oa Africa Journal of Public Sector Development and Governance - Development of gainful self-employment skills amongst tertiary education graduates : perceptions, expectations and experiences at Ankole Western University in Uganda - research

Volume 2 Number 2
  • ISSN : 2617-7714



Uganda’s economy has grown significantly over the past three decades and may continue to do so in future (World Bank 2014). However, employment creation has not kept pace with economic growth, which in the last three decades averaged 2.7 per cent (%) per annum with little or no increase in the rate of employment (Magelah and Ntambirweki-Karugonjo 2014). One can argue that universities should play a key role in addressing the unemployment rate in Uganda. It is worth noting that 87 943 public and private sector jobs were advertised between 2009 and 2013 (UBOS 2014, 24), while Uganda produces roughly 500 000 tertiary education graduates per year. On average, about 18 000 jobs are created annually (Babyetsiza 2016:13).

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