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Research to aid  in developing employable and self-employed graduates

In his doctoral thesis: “The relationship between perceived employability and intention for self-employment among university students,” Dr Habofanwe Andreas Koloba  proposes a model to aid universities in developing well rounded graduates who are both employable and who can be self-employed. 

  Dr Habofanwe Andreas Koloba Study promoter: Prof J Surujlal


Dr Koloba – a lecturer in the School of Economic Sciences (within the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology) on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal), received his doctorate during the recent October graduation ceremony. Dr Koloba’s research argues that perceived employability of university students is related to the intention for self-employment if the labour market is favourable, the knowledge and skills of students are appropriate, and students’ self-confidence is high.

Through his study he proposes and empirically tested a model that determines the factors that influence students’ perceptions regarding their employability and intention for self-employment. Different stakeholders such as universities, employers and government can use this model to better understand students’ employment choices.

More about Dr Koloba

Dr Koloba was born in Trompsburg in the Free State Province. He matriculated from Trompsburg Combined School in 1992. In 1997 he completed a BCom degree, and in 2001 he completed a Higher Diploma in Education (postgraduate). Both qualifications were obtained from the former Vista University, Bloemfontein Campus. In 2003 he enrolled for a Hons BCom at the University of the Free State which he completed in 2004.

His academic journey at the North-West University started in 2011, when he enrolled for a Master of Commerce in Entrepreneurship at the Vaal Triangle Campus – which he completed in 2012. The title of his Masters dissertation was: “Entrepreneurial orientation of Generation Y students in the Vaal Triangle region.” Dr Koloba has worked at various Further Education and Training colleges (FET) IN THE Free State as a lecturer during the period 1998 to 2010. He has been employed by the Vaal Triangle Campus since 2010.

* The promoter of this study was Prof J Surujlal – Research Director at the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology on the Vaal Triangle Campus. 

Prof Linda du Plessis conferrerd the degree