The founders of the member institutions of the Honoris network are pioneers in their countries and visionaries of private higher education on the continent. Aware of the vital need for their communities to have accessible and high-quality education, each worked for decades to build relevant and coveted academic models with the objective of improving the employability prospects of their graduates.
They decided to join forces to build the first Pan-African private higher education network. It can be said that, as its foundation, the Honoris platform has a combined experience of 250 years between the founding members of its 14 member institutions.
Thousands of students have entrusted their future success in Honoris and continue to benefit from the foresight of its visionary founders and the education professionals that comprise the Honoris Board of Directors.
It is imperative that all Honoris network institutions share similar goals and core values. These include powerful and heartfelt beliefs in internationalization of programs through exchanges, cross-border cooperation, research, training, and culturally diverse teaching methodologies, as well as relevant co-curricular experiences, including 21st century digital and soft skills. The 14 institutions that currently make up the Honoris network are introduced, as seen below.
Founded in 1986, EMSI is the largest private school of engineers in Morocco. A pioneer for more than 35 years, EMSI is a center of innovation that has received several international awards recognizing its contribution to field of engineering.
“EMSI’s commitment to empowering the new generation of Moroccan leaders is in line with the Kingdom’s vision for African nations to adopt a determined co-development approach for the sustainable development of the continent.”
Founded in 2004, EAC is the first private school of architecture and landscaping to be accredited by the Moroccan State. The EAC’s founding principles are excellence in training and teaching, centered around the challenges posed by major economic disturbances and population growth in Africa’s cities and territories.
“Our commitment to excellence means that our graduates are now ready to compete in a competitive global jobs market.”
Founded in 2009, born from the merger of several pioneer schools in their domains, UM has built itself around 4 fundamental values: academic excellence, employability, international exposure, and the personal fulfilment of their students through rich extracurricular activities and international mobility.
“We will train in Morocco an elite among African students, while developing our program for employability in several African countries by joining forces with the other institutions of Honoris United Universities”
Founded in 2009, NUN is a fully accredited private institution that offers a broad range of programs in the Arts and Social Sciences, Engineering, Law, Business, Natural & Applied Sciences and Medical & Health Sciences. The university’s campus located in Abuja provides modern learning environments and high-quality facilities, including outstanding sports amenities as well as secure hostel accommodations.
Founded in 1995, MANCOSA is the leading private higher distance-education institution, offering affordable, accredited and accessible programs primarily to persons previously denied access to postgraduate education in South Africa. MANCOSA offers now a wide range of programs across five schools: Graduate School of Business, School of Education, School of Information and Digital Technology, School of Public Administration and School of Economics and Finance.
Our dynamic economies require business leadership skills across national boundaries that reflect many cultures and interests. We deliberately structure our programs to assure a vibrant mix of students representing diverse cultures, industries, and geographic regions
Founded in 1998, RBS is a leading and innovative business school in South Africa that offers recognized, affordable and accessible business and management education program. RBS has developed the iLeadLab, an academic makerspace in response to the accelerated pace of technological transformation and the global labor market disruption.
“The shared values of collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and a mobile mindset unite us to the other member institutions of Honoris United Universities.”
Founded in 1994, R&Y is an established cornerstone of the South African marketing, advertising, and design industries; teaching its students and alumni to think creatively in business and equipping them with the critical commercial and 4IR skills that they need to thrive in a digital world.
“We believe creative thinking is the most important skill of the future and it must be supported by uniquely human abilities such as leadership, adaptability, and social intelligence.”
Founded in 2003, the Esprit Group is a leading integrated private education platform in Tunisia, built around its flagship Engineering school – ESE. All its programs are accredited by the French accreditation agency EUR-ACE and issued by CTI. Esprit is a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles and the CDIO Initiative, which demonstrates the world-class pedagogy created by its faculty.
“Our slogan ‘se former autrement’ (‘Learn differently) reflects our commitment to evolve from the traditional lecture-based pedagogy towards a self-directed (student-centered) learning and a problem/project-based pedagogical approach.”
Founded in 2001, UC is the largest multidisciplinary private university in Tunisia, offering 7 clusters of higher education curricula: health, business, law, engineering, IT, architecture and design, journalism and communication, and an executive training center.
“It is for our students that we work and it is thanks to them that we move forward!”
Founded in 2001, the UPSAT Group is a set of three private higher education institutions specialized in paramedic training in Tunisia (Tunis, Sousse and Sfax).
“Through this affiliation to the Honoris United Universities network, the UPSAT Group will continue its mission by taking advantage of the innovative teaching methods provided, such as the Honoris Medical Simulation Center, which has been launched in Tunis. Additional synergies exist between UPSAT and Honoris, which will offer students a richer learning environment and greater career opportunities”.
Founded in 1993, IMSET is the first and leading private technical and vocational institute in Tunisia with campuses in Tunis, Sousse, Gabes and Nabeul.
“We have always cherished the dream of uniting ourselves with other institutions in order to develop the quality of education and its relevance to the human resources needs on the continent. Honoris United Universities network is the achievement of our Pan-African vision. ”
Founded in 2008, AAC is an Arts and Design vocational training school under the supervision of the Ministry of Employment and Vocational Training.
“We have always cherished the dream of uniting ourselves with other institutions in order to develop the quality of education and its relevance to the human resources needs on the continent”.
"Since 2013, we have constantly been improving our curriculum and tools to match our students’ needs, getting rid of every friction in the process of learning to code."
Honoris Educational Network (ex YKBS), MAURITIUS, founded in 2002 as a private tertiary education institution, specialised in providing supported distance education at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in the fields of Business Administration and Law. Since February 2018, Honoris Educational Network (HEN) has joined Honoris United Universities. The institution is based in the Highlands area since 2012. In 2013, the institution also began to provide undergraduate programs on a full-time mode of delivery. Its academic offer includes programs from leading partners, including programs from MANCOSA and the REGENT Business School (RBS), both from South Africa. Since 2021, Honoris Educational Network has opened Le Wagon coding bootcamp in Mauritius, the first one in Africa. >>read more
Honoris Education Network is authorised by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) of Mauritius to deliver tertiary programs. “Collaborative intelligence is important, as it seeks to build bridges of connectivity between African countries which will help to improve higher education. This will eventually generate new opportunities to mould our future generation of African leaders.”
Across the continent, Honoris institutions are united in purpose. Below is a reminder of the Honoris networks’ commitment to its students, which will be followed by discussions of the individual institutions, their contributions to this commitment throughout the student lifecycle and across the Honoris Impact Framework.