Title: The future of information technology education in Nigeria: innovative public-private partnerships

Authors: Godwin C. Ariguzo, Timothy P. Shea, Rupert Ward, D. Steven White

Addresses: Department of Management and Marketing, Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747, USA. ' Department of Decision and Information Sciences, Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747, USA. ' Department of Informatics (University Centre Oldham), University of Huddersfield, Cromwell Street, Oldham, Lancashire OL1 1BB, UK. ' Department of Management and Marketing, Charlton College of Business, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, Massachusetts 02747, USA

Abstract: Nigeria|s current status in the world and within the Sub-Saharan region is reviewed in terms of its focus on information technology education, by examining the Higher Education market, private computer industries within Nigeria, and the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), a national initiative designed to dramatically improve Nigeria|s competitiveness in computer industries. The results of research into the effectiveness of Public-Private Partnerships in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in Nigeria are then discussed. The perceptions of computer industry executives and Higher Education representatives towards greater competitiveness in Nigeria|s Information Technology industry are investigated. The authors provide recommendations for how Nigerian Higher Education Institutions and computer-related businesses can develop effective method of advancing ICT Public-Private Partnerships.

Keywords: information technology education; information and communications technology; ICT; Nigeria; public-private partnerships; Sub-Saharan Africa; computer industry; higher education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJBIR.2007.013728

International Journal of Business Innovation and Research, 2007 Vol.1 No.4, pp.425 - 447

Published online: 23 May 2007 *

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