The main purpose of this study was to determine how university students’ perceptions of tertiary institutions’ education relate to graduate self-employment potential in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States in Nigeria. Seven hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The Tertiary Entrepreneurship Education and Graduate Self-Employment Potential Questionnaire (T.E.E.G.S.P.Q.) was developed, validated and administered to six hundred and ninety (690) students who assessed the provision of tertiary entrepreneurship education in the two states. The sample was drawn using stratified random sampling techniques from the three universities in the states. The data obtained were analyzed using Population t-test and Pearson’s Product Moment Correlation at .05 level of significance. The major findings of this study showed that there was significant relationship between students’ perception of university administration’s provision for tertiary entrepreneurship education, curriculum objectives for tertiary entrepreneurship education, instructional methods for tertiary entrepreneurship education, quality and quantity of tertiary entrepreneurship education instructors and students’ entrepreneurial traits and graduate self-employment potential. Based on these findings, it was concluded that the students’ perception varies on graduate self-employment potentials. Some recommendations were made including: that university administrators in the states should design more exciting and motivating entrepreneurship programmes that will awaken the entrepreneurial interest of the students and lead them to self-employment after graduation.
|Keywords:||Tertiary Entrepreneurship Education, Graduate Self-employment Potentials|
H.O.D, Department of Educational Administration & Planning, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria
Department of Educational Administration and Planning, University of Calabar, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria
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