Entrepreneurship Development Centre

Director

In Nasarawa State University, entrepreneurship education has become popular for several reasons. First, it integrates other disciplinary fields study with an enriching, integrative educational experience. Second, promotes the establishment of new businesses by graduates, enhances the employment prospects and success in the job market. Third, it promotes technology transfer from the University to the market. Finally, it forges links between the business and academic communities.

The Entrepreneurship Development Centre has coordinating unit: (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.

The Entrepreneurship Development Programme

The Entrepreneurship Programme of the University is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate student-entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses, and to serve as a catalyst for the creation of sustainable and globally competitive enterprises in Nasarawa State, Nigeria, and beyond. This will be achieved by promoting entrepreneurship across the campuses and in the community through entrepreneurship education, enterprise development services, knowledge transfer experiential programme community engagement, business technology incubation, research and publications.

The Entrepreneurship programme of the University is made up of three (3) main components:

Entrepreneurship Development Centre

The Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) coordinates the entrepreneurship programmes of the University. The EDC is managed by a Director and an Advisory Board. Its focus includes:

The Centre maintains a Journal of Entrepreneurship Research (JER) and annual series of international Entrepreneurship Research Conference (IERC). The first international conference was held in February 2012.

Our Aims

The aims of the Entrepreneurship Development 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 iii the community;
  3. Promote the development of personal qualities that are relevant to entrepreneurship, such as creativity, spirit of initiative, risk-taking and responsibility;
  1. Raise students’ awareness of self-employment as a career option with a view to enhancing their employability and creative career development;
  2. 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;
  3. 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:

Networking: To understand the need for networking in the development of new ventures.

Awareness: To develop an appreciation for the impact that Entrepreneurs have and for the complexity involved in planning, initiating and operating a successful venture.

Skills: To develop entrepreneurial and vocational skills that contributes the success of the students’ practical learning experience.

Abilities: To develop students’ entrepreneurial abilities to access knowledge and find the support and encouragement needed in developing all phases of venture planning.

Research: To promote entrepreneurial research opportunities and qualities of entrepreneurs that contributes to their success.

Accessibility: To promote openness in the conduct of research, ease access to research works worldwide and make research outcome u friendly.

Wealth: To assist students in learning the concepts, skills, and attitudes necessary to make transitions to career and wealth creation.

Accountability: To Instill a sense of responsibility for and pride in o’ work.

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 development programmes will develop an appreciation for the spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity, and for planning, marketing, and financing that are needed for a successful venture. The guiding principle of the entrepreneurship development programme is the development of creative minds, innovative and entrepreneurial personalities who are prepared for leadership responsibilities in industry, government and non-profit organizations, create new jobs, add social and economic value and nurture a sustainable enterprise culture.

Departmental Board

The Departmental Board is made up of all lecturers in the Department with the Head of Department as the Chairman. The Departmental Board organizes and controls the teaching of all courses in the Department and the examination held in those courses.

Name Portfolio
Head of Department (HOD) Chairman
All Academic Staff Members Member
Entry Requirements

WAEC

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English Language

English Language

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