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Student entrepreneurship on campus: a survival response or a career rehearsal?

Bosire, Joseph; Ndirangu, Mwangi

Abstract:
Kenya’s university education faces a dilemma of increased demand for places against declining funding and increased graduate unemployment. The introduction of cost sharing, in an environment of increased poverty levels and inadequate educational loans and bursaries, has further aggravated matters. This article presents findings of a case study on 50 university students involved in small business ventures in an attempt to cope with their financial situations. The study sought to find out the characteristics of student entrepreneurs, reasons for entry into business and how they coped with studies while operating businesses. The study shows that most of the respondents came from humble backgrounds and ran business mainly for survival. These results have useful implications on the effects of Structural Adjustment Programmes in financing university education in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa.

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Document Title: Student entrepreneurship on campus: a survival response or a career rehearsal?


Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Finance and Physical Resources
Country:Kenya
Keywords:Kenya, Graduate Unemployment, Case Study, Student Debt, Cost Sharing, Student Loan Schemes, Entrepreneurship,Small Business, Student Perception, Student Attitudes, Student Achievement


File Size:179 KB
Rights:Permission granted to AHERO by the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)
Date Added:09 February 2007


Bosire, Joseph; Ndirangu, Mwangi (2004). Student entrepreneurship on campus: a survival response or a career Eastern African Social Science Review, 20( 1 ): 51-66