The Role of Tertiary Education in Human Resource Development

Eunice A. Odionye


The study aimed at highlighting the role of tertiary education in human resource development. In order to clarify the variables that constitute this topic; education, tertiary education, human resources and development were discussed. These concepts were given meaning for better understanding. Human resource development as a compound term was examined, revealing that it has to do with the process of improving and developing the skills and potentials of the individual who in turn develops the organization or society where they operate. The role of tertiary education in human resource development were examined, stressing its importance in the inculcation of worthwhile knowledge, skills, creative abilities, values, and the spirit of commitment which is paramount to the overall development of the system. Certain challenges ranging from human, economic and financial related factors were identified as setback to the higher institution’s drive for human resource development. Based on these identified challenges, recommendations were made for the way forward. It was finally submitted that if recommendations made are properly implemented, the course of human resource development will be greatly achieved.

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