Journal of Education & Social Policy

ISSN 2375-0782 (Print) 2375-0790 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/jesp

Transforming University Knowledge Production towards the Promotion of Inclusive Development in Nigeria
Dr. Ekpenyong E. Ekanem, Dr. James E. Okon

Nigeria has been seemingly inelastic to global changes in terms of joining the post-industrial revolution. Renaissance of knowledge in Africa was identified as a potent factor for economic growth by World Bank. This factor could create opportunities to leap frogging in selected areas of economic growth and resolution of social problems in the region. Hence, this study examined transforming university knowledge production towards the promotion of inclusive development in Nigeria. This descriptive survey design study provided baseline information for supporting university knowledge-driven inclusive economic growth and equitable income distribution in order to promote inclusive development in the nation. Secondary data from National Bureau of Statistics and other data sources were obtained to answer three research questions raised in the study. Using the sample descriptive statistics, results obtained revealed low capacity in university knowledge production which yielded a low Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita and low knowledge Economy Index (KEI), but with high inclusive growth in Nigeria. The market-driven inclusive growth resulted in not having specific targets such as employment generation and income distribution. Therefore, it was recommended among others that government should create enhanced social and education environment. This will ensure sustained growth as well as fairness in income distribution towards the promotion of inclusive development.

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