Entrepreneurship Development Centre [EDC]

Director’s Remarks
An inherent assumption in entrepreneurship education is that entrepreneurial characteristics and skills can be developed. Indeed research suggests that the propensity towards entrepreneurship has been associated with several personal characteristics that can be enhanced by a formal programme of education. Entrepreneurship education has been intended by the National Universities Commission as an intervention tool to influence students’ attitudes towards social and economic desirability of entrepreneurship as a career option.
Mindful of the significance of the entrepreneurship education programme, the University developed its academic programmes to embrace full regime of entrepreneurial knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values. In view of the success of the pilot entrepreneurship education programme in the Faculty of Administration, the University Senate approved the implementation of the entrepreneurship education programme in the other six Faculties in 2008. In 2009, the University commenced an MBA programme in Entrepreneurship, while the entrepreneurship programme was expanded in 2011 to include an undergraduate degree programme and Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) to coordinate the entrepreneurship programmes.
The Entrepreneurship Development Centre has three coordinating units: (i) Enterprise Development and Knowledge Transfer, (ii) Entrepreneurship Education, and (iii) Experiential Programmes. The Management is supported by a team of resource persons and administrative staff. The Management team is unwavering in fostering a cohesive community support network that creates entrepreneurial opportunities for everyone.
You are welcome to the entrepreneurial world!
Dr. S.A.S. Aruwa
[space height=”10″] Aims and Goals
The aims of the entrepreneurship programmes are to:
1. Acquire knowledge and develop skills necessary to plan and begin a venture;
2. Offer early knowledge of and contact with the world of entrepreneurship and some understanding of the role of entrepreneurs in economic, social, cultural, and personal value creation in the community;
3. Promote the development of personal qualities that are relevant to entrepreneurship, such as creativity, spirit of initiative, risk-taking and responsibility;
4. Raise students’ awareness of self-employment as a career option with a view to enhancing their employability and creative career development;
5. Organize activities based on learning by doing-for example, students launching new ventures, developing new products, generating social and community initiatives, and running mini-companies or virtual firms;
6. Provide specific skills acquisition training on how to start a micro or small business in the vocational choice of students through the university-incubated ventures and outsourced providers.
Our Goals : ‘NASARAWA’
The goals of our entrepreneurship programmes are aptly captured in ‘NASARAWA’ as follows:
1. Networking: To understand the need for networking in the development of new ventures.
2. Awareness: To develop an appreciation for the impact that entrepreneurs have and for the complexity involved in planning, initiating and operating a successful venture.
3. Skills: To develop entrepreneurial and vocational skills that contributes to the success of the students’ practical learning experience.
4. Abilities: To develop students’ entrepreneurial abilities to access knowledge and find the support and encouragement needed in developing all phases of venture planning.
5. Research: To promote entrepreneurial research opportunities and the qualities of entrepreneurs that contributes to their success.
6. Accessibility: To promote openness in the conduct of research, ease of access to research works worldwide and make research outcome user-friendly.
7. Work: To assist students in learning the concepts, skills, and attitudes necessary to make transitions to career, work and adult life.
8. Accountability: To instill a sense of responsibility for and pride in one’s work.
[space height=”10″] Philosophy and Rationale of the Programmes
Micro and small-scale enterprises in Nigeria produce a significant number of new jobs, and can make tremendous contribution to the economy. Students and trainees enrolled in the University’s entrepreneurship programmes will have the opportunity to learn about the various characteristics of entrepreneurs and how to create a working venture. Students will develop an appreciation for the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, and for planning, marketing, and financing that are needed for a successful venture.
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Entrepreneurship Development Centre announces her 1st International Entrepreneurship Research Conference to take place at 1000 Seat Auditorium, Nasarawa State University, Keffi between February 21 – 23, 2012. Click here to download details.Also, click here for the details for submission of Journal for the Conference (Journal of Entrepreneurship Research (JER))
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