EFFECT OF ENTREPRENEURIAL EDUCATION AND ATTITUDE ON ENTREPRENEURIAL INTENTION AMONG GRADUATING STUDENTS OF THE NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES: A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK

In Nigeria, unemployment has become normal for years comparing its neighbor countries. One of the least focused aspects of reducing unemployment is promoting entrepreneurship. Despite all factual and empirical evidence confirming that Entrepreneurship is the engine that propelled growth of every economy around the world, Nigeria is yet to experience meaningful growth of Entrepreneurship. The objective of this study is to propose a link between Entrepreneurial Education (EE) and Attitude on Entrepreneurial (EA) Intention among Graduating Students of the Nigerian Universities. The formulation of the framework is based on a review of literature on Entrepreneurship, This conceptual paper is based on a critical literature review of EI, and from the foresight of the former research result. for this paper, more than 100 articles from Science Direct, Emerald, Taylor & Francis, and many peer-review papers published in the international journals and conferences were reviewed through the research period. It of no doubt if this study is validated will provide an avenue for Government to develop new strategies for eradicating unemployment in the country, and to embolden graduate’s intention to partake in small business. The proposed framework will assist not only in helping students to develop an intention to start their venture but also to policy-makers and other stakeholders in improving the university curriculum to include a practical approach toward students partaking in an entrepreneurial venture. The results of the action regulation factors would boost the establishment of additional sustainable enterprises in Nigeria.

Keywords: Entrepreneurial Intention, Entrepreneurial Attitude, Entrepreneurial Education.