Entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigerian universities: Trends, challenges and opportunities.

OYINLOLA, Muyiwa, KOLADE, Seun, OKOYA, Silifat Abimbola, AJALA, Olubunmi, ADEFILA, Arinola, ADEDIJI, Adedapo, BABAREMU, Kunle, TIJANI, Bosun, ADEJUWON, Jude, WAMBUI, Faith and AKINLABI, Esther Titilayo (2024). Entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigerian universities: Trends, challenges and opportunities. Heliyon, 10 (9): e29940.

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In a bid to improve entrepreneurial outcomes of graduates from Nigerian universities, the Nigerian government has launched a range of interventions, including a 2004 national policy mandating compulsory inclusion of entrepreneurship education in the curriculum, and support for the establishment and implementation of entrepreneurship development activities by university departments. However, not much is known about the operational nuances, challenges and impact cases that characterise the implementation of this national policy in such a vast, culturally diverse country as Nigeria. To address this lacuna, this study draws on qualitative data from five focus groups, crystalised with quantitative data from 151 students across four Nigerian Universities, to explicate the current trends, successes, and challenges of entrepreneurship development and innovation support in Nigerian universities. The paper offers recommendations on how the current policy on entrepreneurship education in Nigeria can be enhanced to improve student entrepreneurial aspirations and outcomes. It also signposts innovative pedagogic activities which could be deployed to achieve this.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2024.e29940
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 09:09
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 09:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33673

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