Redesigning Entrepreneurship Curriculum in Nigerian Universities For Knowledge Creation And Labor Market Competition

Grace Chinelo Obeleagu Nzelibe, Bissan Danladi Joseph Ezekiel

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Two problems gnawing at the economic foundation of Nigeria, these are unemployment and unemployability. Based on the extant literature, the solution lies in the creation, proliferation and perpetuation of the entrepreneurship to become vital in the economic development of the nation. This is with the assumption that entrepreneurship skills can be acquired through education. Universities in Nigeria are expected to graduate students who are well equipped with entrepreneurial vision for pre-start ventures and job creators. Nigerian Universities have introduced and embedded entrepreneurship in the curricula, however, minimal positive results abound due to poor contents of the programs, pedagogy and learning styles. The teaching of entrepreneurship in Nigerian universities emerged as “all comers” venture with no regard to expertise nor streamlining how entrepreneurship should be taught, what should be taught, who should teach, and the type of entrepreneurs to be produced. The objective of the study therefore was to find an answer to the key research questions: how can Nigerian Universities achieve the anticipated objective of building the entrepreneurship economy for development? The study identified two approaches for attaining the objective, namely, redesign of entrepreneurship curriculum in Nigerian Universities to foster entrepreneurship development, create knowledge based economy, and second, streamline qualifications and skills of lecturers that teach entrepreneurship, determine how it should be taught and what should be taught. In essence, Nigerian Universities must become catalyst for entrepreneurship development conditioning the emergence of dynamic entrepreneurs. Some of the problems in restructuring the entrepreneur curriculum will be highlighted and possible solutions proffered. The research developed a model incorporating the elements and participants involved in redesigning entrepreneurship curriculum. Further research efforts to fine-tune the model and to institutionalize it through policy articulation was also identified.

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Entrepreneurship; University Curriculum; Unemployment; Nigeria

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.20321/nilejbe.v4i10.166

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