A STUDY OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP TENDENCY OF UNIVERSITY GRADUATES: EVIDENCE FROM ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL AFRICA (AUCA)
- Entrepreneurship Tendency
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The study intends to assess the “The Entrepreneurship Tendency of University Graduates: Evidence from Adventist University of Central Africa”. This study was inspired by speeches made by speakers during graduation ceremonies calling on graduands to use the knowledge and skills they have acquired to create jobs for themselves and others to address high unemployment rate. The researcher therefore wanted to verify if university students in Rwanda graduate with an inspiration of being entrepreneurs. Variables that were assessed include: risk taking; hard working; self-confidence; innovativeness; leadership and optimistic/positive thinking. The study used descriptive research design. Respondents were students of Adventist University of Central Africa of faculty of Business Administration and Information Technology, who fulfilled their requirements for the bachelor’s degree in July, 2017. Data was collected through questionnaires, interviews and observation. The population of the study was 497, by using random sampling techniques; questionnaires were answered by 430 graduating students. For data analysis, percentages were computed; analyzed and interpreted. Findings show that respondents have low tendency of entrepreneurship in all indicators. The researcher found out that the low tendency is caused by many things that students do not access while they are still in universities, such as role models, moral-support network and professional support network that usually foster entrepreneurship tendencies. The researcher gave many recommendations to AUCA such as to review the curriculum and integrate entrepreneurship tendency in learning.