Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies
The vision of the Nigerian government through the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), in the establishment of Entrepreneurship study centres in Nigerian Universities is for the centres to serve as a nerve centre for the education, growth and development of sustainable entrepreneurial culture among university students and the youths for the management of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with the mission to provide facilities and expertise that will propel the growth and development of SMEs through sustainable quality, effective and dynamic entrepreneurial coaching and assistance.
The key among the goals is to promote the culture of entrepreneurship among university students and the youths; address the problem of poverty and unemployment among Nigerian graduates and the youths; help students and youths acquire entrepreneurial skills for job creation; provide students/youths with ample opportunities that will improve their productive capacities of enterprise development skills. In line with the NUC directive, the Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies (CES) was established in 2008 with Professor Onwukwe Alaezi as the pioneer Director.
The Centre aims to cater for the lifelong education and career awareness of the university undergraduates, including those of the less privileged neighbouring community people, literate and semi-literate citizens in their various workplaces, out-of-school youths, local farmers etc, who by the very nature and design of their environment are denied access to such university-designed entrepreneurial programmes in the interest of self employment and job creation needed to reduce the present alarmingly high level of unemployment in the country and its attendant social ills. In more specific terms, the Centre’s major objectives are to:
Prof. Chiedozie C. Eze
Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies