What can be done to improve higher education quality and graduate employability in Nigeria? A stakeholder approach

Nwajiuba, Chinyere Augusta, Igwe, Paul, Akinsola-Obatolu, Abiola Deborah , Icha-Ituma, Afam and Binuomote, Micheal Olayinka (2020) What can be done to improve higher education quality and graduate employability in Nigeria? A stakeholder approach. Industry and Higher Education, 34 (5). pp. 358-367. ISSN 0950-4222

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0950422219901102

A Stakeholder Approach: What can be done to improve Higher Education Quality and Graduate Employability?
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The purpose of this study is twofold. First, it identifies the extent to which Nigerian higher education institutions (HEIs) enable the development of graduate skills and employability. Second, it outlines the roles of the major stakeholders in higher education and suggests ways to improve graduates’ knowledge, employability and skills. The study is based on a qualitative design incorporating interviews with representatives of public and private organizations, education agencies and members of non-governmental organizations in Nigeria. The data were analysed thematically to ascertain the perceptions of key stakeholders. The findings reveal that there is a minimal collaboration between HEIs and industry and many HEIs in Nigeria lack the necessary pedagogy, funding and infrastructure to carry out the teaching of employability skills. Several practical and policy implications arise from the study regarding improving graduate employability in Nigeria – in particular, the need to create a culture and environment that are conducive to HEI–industry–government collaboration and the need to design the curriculum to enable the teaching of employability skills.

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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