The Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Centre, University of Lagos says it is set to launch its online Entrepreneurship Education platform for its 57,000 students.
The centre’s Director, an Associate Professor, Sunday Adebisi, told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos that the platform would grant 24 hours direct access to the students every day.
Adebisi was reacting to the recent ranking of the university as the third-best most productive school in Entrepreneurship Education in Africa by Forbes.
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Adebisi stated that the country currently has a population of between 15 and 35 that comprises about 70 percent of the entire population, who are supposed to be inactive production.
He said: “So, that is what this university believes in, and that is why we are very strong in promoting entrepreneurship education, just like the institution’s Business School (ULBS).
“The university’s entrepreneurship education platform is coming on board before the end of the year.
“We are expecting that by the time they do the next ranking, we are likely going to be number one in Africa.
“The reason being that we are now going to give direct entrepreneurship education access to the 57,000 students across the board, which include both the undergraduates, the Postgraduates, every year and every hour.
“Besides that, we are going to start talents hunting for enterprise creation.
“That is whereby each of our students, be it undergraduate or postgraduate, that can create enterprise on campus, which we call Campus Startups, is going to be supported by management and will be launched.
“We are also going to get companies to infuse money into such startups.”
According to Adebisi, entrepreneurship today is almost everything because citizens are now in a nation that needs to be extremely productive, with everyone being into production to be able to be self-sustaining.
He noted that entrepreneurship was the only thing that could give everyone the opportunity to be able to be creative and innovative.
“All on their own, using their own ideas for profitable ventures, without necessarily hunting for jobs,” the Director said.
He said in a bid to further promote entrepreneurship drive among students, the university had also made it compulsory in all the units of the business school, be it Executive MBA in Human Resources, Finance, and others.