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The perception of students towards entrepreneurship courses: an empirical study of Nigerian polytechnics students

Mohammed Lame, Sulaiman and Wan Yusoff, Wan Fauziah (2013) The perception of students towards entrepreneurship courses: an empirical study of Nigerian polytechnics students. In: Management, Business and Entrepreneurship 2013 (ICTMBE 2013) , 4-5 December 2013, Melaka, Malaysia .

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The teaching of entrepreneurship in polytechnics can give students the basic skills, knowledge and attitude to start their own businesses after graduation. This study investigates the Nigerian students’ perception and their inclinations towards entrepreneurship courses in the Nigerian polytechnics. The main focus of the paper is to analyse and evaluate the relationship between entrepreneurship education and Nigerian polytechnics students’ perception towards the entrepreneurship education courses. The introduction of entrepreneurship education as compulsory course in the Nigerian polytechnics is seen as a strong measure to address the problem of polytechnics graduate unemployment and encourage new start-up. A descriptive study was conducted in three Nigerian polytechnics. A total of 700 questionnaires were administered and 370 were returned. The questionnaires were designed to analyse students’ perception and inclinations. Based on the data collected and analysed, it was discovered that two variables were found to have significant relationship with entrepreneurship education. However, it was also gathered from the study that there are various challenges facing entrepreneurship like inadequate funding, very few trained entrepreneurship lecturers and lack of enabling environment as some of the reasons for low entrepreneurial activities in our institutions. The paper concludes by making recommendations on how to improve entrepreneurship education courses in order to achieve the desired objectives of the programs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: entrepreneurship; entrepreneurship education; student; skills; knowledge; attitude
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Divisions: Faculty of Technology Management and Business > Department of Technology Management
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 27 May 2014 08:20
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2015 08:05
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5172
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