ASSESSMENT OF COMPETENCIES POSSESSED BY UNIVERSITY POSTGRADUATE BUSINESS EDUCATION STUDENTS TO HANDLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP BUSINESS CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA

AUTHOR: OKORO, JAMES

DEPARTMENT: VOCATIONAL  EDUCATION

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

University business education graduates, by the nature of their programme, ought to possess relevant competencies for successful entrepreneurship but casual observation and empirical reports indicate that they are not doing well in their entrepreneurial knowledge. Therefore, this study assessed the competencies possessed by the university postgraduate business education students to handle entrepreneurship business challenges in Nigeria. Five research questions were used to guide the study, while five hypotheses were tested. Descriptive survey design was adopted for the study. The population, also used as the sample, consisted of 388 business education graduates who are currently running their postgraduate programme in universities in the south-south and south-east geopolitical zones. A validated questionnaire with a reliability coefficient of 0.80 was used for data collection. The arithmetic mean and standard deviation were used to analyze data relative to the research questions while the z-test statistic was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. The results revealed that the respondents have relevant competencies in information and communication technology, management and accounting, among others. It was further discovered that gender and location of respondents’ universities do not significantly affect respondents mean ratings on possessed ICT, office practice and management competencies. Based on the findings of this study, it is concluded that, relatively, university business education graduates used for the study have the required competencies for entrepreneurship success and should be encouraged to start some kind of businesses. However, it is recommended, among other things, that university authorities should ensure adequate provision of ICT equipment and facilities for business education and that the programme should adequately incorporate different aspects of insurance while the students and graduates are encouraged to attend seminars in insurance for practical knowledge.

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