CED is a teaching support centre for motivating students by encouraging and supporting them in launching and successfully growing an enterprise with the aim of promoting self employment. In other words, equips students with creative skills that would make them to perform well as entrepreneurs. The centre has a mini-library with relevant scholarly collections. In addition to teaching supports, at present the list of services rendered by the centre are; Production of poultry products; eggs and chickens for sales, livestocks rearing specifically sheep and goats and gardening.
VisionTo have CED Laboratories, to form research groups, to have collaborative work/students lecture room, to have ICT facilities and upgrade the centre to an institute.
MissionTo nurture competent and highly motivated individuals who can transform innovations into economic goods and serves as integrated model of economic development.
- To provide students with scientific and technological skills acquisition for self-employment, self-reliance and employers of labour.
- To create a way of generating income to the university through the generated revenue from the production, training and research.
- To promote excitement of research in the field of science and Technology.
- To facilitate collaboration with critical stakeholders to achieve global best practices of technology incubation and entrepreneurship.
- To position the entrepreneurship development centre to be capable of collaboration with international agencies and both local and international investors to achieve global best practices of entrepreneurship development.
PhylosophyThe Entrepreneurship teaching support programme of the University is a module designed based with core philosophy of expanding the university entrepreneurship development centre to a more economically viable centre and to help students by equipping them with enough technical skills to be employers of labour instead of job seekers, thereby reducing the level of unemployment in the society. Also to expand the scope of the centre to the host community by collaboration with state and local governments in training and retraining of youth and women to become productive thereby drastically reducing social vices in the country.
Research Profile and ProjectsIn Collaboration with Raw materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Abuja, machineries will be put in place for plant oils extraction and products development from available raw materials. Also on the pipeline are proposed research workshops, conferences and research Journal (Journal of Entrepreneurial Development).
Affiliate Programmes and LinkagesThe center will serve as a medium for utilizing the vast underutilized available agricultural and mineral resources in Zamfara state. This can be achieved by provision of good processing unit. Capable hands that can facilitate the linkage and collaboration as well as capability to handle the practical aspect are identified. There is a huge political will from the university authority, the state and federal government in diversification of the economy as a result of fall out in the crashing of the price of crude oil as such the government is willing to welcome or assist any attempt to diversify the economy. Efforts are on the pipeline for affiliation with relevant national and international entrepreneurships institutes, organizations, and research centres. Example, Raw Material Research and Development Council (RMRDC) Abuja. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD) Abuja.
Teaching Support ProgrammesDraft of practical course outline/ manual is designed to start student’s practical work or hand-on-training on production of cosmetics and horticulture (floriculture & siviculture) technology. To ensure compliance with relevant departments’ curriculum the centre has linkage with department of general studies for entrepreneurship curriculum implementation.