Honoris (Honoris.net) equips more than 61,000 students with future-proofing skills to build rewarding careers by solving Africa’s most pressing challenges; Honoris champions digital skills with 10,000 new students enrolled in its 21st Century Skills Certificate; 100,000 additional students are expected to enroll over the next 5 years; 80% of Honoris graduates enter the job market within 6 months of graduation, a leading benchmark in the industry; The Pan-African education platform supported by Actis achieves one of the highest impact scores in the entire Actis portfolio.
Honoris United Universities (Honoris.net), the first and largest pan-African network of private higher education institutions in Africa, publishes its first impact report. The report highlights Honoris’ commitment to Education for Impact for students, their families and communities across Africa and estimates that Honoris has so far transformed over 770,000 lives across Africa by preparing its students to pursue rewarding regional and international careers.
Formed in 2017, the Honoris network is made up of 15 institutions spread across 10 countries in North, West, Central and Southern Africa, doubling in recent years to welcome more than 61,000 students. Honoris’ approach to education through collaborative intelligence serves as a solid platform to unite markets across borders, in line with the principles underpinning the AfCFTA and Agenda 2063 of the AU, while equipping the workforce of tomorrow with the skills needed to thrive in industries undergoing radical transformation and disruption in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Africa is a continent of tremendous untapped potential, with over 420 million young people between the ages of 15 and 35. The increase in human-computer interaction shaping the 4IR creates new types of jobs and demands a unique combination of digital and human skills in the modern workplace. . More than 130 million new jobs are likely to emerge globally by 2030 through the 4IR, which will require a set of soft and hard skills that are currently unmet by traditional education models in place.
PwC recently surveyed global CEOs from over 90 territories to assess the availability of 4IR skills and in Africa, 87% expressed concern about the availability of key skills, compared to 79% of other correspondents. Honoris solves this problem by reinventing education for the 4IR with its Education for Impact mission, expand access to quality education and prepare future leaders to address the continent’s most pressing development challenges and contribute to Africa’s transformation.
Honoris Group CEO Dr Jonathan Louw commented: “By living our core values of collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets, Honoris has become today what was envisioned five years ago: a transformational pan-African social infrastructure to educate the workforce- future and harnessing Africa’s demographic dividend. As we continue to adapt to a post-pandemic environment and leverage technology to increase access to quality education, we take a moment to celebrate this achievement, while using it to fuel and spark the journey. coming. A journey that the People of Honor will continue to forge with the same authenticity and passion as five years ago, to better serve our students across Africa.
Shami Nissan, sustainability partner at Actis, added: “Educating for impact means being intentional about how we educate the next generation of leaders. It is important for an organization to know what its goals are and to establish a plan to achieve them. Honoris set out its vision and followed through with intention in providing students across Africa with a high quality, accessible and affordable education. Additionally, by stitching an internal spirit of fairness and accountability and striving to provide sustainable, goal-oriented services, Honoris will reap the type of students who emulate these core values in how they continue to have impact in the world.”
The report reflects and examines the extent to which Honoris has transformed the lives of learners across the continent, up to December 2021, across six fundamental operating pillars, which include: quality of learning; employability, innovation; communities; sustainability and networking, built around the organization’s contribution to 11 of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Some of the highlights featured in the report include:
- Employability: 80% of Honoris graduates enter the labor market within 6 months of obtaining their diploma. Honoris has developed more than 400 partnerships to help prepare students for the transition from university to the world of work, with 22 career centers used by more than 21,000 students.
- Innovation: 38 new programs, including artificial intelligence, data science, financial technology and cybersecurity, were added to Honoris courses in 2021 to meet growing technological demands. To further embed coding as a new second language across the network, Honoris launched the Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate, the network’s first cross-functional program integrating key digital and soft skills required for the new world of work. In 2021, over 10,000 students have enrolled in the certificate and over 100,000 more students are expected over the next 5 years.
- Communities: Now recognized as a leader in STEM education, Honoris’ major engineering schools have grown from 5,200 total enrollments in 2018 to 20,400 in 2021. In South Africa, the focus on the engineering sector Education enabled nearly 500 education professionals to undergo training to reduce the gap of qualified teachers. across the continent. In 2021, Honoris awarded over 1,000 scholarships and bursaries to students across Africa.
Formed in 2017 by global investment firm Actis, Honoris is committed to transforming the lives of Africa’s future workforce by providing relevant education for lifelong success. Championing new delivery methods and technologies, the network has developed unique academic models designed to address Africa’s key educational challenges to improve the employability and life skills of graduates.
Honoris worked closely with Actis, in light of its award-winning focus on impact investing, to calculate an accurate impact score using a proprietary framework measuring the positive social and environmental impacts of impact investing. ‘Actis and allowing a comparison between sectors and geographical areas. This score, first generated in 2022, demonstrates that Honoris has made transformational progress specifically in the areas of quality education; access to employment; Gender equality; and STEM education. A detailed breakdown of these impact multiples is available in the report.
Access the full report at: https://bit.ly/3sSGE4m
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About Honoris United Universities:
Honoris United Universities is the first and largest pan-African private higher education network committed to transforming lives through relevant education for lifelong success. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mindsets are at the heart of Honoris’ approach to educating the next generation of leaders and professionals capable of making a regional impact in a globalized world. Honoris combines the expertise of its member institutions to develop world-class African human talent who are competitive in today’s demanding and increasingly digitalized job and start-up markets.
Honoris includes a community of 61,000 students on 70 campuses, learning centers and via online, in ten African countries and 32 cities. The network is made up of 15 institutions: multidisciplinary universities, specialized schools, technical and professional institutes, contact institutions, remote and online. Students have the opportunity to discover exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 190 universities across Europe, the United States and Asia. Finished 420 degrees are offered in medicine, health sciences, engineering, computer science, business, law, architecture, creative arts, fashion and design, media, political science, and education.
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