Entrepreneurship Education in Nigerian Universities and Its Influence on Graduate Entrepreneurial Intention

Meng, Liying, Scully, Declan and Chukwuma-Nwuba, Eunice Oluwakemi (2019) Entrepreneurship Education in Nigerian Universities and Its Influence on Graduate Entrepreneurial Intention. In: 2019 International Symposium on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 24-26 October, Hangzhou, China.

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Abstract

In 2006, the Nigerian Government decided to introduce a compulsory Entrepreneurship Module into the curriculum of all universities, the intention being to encourage economic activity while reducing unemployment, particularly amongst university graduates (Efi, 2014). Thirteen years later we revisit six Nigerian universities to see how they have fared in their objectives and attempt to discern any weaknesses in their approach to entrepreneurial education. We use both qualitative and quantitative methods to tease out answers to our research questions such as the effect that such education is having on the intention of graduates to pursue entrepreneurial careers. We examine whether intention waxes or wanes as a result and the extent to which the attitudes of friends and family might influence this. We also examine the methodologies employed by educators and question whether more innovative approaches might stimulate the interest of graduate students. Most essentially we feel that compulsory entrepreneurship education fits well within developing countries and our observations may prove useful to policy makers and educators involved in formulating appropriate study modules.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Keywords: Nigerian, entrepreneurship education, entrepreneurial intention, graduates, innovative, methodologies
Depositing User: Ms Raisa Burton
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2020 11:45
Last Modified: 05 Feb 2020 15:58
URI: http://marjon.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/17524
Related URLs: https://www.iee ... ieee-tems-isie/ (Organisation URL)

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