The Director of the Entrepreneurship and Skills Development Centre, University of Lagos, Associate Professor, Sunday Adebisi, has disclosed that the university will be launching its online Entrepreneurship Education platform for its 57,000 students. The platform would grant 24 hours direct access to the students every day.
While reacting to the recent ranking of the university as the third best most productive school in Entrepreneurship Education in Africa by Forbes – a global media company, focusing on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and lifestyle, Adebisi stated “We are expecting that by the time they do the next ranking, we are likely going to be number one in Africa’’.
Commenting further, Adebisi said “And this is the first time any Nigeria university will be so ranked by Forbes, in this kind of category. “So, that is to tell you that what UNILAG is now known for today is that any graduating student from the institution is to earn two things: a degree and at the same time extreme knowledge in entrepreneurship.
“Such graduate is also likely to have an opportunity of creating his or her own enterprise before leaving the university. “So, today we are the third best in the entire Africa, and this is what has been the drive by the management of the institution.
“What is core to us is entrepreneurship ever since the Prof. Ogundipe-led management came on board two and half years ago. “We really want to salute all those who made the ranking possible, the students, staff and the entire management.”
While speaking further, Adebisi noted that entrepreneurship is the only thing that could give everyone the opportunity to be able to be creative and innovative. He also stated that entrepreneurship today is almost everything because citizens are now in a nation that needs to be extremely productive, with everyone being into production to be able to be self-sustaining.
With people in age bracket 15 -35 making up about 70 per cent of the entire population, Adebisi believes Nigerians are supposed to be in active production. This, according to him is what the university believes in, and that is why the centre is very strong in promoting entrepreneurship education, just like the institution’s Business School (ULBS).
The university’s entrepreneurship education platform will come on board before the end of the year and will give direct entrepreneurship education access to the 57,000 students across board, which include both the undergraduates, the Postgraduates, every year and every hour.