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In stark contrast to global stereotypes and outdated narratives, the African Youth Survey 2020, the most comprehensive survey of its kind involving thousands of interviews across 14 countries, reveals a rising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.

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.

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.

Why Everybody Should Embrace the World’s Second Language – Coding

21st Century Skills. Fourth industrial revolution, Jobs of Tomorrow by Laura Martin, Senior Business Analyst

It is the year 2020, and the world is not the same as it used to be. A villager is able to receive mobile money without a smartphone; drones are able to deliver medical supplies including blood to some of the least accessible parts of the world and a farmer can track crop prices online. The fourth industrial revolution (4IR), characterized by rapid breakthroughs in technology related fields, has been brought into even sharper focus this year, and digital sceptics are forced to confront the shift to digital with the COVID crisis acting as a catalyst.

Makerspaces offer Authentic Student-Centred Learning and Skills for Employability in the 21st Century

21st Century Skills, Employability by Prof Ahmed Shaikh, Managing Director of REGENT Business School in South Africa

In the past week, discussions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) have once again highlighted how we are living in a time of accelerated change and disruption in which society faces increasing pressure to evolve its systems and processes to meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond. Within this perspective education is the most sophisticated social technology of societal transformation for co-creating and contributing to sustainable, regenerative and thriving futures.

Preparing for our artificially intelligent future

Professor Khaled Ghedira, AI Lab Executive Director at Université Centrale, Tunisia, and artificial intelligence expert, is setting up the country’s first specialised AI lab, to be used by Honoris students and faculty across the continent. In this interview, he calls on educators to prepare students for the upcoming AI explosion so they are ready to face a high-tech future.

Honoris Academic Council to lead collaborative intelligence across network

Education For Impact ® by Honoris Staff Writer

New Council to boost collaborative intelligence

A new Academic Council is expected to further boost idea-sharing and skills transfer among Honoris member institutions. Through an exciting range of programmes, including international exchanges and collaborative projects, Honoris faculty and students will benefit from the sharing of academic practices, real-world expertise, and multi-cultural immersion. The Academic Council will also focus on developing employability centres, innovation LABS and cutting-edge learning environments to ensure Honoris students are strongly competitive in the 21st Century labour markets.

Leveraging knowledge, expertise, and best practices across the continent, the Solar TIGMI project was born out of a collaborative partnership between Honoris institutions in Morocco and in Tunisia

21st century skills / Jobs of Tomorrow by Honoris Staff Writer

Collaborative intelligence in practice

One of our Honoris engineering experts gives insight into how collaborative intelligence can work to great success in designing solutions to real-world problems.

Dr Mohamed Tabaa, Teacher and Director of the LPRI Laboratory at EMSI in Morocco, explains how multinational, multidisciplinary problem-solving is at the heart of an innovative project to design a solar-powered house for the African context. Called Solar TIGMI, the house is an intelligent, 21st century building that is inspired by and respects age-old African design traditions.