. Then, it was for those who have no academic strength which is not so in the now era.

    What is really different in the courses taught in both institutions? Is there any difference in Accounting courses taught in the University from the Polytechnic or other courses of comparative advantage?

    Why should I do a PGD before Msc because I hold a HND cert. when I know that the PGD is equivalent to my HND 2 course programme?

    Let say, the low brainers make up 70% of polytechnic lads, does it translates into low brainers when graduating from the institution? (The second chance principle)

    There are professional courses where student from both institutions come out with good results and proof shows that more are the Polynians.

    I don’t need to be taught by a prof. before understanding the course at hand, all I need is the right tools and a lecturer/ tutor who can solve those problems for me to comprehend after all 2+2=4.

    Its also funny that 80% of those discriminating polytechnics lads are firms paying N150,000 and below. Those paying bigger use politicking in their recruitment or discriminate in the intra (Federal Universities is superior to State Universities modus.)

    Is time to put an end to this.

  8. gbenga

    I think we should get our facts right before we start blaming the government. Maybe if many of us have a good knowledge of HND, maybe we will argue less. In the western education we copied, HND is equivalent to the second year of bachelor degree and here in Nigeria, OND can cross to the university maintaining the same second year, ain’t we going against the system already. We all know certificate does not guarantee success in life but there is need for us to know the difference. There is no where in the world that HND has been equivalent to bachelor degree nor place above it. Polytechnics were no established to match universities. People that have crossed from polytechnics to university should be the best judge of this.

  9. Emmanuel Sopuluchukwu Arinze

    Mmmnnn! anyway,
    In my own understanding, i will that University is better than polytechnic because University has a “Great Name” than that of polytechnic.And it is easily recognisble and more respected.

  10. Abiola

    Am a computer programmer in Ibadan with hnd. I requested for a corper bsc graduate from delta state uni to support me in some works but to my surprise he cannot develop the least webpage I gave him as little interview then I sent him back. BSc, HND is a camouflage. It only who can develop him or her self.


    i got pissed up viewing the ideas of this writer! to be frank and prigmalistic, u just did a whole lots of research that yielded a negating result, your points lacks roots, no reasonable facts can be taken out from it. i don’t believe in blowing a loud trumpet! i have come across numerous products from the universities, i have not seen any distinct exra ordinary capacity in them that out class that of polyts, u said something abt jamb, it is true that poly has lower cut off mark, but just know that students with more than 200 marks are flocks the poly, don’t even conceive the idea that universities products are better than poly products, i had thought many university students while i was a poly student, i out class university student when i was in ND1. just as a jamb tutor, when i left, a university graduate was employed unfortunately he did rubbish, i got to knw that when i visitd them, am nt bragging, just want u to knw that it depends on the individual, i hate to see people who are nt equiped bragg

  12. Gold

    I believe it depends on the individual academic ability to excel and please exclude the fact of universities having several professors. Being a professor doesn’t make u a great teacher, I’ve come across lots of them who are very proud and hardly have time to lecture.. . In the area of researches carried, it can be applicable to only lecturers but not in students… I’ve come across universities and polytechnics students giving outsiders to help in their project works… Nigerian education system is poor, forget beautiful structures or not

  13. Eddy

    To me, I don’t think you are wright. The fact that professors are there lecturing in universities doesn’t make their products productive. Now, I want you to know that I have a friend who was told to withdraw in his ND 2 because he couldn’t cope or meet up to the mark that will proceed him to the next class. Do you know that when he went to the university he was now seen as the best in the?
    OK. Now, let us face reality. What makes a country to be termed developed? I think it is the technologiCal development. If true I think the polytechnic products should be of more preference.
    Why re the university products seeing the polytechnic products to be treats? The reason is that : they know when they come to the working environment, they will be disgraced. Na me talk am .I dey my house come beat me

  14. Ayodexart

    There are few people that makes a point.

    Also there are lots of arguers which is not done like that,But i would like you people to know something which is supposed to be noted we all knew that everything is not the governments fault it just depend on what u want to build yourself into,Like now dere are some people that are not willing to learn but just encouraged that no matter what u want to become in lyf education is needed so if that kind of person got chance to enter university or poly they won’t put much effort since they knew they dont need it.
    My point of few is that There is nothing like bsc is beta hnd it is jst Abt attentiveness.Thank you

  15. Chimaeze Amadi

    The writer makes no sense at all. I am a product of both university and polytechnic so almost all your claims I know they are not true

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