EVALUATION OF THE IMPACTS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION GENERAL STUDIES COURSE ON UNIVERSITY GRADUATES’ ENTREPRENEURIAL AND MANAGERIAL COMPETENCES SKILLS IN SOUTH WEST, NIGERIA
Ojo Michael Bamidele
The study evaluated the impact of entrepreneurship education general studies course in university graduates entrepreneurial and managerial competencies skills in South West Nigeria. The study adopted survey research with a tracer component built into it. Multi-stage sampling techniques was adopted to select two hundred and thirty six (236) customers/clients of university graduates who have passed through entrepreneurship education general studies and ho are self-employed in South West Nigeria. Five research questions were raised by the researcher to serve as guide for the study. The graduate rating scale that was self-developed by the researcher was used to collect data from the respondents after validation that yielded correlation coefficient of 0.83. frequent count and simple percentage was used to analyse the data and the finding of the study revealed that entrepreneurship education general studies course has equipped university graduates with entrepreneurial and managerial skills (innovation and creativity skill, risk management skill, employment generation skills, establishment of small and medium sized businesses skills and spirit of perseverance) to a great extent. Based on the findings of this study, it was recommended among others that university management should collaborate with successful private entrepreneurs within its vicinity and outside for sponsorship of entrepreneurship activities, university graduates who are self-employed should be financed and adequately supported by the government, tax-holiday should be given to the self-employed graduates so as to motivate others to start business of their own practical training in entrepreneurship should be more focused in Nigerian universities.