My Resume


Welcome to the official website of Dr Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie, lecturer, researcher and technical vocational education and training (TVET) consultant.

Brief Profile

Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie is a lecturer in the Department of Vocational & Technical Education, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike, Ikwo, Ebonyi State, Nigeria. He is an academic researcher with special interests in Business and Management Studies, Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), Management Learning and Higher Education teaching and learning in the developing world contexts. He taught pre-vocational education subjects for five years in the Technical College and he is currently promoting vocational skill development and employability of TVET graduates through teaching and quality research.

Ugochukwu Chinonso Okolie holds PhD (2021), M.Ed (2016) and BSc.Ed (2009) in TVET from the Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki. He is an entrepreneur, a committed academic researcher and has published on a broad range of College and Higher Education issues (edited books, book chapters, and academic journal papers) in developing world context.

Dr Okolie has worked with some key TVET centers in Nigeria to develop their human capital needs through an effective recruitment process, improve student-centred learning outcomes through robust assessment. He has presented research papers in major United Nations, African Development Bank and University conferences within Africa and Asia.

Dr. Okolie can be found on Web of Science, Google Scholar, Scopus and ORCID. Email: nonyeck@gmail.com; okolie.chinonso@funai.edu.ng

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Research Interests

  • Management Learning
  • Vocational Education & Training
  • Higher Education Research
  • Career and Graduate Employability
  • Business and Management Studies

Guest Editor Role

Dr Okolie is currently guest editing a Special Issue of the Industry and Higher Education for the year 2022 with Dr Paul Agu Igwe and Prof. Nnamdi O. Madichie. The Special Issue Title is Work placement learning: Exploring self-employment and paid employment behaviour in higher education. We thank scholars who submitted their original manuscripts from Nigeria, UK, Japan and Australia. The full Special Issue will be published officially in December 2022 by Industry and Higher Education – SAGE Journal.


Editorial Board Membership

Dr. Okolie is recently appointed an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Career Assessment, a top tier Vocational Psychology Journal published by SAGE. Ranked by ABS 2*, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, Ranked A in ABDC and Clarivate Analytics. Impact Factor: 3.2


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Research and Publications

Because my research has focused more on vocational skills development, work placement learning, career development and employability of graduates, the important research questions below have been addressed by my research publications:

  1. How can higher education institutions improve their efforts toward ensuring that their graduates meet the employability skills demand of employers?
  2. How does work placement learning – a career and employability enhancement programme of higher education institutions inform support for a progressive policy change?
  3. How does vocational education & training improve students’ technical and generic skills development leading to finding new jobs and creating new jobs?
  4. How can educational practices be improved to advance students’ career development and entrepreneurial skills?

I have collaborated with many scholars in the fields of vocational education & training, management and psychology from various higher education institutions to research and publish the papers presented below:



Elom, C. O, Okolie, U. C., Uwaleke, C. C., Umoke, C. C., Abonyi, S. O., & Nwele, A. O. (2024). The effect of openness to experience on students’ readiness for school-to-work Transition. Journal of Career Assessment. | Published by SAGE | Ranked by ABS 2*, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABDC Category C and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 3.2


2023


Okolie, UC., Lubbungu, J., Osuji, C. U., Idike, I. M., Ugwuda, S. O., Ehiobuche, C. & Sieme, P. (2023). Career-related teacher support and decision to choose teaching as a career: a three-wave study of Nigerian and Zambian university students. International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance | Published by Springer. | Ranked by Scopus, ABS 1, Web of Science | Impact Factor: 1.8


Elom, C. O., Okolie, U. C., Abonyi, S. O., Eke, D. O., & Umoke, C. C. (2023). Students’ satisfaction with their academic majors and study commitment: The mediating role of academic psychological capital. Psychology in the Schools, | Published by Wiley | Ranked by Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 2.0


Uwakwe, R. C., Okolie, U. C., Ehiobuche, C., Ochunanwata, C., & Idike, I. M. (2022). A Multi-Group Study of Psychological Capital and Job Search Behaviours among University Graduates With and Without Work Placement Learning Experience. Journal of Career Assessment. | Published by SAGE | Ranked by ABS 2*, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABDC Category C and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 3.2


Okolie, U. C., Mlanga, S., Nwosu, H. E., Mezieobi, K. C., Okorie, C. & Abonyi, O. S. (2023). Work Placement Supervisor Support and Students’ Proactive Career Behaviours: The Moderating Role of Proactivity. Journal of Career Development, 50(1), 168–184 | Published by SAGE | Ranked by ABS 1*, ABDC Category B, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 2.9.


Okorie, C., Nwankwo, F., Iwuala, H. & Okolie, U. C., (2023). Understanding Contextual and Personality-Related Factors Predicting Student Career Certainty in Work Placement Learning. Journal of Career Assessment, 31(1), 68-84 | Published by SAGE | Ranked by ABS 2*, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABDC Category A and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 3.2.


2022


Okolie, U. C. (2022). Work Placement Learning and Students’ Readiness for School-to-Work Transition: Do Perceived Employability and Faculty Supervisor Support Matter? Journal of Vocational Behavior | Published by Elsevier | Ranked by ABS 4, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABDC Category A* and Web of Sciences. Impact Factor: 11.1.


Okolie, U. C., Igwe, P. A. & Madichie, N. (2022). Special issue: Work placement learning – exploring self-employment and paid employment behaviour in higher education. Industry and Higher Education, 36(6), 689-692 | Published by SAGE | Ranked by Web of Science, ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.7


Okolie, U. C., Mlanga, S., Oyerinde, D. O., Olaniyi, N. O., & Ezemoyih, C. M. (2022). Collaborative Learning and Student Engagement in Practical Skills Acquisition, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 59(6), 669-678 | Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABS 2* and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 1.8


Okolie, U. C., Nwali, A. C., Ogbaekirigwe, C. O., Ezemoyi, C. M, & Achilike, B. A. (2022). A closer look at how work placement learning influences student engagement in practical skills acquisition. Higher Education Research & Development, 41(7), 2278-2291 | Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 3.2


Okolie, U.C., Elom, C.O., Onajite, G. O., Abonyi, S. O. & Igwe, P. A. (2022). Exploring the link between student placement learning in business organizations and self-employment preparatory behaviours. Industry and Higher Education, 36(6), 693–704. Published by SAGE | Ranked by Web of Science , ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.7



Ogba, F. N., Okolie, U. C., Udu, D. A. & Idike, I. M. (2022). How do work placement learning instructional methods enhance students’ learning experiences?, Industry and Higher Education, 36(6), 705–715. | Published by SAGE | Ranked by Clarivate Analytics, ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.7


Okolie, U. C., Igwe, P. A., Mong, I. K., Nwosu, H. E., Kanu, C., & Ojemuyide, C. C. (2022). Enhancing students’ critical thinking skills through engagement with innovative pedagogical practices in the Global South. Higher Education Research & Development, 41(4), 1184-1198. | Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 3.2


Nwosu, H.E, Obidike, P. C., Ugwu, J. N., Udeze, C. C & Okolie, U. C. (2022). Applying Social Cognitive Theory to Placement Learning in Business Firms and Students’ Entrepreneurial Intention. The International Journal of Management Education. Published by Elsevier | Ranked by ABS 1*, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABDC Category C and Web of Science . Impact Factor: 5.2


Ehiobuche, C., Okolie, U. C., Nwali, A. C., & Igwe, P. (2022). Is there a link between industry involvement in higher education learning and student job creation intention? Industry and Higher Education, 36(2), 177-189. Published by SAGE | Ranked by Clarivate Analytics, ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 0.5


Okolie, U. C., Oluka, B. N., Oluwayemisi, F. B., Achilike, B. A. & Ezemoyih, C. M. (2022). Overcoming obstacles to collaborative learning practices: a study of student learning in higher education-based vocational education and training. International Journal of Training Research, 20(1), 73–91. Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Web of Science, Q3 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 0.5


2021


Otache, I., Edokpolor, J. E., & Okolie, U. C. (2021). Entrepreneurial self-confidence, perceived desirability and feasibility of hospitality business and entrepreneurial intentions of hospitality management technology students. The International Journal of Management Education. Published by Elsevier | Ranked by ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science . Impact Factor: 5.2.


Okolie, U. C., Ogwu, E. N., Osuji, C. U., Ogba, F., Igwe, P., & Obih, S. O. (2021). A critical perspective on TVET teachers’ pedagogical practices: Insights into the guiding pedagogical principles in practice. Journal of Vocational Education & Training | Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABS 1*, ABDC Category B and Web of Science , Impact Factor: 1.9


Okolie, U. C., Ehiobuche, C., Igwe, P. A., Agha-Okoro, M., & Onwe C. C. (2021). Women entrepreneurship and poverty alleviation: Understanding the economic and socio-cultural context of the Igbo women’s basket weaving enterprise in Nigeria. Journal of African Business, 22(4), 448-467. Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by ABDC Category C, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 1.9


Okolie, U. C., Igwe, P. A., Ayoola, A. A., Nwosu, H. E., Kanu, C. & Mong, I. K. (2021). Entrepreneurial competencies of undergraduate students: The case of universities in Nigeria. The International Journal of Management Education, 19(1), 100452. Published by Elsevier | Ranked by ABS 1*, Scopus, ABDC Category C, Q1 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 5.2


Okolie, U.C., Ochinanwata, C., Ochinanwata, N., Igwe, P. A., & Okorie, G. O. (2021). Perceived supervisor support and learner career curiosity: The mediating effect of sense of belonging, engagement and self-efficacy. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 11(5), 966-982. Published by Emerald Insights | Ranked by ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Scopus, Q2 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 1.9


Okolie, U. C., Nwajiuba, C. A., Eneje B., Binuomote, M. O., Ehiobuche, C. & Hack-Polay, D. (2021). A critical perspective on industry involvement in higher education learning: Enhancing graduates’ knowledge and skills for job creation in Nigeria . Industry and Higher Education, 35(1), 61-72. Published by SAGE | Ranked by Web of Science, ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.7


Okolie, U. C, Elom, E. N.; Igwe, P. A., Binuomote, M. O., Nwajiuba, C. A., & Igu, N. (2021). Improving graduate outcomes: Implementation of problem-based learning in the TVET system of Nigerian higher education. Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 11(1), 92-110. Published by Emerald Insights | Ranked by ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Scopus, Q2 in Scimago and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 1.9


Igwe, P. A., Okolie, U. C., & Nwokoro, C. V. (2021). Towards a responsible entrepreneurship education and the future of the workforce. The International Journal of Management Education, 19(1), 1-11 | Published by Elsevier | Ranked by ABS 1*, Scopus, Q1 in Scimago, ABDC Category C and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 5.2.


2020


Okolie, U.C., Elom, E. N., Igwe, P. A., Nwajiuba, C. A., Binuomote, M. O., & Igu, N. (2020). How TVET teachers foster employability skills: Insights from developing countries. International Journal of Training Research, 18(3), 231-249. Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Web of Science , Q3 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 0.5


Okolie, U. C., Igwe, P. A., Nwajiuba, C. A., Mlanga, S., Binuomote, M., Nwosu, H., & Ogbaekirigwe, O. C. (2020). Does PhD qualification improve pedagogical competence? A study on teaching and training in higher education. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 12(5),1233-1250. Published by Emerald Insights | Ranked by Scopus, Q2 in Scimago and Web of Science, Impact Factor: 1.7


Okolie, U. C., Nwajiuba, C.A., Binuomote, M. O., Osuji, C. U., Onajite, G. O., and Igwe, P.A. (2020). How Careers Advice and Guidance can Facilitate Career Development in TVET Graduates: The case in Nigeria. | Journal Name: Australian Journal of Career Development, 29(2), 97-106. Published by SAGE. | Ranked by Web of Science, Scopus and ABDC Category C, Impact Factor: 1.3


Okolie, U, C., Nwajiuba, C. A., Binuomote, M. O., Ehiobuche, C. ; Igu, N., Ajoke , O. (2020). Career training with mentoring programs in higher education: Facilitating career development and employability of graduates. Education + Training, 62(3), 214-234. Published by Emerald Insights | Ranked by Web of Science , Scopus, Q1 in Scimago and ABS 1*. Impact Factor: 3.6


Okolie, U. C., Igwe, P. A., Nwosu, H. E., Eneje, B., & Mlanga, S. (2020). Enhancing graduate employability: Why do higher education institutions have problems with teaching generic skills? Policy Futures in Education, 18(2), 294-313. Published by SAGE | Ranked by Web of Science, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.7


Hack-polay, D., Igwe, P. A., & Okolie, U. C. (2020). Room for improvement – A study of overconfidence in numerical skills among British graduates. Industry and Higher Education, 34(1), 50-61. Published by SAGE. | Ranked by Web of Science , ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Q2 in Scimago and Scopus, Impact Factor: 1.7


2019

Nweze, T., Asfa, M. Y., Okolie, U. C., Ogundele, A., Uneke, J. C., Agwu, U., Omoke, P., & Ajayi, N. (2019). Vocational Trainability Assessment of Beggars and destitute persons in Abakaliki, Nigeria: Policy implications for health, vocational rehabilitation and social integration, African Health Sciences,19(3), 2728-2736. Published by Makerere University | Ranked by Scopus and Web of Science. Impact Factor: 0.8


Okolie, U. C., Nwosu, H. E., & Mlanga, S. (2019). Graduate employability: How the higher education institutions can meet the demand of the labour market. Higher Education, Skills and Work-based Learning, 9(4), 620-636. Published by Emerald Insights | Ranked by ABS 1*, ABDC Category C, Scopus, Q2 in Scimago and Web of Science, Impact Factor: 1.9


Okolie, U. C., Nwosu, H. E., Eneje, B. C., & Oluka, B. N. (2019). Reclaiming education: Rising above examination malpractices, and its contextual factors on study progress in Nigeria. International Journal of Educational Development, 65, 44–56. Published by Elsevier | Ranked by Web of Science and Scopus, Q1 in Scimago. Impact Factor: 2.5


Okolie, U. C., Igwe, P. A., & Elom, E. N. (2019). Improving graduate outcomes for technical colleges in Nigeria. | Journal Name: Australian Journal of Career Development, 28(1), 21-30. Published by SAGE. | Ranked by Web of Science, Scopus and ABDC Category C, Impact Factor: 1.3


Okolie, U. C., Elom, E. N., Osuji, C. U., & Igwe, P. A. (2019). Improvement needs of Nigerian technical college teachers in teaching vocational and technical subjects. International Journal of Training Research, 17(1), 21-34. Published by Taylor and Francis (Routledge) | Ranked by Web of Science and Scopus, Q3 in Scimago. Impact Factor: 0.5


2014

Okolie, U. C. (2014). Management of Woodwork Workshops in Nigerian Tertiary Institutions: An Analytical Study. | Journal Name: Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Management, 2(1), 20 – 36. Published by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia. | Ranked by Scimago Scopus


Okolie, U. C., Elom, E. N., Nwuzo, A. C., Inyiagu, E. E., & Ndem, J. E. (2014). Vocational education for youth empowerment: Entrepreneurial development and the missing links in higher education institutions. | Journal Name: Malaysian Online Journal of Educational Management, 2(3), 33 – 52. Published by Faculty of Education, University of Malaya, Malaysia. | Ranked by Scimago Scopus


2010

Okolie, U. C. (2010). Entrepreneurship development through technical and vocational education for self-employment and youth empowerment in Africa. | Journal Name: International Journal of Learning, 17(5), 575-590. | Ranked by Scopus A publication from my undergraduate student Project.


Edited Books

Okolie, U. C. (2020). Socio-Economic Perspectives on Vocational Skill Development: Emerging Research and Opportunities. USA. IGI-Global | Hershey, Pennsylvania. USA. IGI Global. Copyright: © 2020 | ISBN13: 9781522541455 | ISBN10: 1522541454 | EISBN13: 9781522541462.


my resume

Okolie, U. C. & Asfa, M. Y. (2017). Technical education and vocational training in developing nations. Hershey, Pennsylvania. USA. IGI-Global. | Copyright: © 2017 | ISBN13: 9781522518112 | ISBN10: 1522518118 |EISBN13: 9781522518129|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-1811-2: | Indexed in Scopus and Google Books


Book Chapters

Okolie, U. C. & Asfa, M. Y. (2017). TVET in developing nations and human development. in Okolie, U. C. and Asfa, M. Y. (e.d). Technical education and vocational training in developing nations. Published in USA by IGI-Global. | Indexed in Scopus and Google Books


Ogbaekirigwe, C. O., & Okolie, U. C. (2017). Relevance of Entrepreneurship in TVET in Okolie, U. C. and Asfa, M. Y. (e.d). Technical education and vocational training in developing nations. Published in USA by IGI-Global. | Indexed in Scopus and Google Books


Okolie, U. C. (2016). Vocational education training in the informal sector for effective regional integration: Lesson from southeast Nigeria. In Asfa, Y. M and Shivagunde, R. B. (ed). Emerging trends in technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Published in Delhi by Lenin Media and PSS Central Vocational Institution of Vocational Education, Bhopal, India.


Selected Top Conference Presentations

Okolie, U. C. & Igwe, P. A. (2019). Productive job creation in Nigeria: How can higher education institutions involve industry experts to direct learning? Poster presentation during the United Nations University (UNU-WIDER) Development Conference on Transforming Economies – for Better Jobs, held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, September 11-13, 2019. @UNUWIDER #BetterJobs


Okolie, U. C. (2019). Understanding plagiarism in academic publishing. 5th International Conference on Education for Sustainable Development. Held at the Takoradi Technical University, Takoradi Ghana. March 27-28, 2019


Okolie, U. C. (2015). Innovative strategies for enhancing the study of woodwork technology education in Nigerian higher education institutions. 4th International Conference on Education. Held at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. May 27-29 2015.


Okolie, U. C. & Nweze, T. (2015). Occupational safety and health at work training/retraining needs for quarry women labourers in Nigeria. 31st International Congress on Occupational Health. Seoul, South Korea. May 31st– June 5th 2015


Nweze, T. & Okolie, U. C. (2015). Counselling for career decision making in post-primary schools: the Nigerian experience. 4th International Conference on Education. Held at Rift Valley Technical Training Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. May 27-29 2015.


Nweze, T & Okolie, U. C. (2015). Workshop safety practices needed by students in TVET institutions: Guidance and counselling implications. 2nd KATTI Regional Conference On “TVET and Industry: Advancing Society through Science, Technology and Innovation. Mombasa, Kenya: 24TH -28TH August 2015


Okolie, U. C. (2015). Inclusive growth and human resources development: Issues and roles of technical and vocational education training institutions. International Conference on Emerging Trends in Technical and Vocational Education and Training: vision 2015. PSSICE Central Institute of Vocational Education NCERT. Shyamla hills, Bhopal India. 18th– 20th February, 2015.


Okolie, U. C. (2013). Private sector investments on youth empowerment through technical and vocational education training; Model for ensuring equal opportunities to contribute and benefit from economic growth in Africa. Experts Group Meeting on Inclusive Growth in Africa; organized by African Development Bank, Ethiopian Research Institute, and Korean Development Institute. Held at the United Nations House, Addis Ababa on May 6th -7th, 2013.


Okolie, U. C. (2013). Incorporation of peace education into primary and secondary education curriculum: A sustainable mechanism for conflicts, wars and violence prevention in Africa. Joint United Nations Human Security Conference organized by UNDP, UNICEF, WFP, FAO, UNIDO, United Nations University, Government of Ghana and Japan Official Development Programme. University of Ghana, Accra. May 22nd -23rd, 2013.