Gender Differences in Academic Performance and Industry Relevance: a Study of a Nigerian Private University Graduates
Author(s): Tayo O. George, Mofoluwake P. Ajayi, Olawale Y. Olonade, Temilorun Olanipekun, Mercy E. Adebayo
Abstract: This article examines the linkage between university education, academic performance, and industry relevance among graduates of a Nigerian Private University in Ogun State, Southwest, Nigeria. Multiple research methods, including existing records from secondary sources and In-depth interviews, were used for the primary data collection. Existing record on students’ academic performance obtained from the University’s Center for Systems and Information (CSIS) for all academic programs in the two colleges sampled: College of Development Studies (CDS) and College of Science and Technology (CST) in the University was complemented by In-depth interviews of academic advisers and heads of department across the programs in addition to the data from the University’s Alumni office on present places of employment of the graduates within the stipulated period (2006-2018). The study found that the female graduates’ excellent academic performance across various programs did not reflect in industry relevance in terms of visibility in the economy’s critical formal sectors compared to their male counterparts. The study recommends the need for female graduates’ urgent pragmatic steps to maximize the benefits of career opportunities by translating the same into paid employment.
Keywords: Gender, Academic performance, Industry Relevance, University
DOI: 10.37394/23207.2021.18.49WSEAS Transactions on Business and Economics, ISSN / E-ISSN: 1109-9526 / 2224-2899, Volume 18, 2021, Art. #49