A Stakeholder Approach: What can be done to improve Higher Education Quality and Graduate Employability?

Nwajiuba, Chinyere Augusta, Igwe, Paul, Akinsola-Obatolu, Abiola Deborah , Icha-Ituma, Afam and Binuomote, Micheal Olayinka (2020) A Stakeholder Approach: What can be done to improve Higher Education Quality and Graduate Employability? Industry and Higher Education . ISSN 0950-4222

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The primary focus of higher education (HE) should be developing learner’s knowledge on theories, research and skills. The purpose of the study is twofold: First, it identifies to what extent Nigerian higher education institutions (HEIs) enables the development of quality education, employability and skills. Second, it outlines the roles of the major HE stakeholders and offers ways to improve graduate’s knowledge, employability and skills. The study is based on a qualitative design incorporating interviews from 27 experienced Executives of public and private organisations, industry Executives, education agencies and members of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Nigeria. Data were analysed thematically to produce perceptions of key HE stakeholders. Findings reveal that there is a minimal collaboration between HEIs and industry, leading to low innovations of scale that can help produce graduates with high technical knowledge and skills. This study reveals that some HEIs in Nigeria lack adequate teaching pedagogy, funding and infrastructure to carry out the teaching of employability skills. Several practical and social implications stem out of this study, especially, how to improve graduate employability in Nigeria, the need to create a base for HEIs and industry collaboration.

Keywords:Stakeholder Theory, Higher Education, Graduate Employability, Generic Skills
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X340 Academic studies in Tertiary Education
X Education > X360 Academic studies in Specialist Education
X Education > X220 Study skills
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
ID Code:38987
Deposited On:28 Nov 2019 11:01

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