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10 Shocking Reasons Why BSc Is Better than HND

You might be wondering why is University Bachelor’s Degree better than Polytechnic High National Diploma (HND). Well, if that is the case, we have decided to show you 10 reasons why BSc is better than HND.

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DISCLAIMER: This post is strictly for education purpose only. The writer does not in any way promote dichotomy between BSc and HND. Most importantly, this post is not meant to impress, oppress, discriminate or make anyone feel depressed. It is just a mere personal observation from someone who is subject to flaws.

You can also check out our article titled ‘Advantages Of HND Over BSc‘ for proper understand.

Reasons why BSc is better than HND

Below are reasons BSc is better than HND;

1. Quality of Lecturers

The quality and expertise of lecturers in the university cannot just be compared with that of polytechnic.

In the university, most lecturers are professors and PhD holders with several years of teaching experience.

If you don’t have MSc, you are not qualified to teach in the university. And most Masters degree holders are ordinary assistant lecturers.

But in polytechnic, it is difficult to find a lecturer who is a PhD holder, and there is no Professors except visiting professors from the universities.

Most lecturers in polytechnic are mere BSc holders who just graduated from the university. Even Corps members (otondo) are posted to lecture in some polytechnics.

2. Admission Requirement

The requirement for admission into the university is more strict and rigid compare to that of polytechnics.

The JAMB cut off for entrance into universities is high to compare that of Polytechnic.

This means, most intelligent students with high marks make it to the university, while leftovers with extremely low marks resort to polytechnic.

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3. Funding From Government

The public universities in Nigeria are much more funded by government than polytechnics. Funding is one of the ways to determine the quality of a school.

Obviously, the government and the media pay more attention to ASUU demand than ASUP. Any time ASUP is on strike, no one will notice. But if ASUU goes on strike, it will be a national talk, and Presidency will be restless.

That is to show you that university is more funded because university graduates are much well trained than polytechnics graduates.

4. Research Work

Universities are the foundation and pillars of researches which is the root of progress in any institution. Although, the quality of research work in the Nigerian universities can be low, but it is still far better than that of polytechnics.

5. Conducive and large campus environment

The size of an institution and infrastructures goes a long way in telling about the quality of such institution. Take UNIZIK as an example, the institution has a very wide space with about seven different Banks branches located within the Institution. Aside that, there are several other institutions which are inside the university and numerous affiliated institutions.

6. Quality of students

There is no doubt that most brilliant students are found in the university.

But in polytechnics, most of what you will see are students rejected by universities because of their low scores in UTME.

Most of polytechnic students specialize in sorting lecturers to pass exams. Just only few polytechnic students are young and smart (no hate).

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7. Scholarships Preference

When it comes to scholarship, reputable bodies hardly notice polytechnic students.

Only university undergraduates or graduates would have the opportunity to apply for such scholarships. This is another form of discrimination which we noticed.

8. Job opportunities

Most employers in Nigeria prefer BSc to HND holders. HND holders are most times seen as middle level manpower, although that was the initial purpose for establishing polytechnics.

9. Programme and Degrees

The highest degree a polytechnic can award is HND, but the universities can award BSc, PGD, MSc, PhD, and so on.

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Also, polytechnics are not allowed to run some programmes such as; Medicine and Surgery, Radiography, Pharmacy, Nursing Law and many more.

10. Self Esteem

An average BSc holder have more confidence and self-belief than a HND holder. HND holders have to face stiff discrimination in the labour market, thus having a negative impact on their self esteem.

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  1. Bsquare

    October 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

    I concur.

  2. Emmanuel

    May 16, 2021 at 11:11 am

    very true God bless you for defending

  3. Jum

    October 7, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Nonsense. You have not been to some polytechnics. Programmes are both professional and academic.or maybe you are referring to mushroom polytechnics

  4. Amos Longret Leshak

    August 2, 2020 at 6:44 pm


  5. Amos Longret Leshak

    August 2, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Great job

  6. Amos Longret Leshak

    August 2, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Great job keep on

  7. Baba

    March 28, 2020 at 10:23 am

    Bro in the camp where I served , HND students behaves like the village gangsters. The way they talk, the way they act … Honestly I have not seen such before !! They are too local. And their reasoning is too poor .

  8. Ijeoma success

    March 18, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Sir my jamb date of birth is 1994,can i use 1993 during nysc registration bcoz i want my waec n nysc certificate to have the same date of birth

  9. Ijeoma success

    March 18, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Sir the of date of birth in my BVN is different from the one am using in school,,hope no issue

  10. Alban

    March 16, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    U left out this: HND holders are not eligible to pursue Master’s degree in the university except they undergo a PGD program. BSC have automatic license to degree program in so far u meet d requirement.

  11. Maxwell Iheadindueme John

    March 16, 2020 at 2:08 pm

    I am not trying to be biased, but in the defence of the polytechnics;
    1 Quality lectures: It is not about the level of qualification that makes one a quality lecture, it the ability to deliver. You would agree with me that most students knows better than their teachers. And polytechnics looks lectures with better impartation and a practical understanding
    2 Admission : yes people with lower grades in the UTME applies for polytechnics, but have you can not be admitted if u dont choose a polytechnic as your first choice they won’t be any admission for you. Therefore polytechnics are not taken second choice it is first so as the university.
    3 funding from government. I strongly agree to the fact that ASUP sound a little deem but ask how much the Government spend on getting workshops, laboratories and theaters working in the polytechnic. And the machines and test equipment and many other, do You know how much they worth (most university students dont even know how a real machine looks like)
    4 research work. Of at truth Universities make lots of research, but they still consult the polytechnics for vindication and verification. They conduct 90% of their experiments in polytechnic workshops and laboratories.
    5 conducive and large campus. Let’s consider polytechnics like nekede, Akanu Ibiam, etc which its ends has not been reached. In polytechnics there are less crowd as compered to universities where students are every where.
    6 quality of students. Well, any student that do not know “how” but only knows “why” is not a quality student. Universities only teach students theories and little or no practicals while polytechnics do both that’s why their students are good. Most university students read to pass immediate exams but polytechnics students reads and practice as well.
    7 scholarship preference thats true for universities
    8 Job opportunities. Come on guys who wants to compare the rate of job openings for polytechnics to that of bsc. Only the business students of universities have jobs coming at them but even the ND holders have job flaunting at there feet from all sectors of the economy down to private industries. Why? They have the practicals and theories at heart. Go to most oil firm 75% of there staffs are HND holders.
    9 program and degree. It is so true that Polytechnics awards HND but then there is still room to further your education till the so called PHD.
    10 self esteemed. Well, how confident can an electrical student in a university be when told to wire a house, to the confidence of a polytechnic electrical student. The truth of the whole matter is that most polytechnics are not jobs seekers there self employed, jobs creators and inventors, while university students are job seeker.
    Thats just a little taste of the whole matter

    • Digha James

      March 17, 2020 at 10:09 am

      Nice article.

    • Theresa Jackson

      March 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

      Nice one

    • Akinola

      March 27, 2020 at 10:13 am

      U are correct my brother

    • Mbuotidem Matthew

      April 7, 2020 at 12:29 am

      You are great

    • Franklin

      July 26, 2020 at 12:33 pm

      You just hit the point, your equality of delivery determined your esteem not your certificate.

      Talking of the quality of lectures, I most tell you that the polytechnic lecturers are always there to lecture and guard the students whenever there called upon, but a university professor may not me there to lecture or guard the students for months while still pursuing futher courses abroad.

    • Aisha Al Ameen

      August 8, 2020 at 4:29 pm

      Mr Maxwell God bless you. You said it all my brother.

    • Jum

      October 7, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Thanks so much my brother

    • Bsquare

      October 13, 2022 at 10:12 am

      That’s very true. I concur.

  12. Tukur

    March 16, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Pls Sir am in Nysc camp my school documents are bearing Tukur Abubakar Tukur Nd my BVN Name is Tukur Abubakar. Are the going to allow me to open Nysc account?

    • Humphery

      March 16, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      Yes, they will

    • Mark-Miracle Brave

      March 27, 2020 at 9:11 am

      You don’t have a problem since the two names on your BVN tally with the ones on your documents.

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