Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal (Print ISSN: 1087-9595; Online ISSN: 1528-2686)

Abstract

Students Entrepreneurial Intentions at A University of Technology in Gauteng Province, South Africa

Author(s): Letsoalo, ME,Rankhumise, EM,

Interest in entrepreneurship has developed tremendously over the years and this study was aimed at evaluating students’ perspectives of entrepreneurial intentions at the Tshwane University of Technology. The sample for this study comprised of 279 (153 [54.84%] first year and 126 [45.16%] no first year) students. The data collected was analysed through Stata version 15. Rank-sum test results indicated that students who were in the first year and those who were not in the first year had significantly different perceptions of entrepreneurial intentions. While students brought their own experiences into the university lecture rooms; the time spent at university deepened their perspective of entrepreneurship. It emerged that students’ exposure to entrepreneurship education had a positive effect on their entrepreneurial intentions. It is further found that as the students move further into the next level of study, positivity on entrepreneurship education is enhanced. It is recommended that the entrepreneurship education should incorporate activities that are real-life based and require problem-solving capabilities. It is further recommended to link course content of the entrepreneurship with entrepreneurial ecosystem. Finally, business feasibility should be considered as a missing component in the entrepreneurship course content and this could provide a sense of prospects of the envisaged business venture.