Entrepreneurship Education through Higher Education in Nigeria
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The introduction of various policies and programmes to overcome the economic crisis and imbalance associated with both the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) of the 1980s and the economic meltdown of the 21" century has greatly reduced University graduates' employment opportunities in Nigeria. Entrepreneurship education is being proposed as a panacea for reducing the high unemployment rate among this category of manpower by making them job creators as against job seekers. Consequent to the problem· indicated above, this paper examines the mismatches between Universities' curricula and the industrial manpower needs of employers of labour. It also examines the concept of entrepreneurship education and the effect of globalization on economic activities on graduates' employment opportunities. After critically assessing external initiatives and Nigeria's experiments in entrepreneurship education and innovation, the paper calls for integrating Universities' regular programmes into entrepreneurship education. The paper proposes collaborative and peer-directed learning methods of instruction through the non-formal approach towards developing entrepreneurship attitudes among undergraduates. The paper concludes that entrepreneurship courses delivered in the formal education approach will end up as only satisfying graduation requirements without changing the market orientation of graduates.
Jegede, O. I., Ojo-Ajibare, J. O. & Aitokhuehi, O. O. (2012). Entrepreneurship education through Higher Education in Nigeria. Journal of Educational Review, 5 (2), 209-216. New Delhi: Serials Publication.