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Unlocking Africa’s growth through employability-focused education

Employability by Divij Punvani, Growth & Analytics at Honoris United Universities

To build a stable and prosperous future for Africa, it is crucial that education focuses on employability.

A highly cited definition of employability describes it as “a psychosocial construct that embodies individual characteristics that foster adaptive cognition, behaviour, and affect, and enhance the individual-work interface.”[1]

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Celebrating Women In STEM

Women in STEM by Honoris Staff Writer

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the way we live, work and think; disrupting industries, governmental systems and the labour market. This change will have wide-ranging implications for the role of women in society, specifically in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). As low-skilled jobs become increasingly automated, careers in STEM will rapidly grow, representing the majority of the jobs of the future. However, the fields most relevant to Industry 4.0 are the very ones where women remain underrepresented in most countries, namely in IT, computing, physics, mathematics and engineering.

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Leading the way for women in STEM

Women in STEM by Honoris Staff Writer

Women around the world have long been held back by biases, social norms and expectations that influence the subjects they study. They are underrepresented particularly in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers.

The low numbers are not only because many women are not embarking in careers in these fields in the first place; for the women who do, they face myriad difficulties.

“Women are leaving tech fields in greater numbers than men. They cite workplace conditions, lack of access to creative roles and a stalled career as the primary reasons for their decision,” according to a new UNESCO report, To be smart, the digital revolution will need to be inclusive

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Flipping the educational model for the 21st century

Education for impact ® by Lamjed Bettaieb, Deputy General Manager of Esprit Group

The standard model of learning still dominant across the world today was developed largely in response to the needs of the First and Second Industrial Revolutions, which required process-oriented employees to complete repetitive tasks.

Today’s world of work, however, requires very different skills. The Third and Fourth Industrial Revolutions introduced automated production and intangible value, and these new drivers of growth have resulted in huge shifts in the ways in which people work.

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Equipping the World’s Largest Youth Demographic with Future-Proof Medical Training

by Houbeb Ajmi, Regional CEO, Honoris United Universities

As we approach the end of 2020, a year with unforeseen global health challenges, international commentators are often asking, how did Africa retain its innate resilience in the fight against COVID-19? Despite under-staffed and under-resourced healthcare systems across the continent, the data shows a promising outlook in how countries reacted to and contained the virus. But this by no means should be taken for granted.

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The Future Of Education: Disrupting and Rethinking Education

Education for impact ® by Honoris Staff Writer

The relentless pace of technological advancement in the Fourth Industrial Revolution is leaving almost every aspect of life transformed. How we learn and teach is being disrupted. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated this change, with educational institutions around the world opening up to new possibilities and modes of instruction and adopting cutting-edge technologies to ensure students reach their full potential.

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Leadership for the 21st Century – An African vision

Leadership, 21st Century Skills by Professor Reshad Jaumally, Chairman of YKBS in Mauritius

Current predictions posit that, by 2030, one in five people will be African. Already today half the continent is under the age of 20, and all 10 of the world’s youngest countries are in Africa. This translates into a mighty workforce for the next several decades, and a substantial pool of potential future leaders to serve at all levels, from local community to international.

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The African Century: Afro-Optimism and Innovation

21st century skills, Fourth industrial revolution by Honoris Staff Writer

In stark contrast to global stereotypes and outdated narratives, the African Youth Survey 2020, the most comprehensive survey of its kind involving thousands of interviews across 14 countries, reveals a rising Afro-Optimism among the continent’s youth. Driven by a strong sense of individual responsibility, entrepreneurialism, and confidence in a shared identity, these young people believe that the 21st century will be the African Century.

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Distance education – joyful educational advancement

21st Century Skills. Fourth industrial revolution, Jobs of Tomorrow by Professor Zaheer Hamid, Academic Director at MANCOSA and Member of the Honoris Academic Council

Distance education popularly known as correspondence education in the 1980’s was commonly understood as an individual learning from home using printed study materials. Perhaps a bland and uninspiring learning journey, however many a person pursued this form of education due to limited opportunity to higher education, lack of funds for post school education and because they needed to work whilst advancing their education. Fast forward – 2020; The distance education model of learning has been transformed to promise a very rich and rewarding learning experience – the two are literally incomparable.

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Jobs of Tomorrow – How navigating COVID-19 charts a path for the future

21st Century Skills. Fourth industrial revolution, Jobs of Tomorrow by Nidhal Rezg, Dean of Université Centrale, École Polytechnique, Tunisia

In order to navigate the radically changed circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, companies have had to be agile. To keep business running, they have had to move online with urgency, providing employees with the tools necessary to collaborate with peers, execute work requirements, and engage with customers remotely.

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