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Promoting Entrepreneurship through Open and Distance Education in Zimbabwe. A Case Study of the Zimbabwe Open University Students at Masvingo Regional Campus

Emmanuel Dumbu

Emmanuel Dumbu 1

  1. Department of Banking and Finance, Faculty of Commerce and Law, Masvingo Regional Campus, Zimbabwe Open University 1

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The re-engineering of the Zimbabwean economy in the contemporary environment characterized by globalization has attracted the attention of the domestic policy makers. This is shown by the commitment by government on the re-positioning of the economy through the formulation of the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise Development and the churning of the empowerment and indigenization policies. For these policies to reach fruition, Higher Education in the form of Open and Distance Learning has to shoulder the burden. In the quest for the country to forge ahead with the development of the economy, entrepreneurship development has to be promoted through the ODL platform. The current study used an open ended questionnaire administered to 50 students from the Zimbabwe Open University, Masvingo Regional Campus using the purposive sampling technique. The data collected were analyzed thematically and results showed that entrepreneurship education is vital for the enhancement of the economy and entrepreneurship education inadequacies cause business failures. It was therefore recommended that the ODL institutions should design short courses in entrepreneurship, compulsory course for entrepreneurship in all faculties and Higher Education curriculum to provide options for entrepreneurship development among university students.
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Entrepreneurship, Open and distance education, Indigenization.


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( 368 ) Exchange Rate and Foreign Reserves Interface: Empirical Evidence from Nigeria
( 369 ) Impact of Participatory Decision Making on Organisational Goal Attainment
( 370 ) Conceptualisation of Lack of Discipline and Probity as the Main Cause towards Good Governance Practice
( 371 ) Service Quality and Outpatients Satisfaction in Public Hospitals in Malaysia
( 372 ) Satisfaction with Applications Fuels the Growth of Mobile Wallet Use in Thailand
( 376 ) Sectoral Credit Allocation of Deposit Money Banks and Poverty Reduction in Nigeria
( 377 ) Profitability of Commercial Bank on Interest Rate Deregulation
( 378 ) Gamification on Sales Force Performance in Nigeria Bottling Company
( 379 ) Foreign Direct Investment - Growth Linkage in Sub-Saharan Africa: Is Governance a Mediating Factor?
( 380 ) Factors that Influence Profitability of General Insurance Issuers in Indonesia
( 381 ) An Investigation of the Impact of Organisational Structure on Organisational Performance
( 382 ) Impact of Exchange Rate Fluctuation on Selected Economic Sectors of the Nigerian Economy
( 385 ) Impact of Network Finance Development on Inflation: Evidence from Chinese Market
( 386 ) An Empirical Evaluation of Cashless Systems Implementation in Ghana
( 387 ) Correlation between Financial Difficulties and Financing Strategies among Market Stallholders in Batangas City
( 388 ) Africa's Human Capital Development: Is Public Finance Management an Effective Strategy?
( 389 ) Analysis of Environmental Factors Affecting Manufacturing Small and Medium-Size Enterprises in Kogi State Nigeria
( 390 ) Regime Changes in the Volatility of Stock Markets
( 391 ) The Transitional Relationship between Economic Growth and Exchange Rate in Ghana: An Empirical Approach
( 392 ) Estimating the Economic Determinants of Technical Efficiency of Bioenergy in EU-28: An Application of Tobit Analysis
( 394 ) The Relationship between Financial Development, Economic Growth, and Inflation: Evidence from Southeast Asia
( 396 ) Determinants of Corporate Tax Avoidance Strategies among Multinational Corporations in Malaysia
( 398 ) Problems of Bilateral Trade Deficit between Bangladesh and India: A 2SLS Regression Analysis
( 399 ) Assessing the Perceived Value of Customers for being Satisfied towards the Sustainability of Hypermarket in Malaysia
( 400 ) Effects of Socio-Cultural Diversity on the Performance of Private Health Care Organizations in Kogi State
( 401 ) Organizational Memory and Employee Performance in Federal Parastatals in Enugu State of Nigeria