The Entrepreneurship Study Centre (ESC), Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, under the Vice Chancellor’s (VC) office is an academic arm vested with the responsibility of training under-graduate students with entrepreneurship skills. It is in accordance with the directive of Federal Government which stipulates that entrepreneurship education must be included into the curriculum of university education in Nigeria. The intent is to imbue graduates with the mind set of entrepreneurship culture in order for them to generate and realize new opportunities in the economy.
The centre was established in July 11, 2011 following the appointment of its pioneer Coordinator in the name of Mal Usman Junaidu, while its office complex allocation was made on August 2, 2011. On December 30, 2011 Mal Usman Junaid handed over the affairs of the centre to Mal Mustapha Rasheed, as directed by the Vice Chancellor, and proceeded to Sudan on academic pursuit.
In June 2013, an Ag. Director in the name of Mal. Salele Iro, was appointed, in accordance with the National Universities Commission’s directive that all Entrepreneurship Centre should be headed by a Director, from the academics.
As earlier mentioned, the major mandate given to the centre is to train students on entrepreneurship skills according to Nigerian University Commission’s Benchmark (Minimum Academic Standard for Undergraduate Programmes in Nigerian Universities).
Activities started at the centre in March, 2012, (2011/ 2012 session), afterthe then Ag. Coordinator submitted a take-off plan for the commencement of the programme to the Vice- Chancellor, which he approved.
Implementation Strategy of the plan:
According to the takeoff plan, the programme began in 2011 / 2012 academic session, second semester, with levels 300 and 400 as the participants. It was ran as a non-credit earning course then, while emphasis was given on attendance, case study analysis, submission of business plan and visitations to some cottage industries and craft centre. At the end of the non- credit earning programme, which lasted for twelve weeks, certificates were awarded to students of the programme based on their attendance.
The credit- earning started with the then incoming 200 and 300levels.
Lectures and Venues:
Lectures were scheduled according to students’ population in their respective faculties / departments. Therefore students from each faculty were taught in their various faculty lecture theaters. Already, three major theaters at the various faculties together with that of students’ centre were identified for the purpose.
Resource persons were sourced within the University and also from other established organizations for the smooth take- off of this programme. Also the help of successful entrepreneurs were invited to share their experiences with the students.