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Higher education and youth preparation for the labour market: the case of universities in Nigeria.

Adeogun, A.A.; Oyebade, S.A.; Osifila, G.I.

Abstract:
This paper examines the role of higher institutions of learning, especially university, in preparing youth for the labour market. Human capital formation has been described as a pre-condition for the success of any nation. One important institution that entrepreneurs in both public and private sectors of the economy rely on for the production of high level manpower is the university. However, evidences have shown that a large mismatch appears to exist between university output and labour market demand. There is an abundance of university trained labour, but the most worrisome feedback from employers of Nigerian graduates is just how serious quality deterioration has become. Most employers observe that the qualities of university graduates have worsened. This paper, therefore, examines the ideal role of universities, the causes of quality deterioration in Nigerian universities and strategies to solve the prevailing problems in order to prepare and produce quality graduates for the labour market in Nigeria.

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Document Title: Higher education and youth preparation for the labour market: the case of universities in Nigeria.
Institution: University of Lagos
City and Country: Lagos, Nigeria


Date:2009
Document Type:Paper (Not Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Country:Nigeria
Keywords:Higher Education, Labour Market, Labour Market Trends, Labour Force, Employment, Employment Opportunities, Employability, Employment trends, Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship Education, Internships, Graduate Employment, Nigeria


File Size:84 KB
Rights:Permission granted by authors
Date Added:30 June 2009


Adeogun, A.A.; Oyebade, S.A.; Osifila, G.I. (2009). Higher education and youth preparation for the labour market: the case of universities in Nigeria. Department of Educational Administration, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos.