Strategies for enhancing mentorship of in entrepreneurship: a case study of undergraduate students of Kwame Nkrumah university, Kabwe, Zambia.

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Kalonga Mwamba, Lefterius
Musonda, Astridah
Daka, Harrison
Muma Mulenga, Rosemary
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The University of Zambia
The purpose of this study was to investigate the strategies for enhancing mentorship in entrepreneurship for undergraduate students of tertiary education institutions, at Kwame Nkrumah University. The study was guided by the following specific objectives: to find out how students of Kwame Nkrumah University are being mentored in entrepreneurship and to establish strategies of enhancing mentorship of students in entrepreneurship at the University. This case study was anchored on pragmatism as its research paradigm; it used a mixed method approach and employed the concurrent triangulation design. The study used simple random sampling on students, random sampling for Lecturers and purposive sampling for Administrators. Data collection instruments were questionnaires and interview guides and analysed data was eventually presented in form of frequency tables, bar graphs and pie charts. The study’s findings were that majority of students of Kwame Nkrumah University are aware of the importance of mentorship in entrepreneurship and are willing to acquire entrepreneurial skills, only a minority of students who belong to the category of business studies formally have access to the said mentorship and that this mentorship is merely theoretical. University management’s emphasis on the acquisition of entrepreneurial skills, knowledge and values is below average. In view of enhancing mentorship of students in entrepreneurship at the university and in other similar institutions of tertiary education, the study has established a number of strategies and it has subsequently made key recommendations such as making the mentorship inclusive via curriculum revision and devising educational plans and policies and creating a resource bay. Key Words: Mentorship, Entrepreneurship and Educational Administration