The Significance of Entrepreneurship Education as a Strategic Approach to University Graduate Employability: A Case Study of University of Zimbabwe
Keywords:entrepreneurship education, university, univversity graduate, university graduate employability, entrepreneurship qualifications, qualitative data analysis
The purpose of this research was to ascertain the significance of entrepreneurship education as a strategic approach to university graduate employability in Zimbabwean universities. Thus, the research adopted pragmatism research philosophy and a case study design. Therefore, the research embraced structured self-administered questionnaires to collect data. Consequently, the data was analysed using Qualitative Data Analysis (QDA) and SPSS statistical package. For that reason, the percentages generated from SPSS were then presented in tables and graphs. Accordingly, the study shows that entrepreneurship education is important in the creation of a graduate who has employable qualities. In addition, entrepreneurship education helps in impacting the students with soft skills that are important in the employability of graduates after graduating from university. Furthermore, the study found out that entrepreneurship education does not exist in Zimbabwean universities. Likewise, the lecturers were found to lack entrepreneurship qualifications. In view of that, the study recommends that universities make entrepreneurship education compulsory in all the Zimbabwean universities and the focus should be on engineering and other non business department as well as training their lectures on how to teach entrepreneurship education.