In its inaugural impact report, the pan-African network of private higher education institutions found that it had transformed more than 770,000 lives across Africa by preparing students to pursue “rewarding regional and international careers”. .
In the five years since its creation in 2017, 80% of graduates from the network of 15 institutions have entered the job market within six months of graduation. Agreements with more than 400 partners have facilitated the transition from academia to the world of work, as have 22 career centers used by more than 21,000 students, Honoris noted.
“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- tomorrow and harness Africa’s demographic dividend,” said Honoris Group CEO Jonathan. Louw, said in a statement.
In 2021, 38 programs – including in artificial intelligence, data science, fintech and cybersecurity – were added to Honoris courses to meet growing technological demands. More than 10,000 students also enrolled in the new Honoris 21st Century Skills certificate focusing on “key digital and soft skills required for the new world of work” in the same year. More than 100,000 additional students are expected to join over the next five years.
The network’s engineering schools have grown from 5,200 total enrollments in 2018 to 20,400 in 2021, he added.
“As we continue to adapt to a post-pandemic environment and leverage technology to increase access to quality education, we are taking a moment to celebrate this achievement, while using it to fuel and trigger the trip ahead,” Louw explained.
“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.”
The network – spread across 10 countries in Africa – has set itself the goal of providing students across Africa with “high quality, accessible and affordable education”, according to Shami Nissan, the company’s sustainability partner. global investment Actis, which formed the network in 2017. with an investment of $275 million.
The focus is particularly on preparing students for the skills required to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
In addition to labor market readiness, soft, technical and entrepreneurial skills, Deloitte said young people must be able to participate in lifelong learning. Honoris launched a range of coding bootcamps in 2021, in collaboration with Le Wagon.
Honoris said more than 130 million new jobs are expected to emerge globally by 2030, and traditional education models currently fall short of the required soft and hard skill sets.
In South Africa, nearly 500 education professionals have been trained to reduce the shortage of qualified teachers across the continent. Additionally, Honoris has awarded over 1,000 scholarships and bursaries to students across the continent in 2021.
“Educating for impact means being intentional about how we educate the next generation of leaders,” Nissan said.
“By stitching an internal spirit of fairness and accountability and striving to provide sustainable, goal-oriented services, Honoris will reap the kind of students who emulate these core values in how they continue to make an impact. in the world,” she added.