Welcome to Centre for Entrepreneurship & Development Research, UNN
CHANGE OF LEADERSHIP
Prof.(Mrs.) Chika Oguonu, on assuming office in 2007 as the sixth and the first female Director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Development Research (CEDR) made clear the blue print of her vision and goals for the Centre. She swung into action by giving the CEDR a structural face lift within few weeks in office. Prof. (Mrs.) Chika Oguonu, an erudite Professor, astute leader and seasoned administrator has put her wealth of experience into practical operations. Being a result oriented leader and promoter of team work, she has successfully energized and motivated her staff by introducing a creative and strategic work plan that is all inclusive to ensure effectiveness, productivity and optimum output in line with the Centre’s mandate. Following up some major activities of the Centre, she has put measures on ground to ensure more effective and efficient teaching of CED 341 & 342 courses. Not relenting in any area of our service delivery, the Director has re-organized the existing committees and constituted new ones to match the scope of work that represent her vision for the Centre. She has facilitated the reviving of some programmes of CEDR which has been in moribund state. These programmes include Business Enhancement Training (BET), Vocational Skill Acquisition programmes, Entrepreneurship Day Celebration, and occasional Workshops/Seminars. Prof. (Mrs.) Oguonu has also made very positive move to revamp existing relationships between the Centre and some of her strategic partners. The Director has gone further to secure other prominent partnerships both local and international for global relevance. The Centre today is wearing a pretty look, with highly enthusiastic and well motivated staff united to set the pace other contemporaries will follow. It is obvious, the Centre will contribute significantly to the realization of the dreams of the present administration of University of Nigeria, Nsukka , which is to make UNN an entrepreneurial and world class University through the action oriented leadership of Prof.(Mrs.) Chika Oguonu. See Director’s Profile
Right from inception, the CEDR has worked tirelessly to position herself as a top rate entrepreneurship and development research centre. In 2007 it became the first University owned entrepreneurship centre to be commissioned by Central Bank of Nigeria to teach and inculcate entrepreneurial culture in the South eastern part of Nigeria. In 2008, the CEDR made a proposal to teach entrepreneurship to all penultimate and final year students of the University of Nigeria which was approved by the University Senate. The CEDR has taken entrepreneurship education to town and has trained traders, mechanics, artisans, and other apprentices in both some relevant skills and entrepreneurship. Recently, an ultra Modern office complex has been built for the Centre at Enugu Campus of the University and there are plans to put up a permanent structure for the Centre’s head office at Nsukka Campus of the University. Since its establishment in 2006, the CEDR has undergone considerable transformation aimed at effectively delivering along the line of its objectives which include: developing entrepreneurship spirit amongst Nigerians and providing insight into the tools, techniques and framework for managing all functional areas of business enterprises, including production, marketing, personnel and finance; developing skills of would be entrepreneur to successfully start, expand, diversify, and manage a business enterprise as well as link them with financial institutions for startup capital, especially the Micro Finance banks; generating employment opportunities for Nigerians. In fact the CEDR in its activities is contributing in realizing the goals of the National Economic Empowerment Development Strategy (NEEDS).