For most graduates of tertiary institutions in Nigeria, Government is still the most attractive employer of labour. However, economic reforms over the last years have seen the civil service cut in size and the majority of graduates remain unemployed which poses a critical problem to the country both economically and socially. In an impact to address this problem, the Nigerian Government in 2007, through the National Universities Commission (NUC) introduced a policy to encourage Nigerian universities to provide entrepreneurship education for undergraduates so that they can start their own businesses after graduation and ideally create employment on a long term. Few years down the lane, this study evaluated impact of entrepreneurship education on students entrepreneurial intention towards the willingness to own personal business by first degree graduates of Bayero University Kano (BUK). Two hundred and twenty nine (229) copies of self – administered questionnaire were administered to these students through a combination of stratified and systematic sampling techniques. The study yielded 82.10% response rate.
Frequency, percentage, weighted score, and simple linear regression were the statistical tools employed in the analysis of the returned one hundred (100)copies of the questionnaire. It was found that entrepreneurship education account for 6% in the variation found in the dependent variable (willingness to own personal business). It was recommended that entrepreneurial courses be reviewed in order to move away from classroom theoretical entrepreneurship education in favour of more practical and mentoring entrepreneurial training.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship education, business, entrepreneurial, intention and university graduates.
Impact Entrepreneurship Education on Entrepreneurial Intention Among Tertiary Students in Bayero University, Kano