UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY COLLABORATION AND GRADUATE UNEMPLOYMENT IN NIGERIA: A CASE STUDY OF ONDO STATE, NIGERIA

O O Adepoju , A O Adedeji,

Abstract



Research evidence has shown that university-industry collaboration presents a wide range
of benefits to industries, higher institutions and to the development of a nation. This study
investigated the existence of university-industry collaboration; the factors militating against
the collaboration and the extent to which university-industry collaboration can reduce
unemployment in Nigeria. A descriptive survey was adopted with the use of structured
questionnaire and an in-depth interview (IDI) to collect data using cluster random sampling
technique to select a sample of 250 participants from three selected universities (FUTA,
AAUA and AUO) and industries in Ondo State. Three research questions were raised to
guide the study and the data obtained were analysed using descriptive statistics of Statistical
Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS 20.0). The study revealed that a weak relationship
(97% responses from respondents) exists between universities and industries in Nigeria. It
also revealed that university-industry relationship will significantly reduce the level of
unemployment among graduates in Nigeria. In addition, lack of interest on the part of
industries and lack of awareness of the importance of university-industry relationship were
discovered as the major factors militating against university-industry collaboration.
Therefore The paper therefore concludes that strengthening university-industry
collaboration through policy implementation by the Federal Government will create more
industries and entrepreneurial businesses, thereby minimizing the rate of graduate
unemployment in the country.

Keywords:university, industry, collaboration, unemployment

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