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Title:Student Entrepreneurship on Campus: A Survival Response or a Career Rehearsal? The Case of Egerton University Student Entrepreneurs
Authors:Ndirangu, Mwangi
Bosire, Joseph
Year:2004
Periodical:Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (ISSN 1027-1775)
Volume:20
Issue:1
Period:January
Pages:51-66
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Kenya
East Africa
Subjects:students
entrepreneurs
livelihoods
Education and Oral Traditions
Development and Technology
Economics and Trade
Economics, Commerce
Universities and colleges
College students
Entrepreneurship
Educational costs
Survival strategies
External link:http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/eastern_africa_social_science_research_review/v020/20.1ndirangu.pdf
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 Egerton University students involved in small business ventures in an attempt to cope with their financial situations. It examines the characteristics of student entrepreneurs, reasons for their entry into business and how they cope with studies while operating businesses. The article shows that most of the respondents come from humble backgrounds and run a business mainly for survival. These results have implications for Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) in financing university education in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]
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