Entrepreneurial Intentions among Undergraduate Students in South-West, Nigeria: An Evaluation of Entrepreneurship Education
Oluwatoyin G., Bawalla, Luqman O. Muraina
This study sought to examine the impacts of entrepreneurship education on entrepreneurial intentions among undergraduates’ students in South-West, Nigeria. It made an in-road into the phenomenon by examining the rationale inherent in imparting entrepreneurship into undergraduate students which bordered on increasing socio-economic development and transformation. The study was anchored on interpretative understanding of Rational Choice Theory and its underpinnings centred on weighing the likely pros and the cons of an action before one dabbles into it. The research design was cross-sectional and exploratory, and the mixed method of data collection was adopted and data were generated through 403 copies of questionnaire and 12 IDIs’ across four universities in South West, Nigeria. The findings revealed that the undergraduates who had acquired entrepreneurship knowledge and skills were perceived to have higher entrepreneurship intentions than undergraduate students that lacks knowledge of entrepreneurship. The study concluded that undergraduate students’ in South-West had very good knowledge of entrepreneurship education which serves as a good propelling factor towards enterprise creation. The study recommended that undergraduates should be taught on how to utilise IT in positively impacting on the actualisation of their vision in becoming entrepreneurs, and that entrepreneurship educators should be trained, re-trained, motivated and developed.