n African Journal of Business and Economic Research - Are higher education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa seeking to make students more enterprising?

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1750-4554
  • E-ISSN: 1750-4562


The purpose of this paper is to examine the extent to which higher education institutions (HEIs) in sub-Saharan Africa are seeking to make students more enterprising. To do this, the paper investigates the state of entrepreneurship course offerings, examines the opportunity to specialized studies in the area, and identifies entrepreneurship centers in business administration / management curricula. The results of the study demonstrate that most of the HEIs in the sample offer courses in entrepreneurship and / or small business management. Few institutions offer a specialization in the area of entrepreneurship. Newly created institutions are more likely to report entrepreneurship courses and specializations than traditional ones. A very small number of institutions operate university-based entrepreneurship centers. The findings of this study are consistent with the environmental school of entrepreneurial thought. The paper will assist researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders of higher education institutions in strengthening the discussion between enterprise and entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan business programs.

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