Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

International Centre of Excellence for Rural Finance & Entrepreneurship

(ICERFE)

 

Vision

To be a world-class Centre for Research and Training in Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship and a point of reference in the creation and dissemination of practical knowledge for Global Rural Financial Institutions and Entrepreneurs.

Mission

To provide robust resources and expertise that will propel the development of entrepreneurial mindset and capacity building in Rural Finance through teaching, research & training, networking and support services in order to foster innovation and development.

Philosophy

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International Centre of Excellence for Rural Finance and Enterprenuership

The Centre started with a grant from MacArthur Foundation worth $850,000 and continued its programmes up to August, 2015 when its activities and that of the NUC Entrepreneurship programme were merged and a director appointed. In pursuance of the mandates of MacArthur Foundation and the NUC, the Centre aims to be a World-Class Centre for Research and Training in Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship and a point of reference in the creation and dissemination of practical knowledge for Global Rural Financial Institutions and Entrepreneurs. The Centre strives to achieve this vision by providing robust resources and expertise that will propel the development of Entrepreneurial mindset and Capacity Building in Rural Finance through Teaching, Research & Training, Networking and Business Support Services in order to foster innovation and development.

Knowing full well that there was a paucity of specialists with the requisite skills and knowledge of Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship in the Country, the Centre embarked on massive capacity building/staff training locally and abroad. Twenty-nine (29) staff were trained in different countries, such as the U.S.A, Italy, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and the Republic of Benin. Based on the mandate of MacArthur, The Centre in collaboration with the University of New Hampshire (Carsey Institute) U.S.A. developed a Modular Course Structure for two postgraduate programmes: an M.Sc in Rural Finance and Entrepreneurship and a professional and blended learning Master Programme in Rural Finance.

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M.Sc Rural Finance & Entrepreneurship

International Centre of Excellence for Rural Finance & Entrepreneurship

(ICERFE)