Article : The Push And Pull Factors Of Choosing A Study Location


The Push And Pull Factors Of Choosing A Study Location


Kuranchie, Alfred, Sarkodie, Noble Amoako, Acquah, Hannah Esi

 Education is acclaimed to be a propellant of growth and development of every nation since every sector of the economy thrives on that valuable resource. Higher education, especially, is reckoned to produce high-level human capital for a nation’s development.  Hence, tertiary institutions do offer various courses to prepare students for countries’ development. Prospective students have the freedom and the right to opt to study either in a local or foreign institution. Consequently, the study sought to unearth the factors that influence the choice of a jurisdiction to pursue a postgraduate education.  The explorative survey study was designed alone quantitative dimension. The population of the study was made up of graduates of the Ghanaian tertiary institutions residing and working in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. Purposive and convenience sampling techniques were relied on to sample the respondents for the study. Self-developed questionnaire with both close and open-ended items was designed for the data gathering.Results indicate that the majority of the respondents have the desire to pursue further studies outside Ghana. The major reasons that were assigned by those who intend to study in Ghanaian universities include moderate fees, difficulty in processing travelling documents while those who want to go abroad for post-graduate education assigned reasons such as: availability of quality academic support facilities, desire for change of academic experience and high prospect of employment opportunities after graduation. Most of the respondents who wish to pursue post-graduate education outside the country preferred to have it in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Recommendations have been proffered for practice.

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