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.

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.

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.

Africa’s youth may be able to benefit from digital revolution

Jobs of Tomorrow by Paresh Soni Associate Director for research at the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA)

The question of the future of youth employment in Africa has taken centre stage in terms of research and policy analysis and other critical discussions. Africa represents more than 30% of the world’s youth.
It is the youngest continent in the world: 21% of its 1.2billion people are between 15 and 24 years old, whereas 42% are younger than 15.