Introduction from the Group CEO, Dr. Jonathan Louw
« I am delighted to present to you the Honoris Impact Report for 2022, our second report. Whilst last year’s Inaugural Impact Report served as the foundation of our reporting method introducing the impact score, our six core impact pillars, and our alignment to the UN SDGs since Honoris inception in 2017, this report serves as a comprehensive update of our progress and commitment to making a positive difference in the world.
As Group CEO, it is my privilege to observe so many dedicated individuals across our diverse African network who are passionate about driving meaningful change and creating lasting impact, continuing to provide relevant education for the lifetime success of our students.
Over the past year, the world has faced unprecedented challenges, yet we have remained steadfast in our mission of Education for Impact. This report is a testament to our collective efforts and the outcomes of our student centricity, through initiatives, partnerships, and tireless dedication of the People of Honoris.
In 2021, we announced that we had transformed more than 770,000 lives through our network of 15 higher education institutions. It is with great pride that I am pleased to reveal that we have increased our impact by 16%, reaching a significant milestone by transforming 1 million lives across Africa.
We continue to widen access to quality education for Africa’s future leaders. By disrupting traditional pedagogies with innovative, relevant academic models, we are able to prepare African talent with the skills, experience, mindset, and aspirations to achieve their full potential and transform their communities.
2022 was an exceptional year for our network. We were welcomed into the New Champions cohort of the World Economic Forum, a group of 118 dynamic high-growth companies (amongst which only 8 are African), that are championing new business models, emerging technologies, and sustainable growth strategies in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. In August, we entered the New Champions Awards – which recognizes the achievement of member organizations that are creating a lasting impact in their industries.
Honoris was selected as the winner of the New Champions Award 2022 for Excellence in Adaptive Capacity. Adaptive capacity is the ability of people, organizations, systems, and institutions to respond to extraordinary external change not only to maintain their position but to adjust and thrive in a new normal. Our transformative education model takes a student-centric approach that guides all strategies from Student Acquisition, Student Experience, and Student Employability through to Alumni Engagement.
Akin to our own values of collaborative intelligence and mobile mindsets, WEF believes that progress happens by bringing together people from all walks of life who have the drive and the influence to make positive change. Upon receiving this news, I shared my sincere congratulations and gratitude to every member of the Honoris network whose collective efforts gained recognition at the highest level in organizations that strive to make a positive impact in the world.
Creating a more sustainable and equitable future is paramount. Africa has the opportunity, through our youth, to set the pace of human talent development with resilience and agility, harnessing innovation to prepare the global workforce of tomorrow.
As you navigate this report, I hope you enjoy the stories and achievements that highlight the breadth and depth of our impact across Africa. We remain resolute in our commitment to driving even greater positive change in the year ahead.
Together, we can build a more sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous future for all. »