The acceleration of digitalisation within Honoris United Universities Network

In our technology-driven world, digital tools have profoundly transformed the realm of education. Higher education institutions in particular have witnessed first-hand an accelerated transition to online practices and virtual communities.

In May 2021, Honoris released results from an internal research on the willingness to digitise the educational process within our institutions. Over ten thousand responses were collected across Honoris institutions, with 71% of the respondents in Southern Africa and 29% in North and West Africa. These are some of the findings and interesting factors that came out of the research.

One of the objectives of the survey on digitalisation in higher education in Africa was to inform the way forward on how to empower the next generation of academic leaders and professionals through future-oriented learning that will prepare world-class African human talent with 21st-century skills to thrive in the future world of work.

The survey showed that learners within the network have a strong appetite for digitalisation at each step of the student journey.

Read more about the key findings of the survey, here.

Hearing From Our Students

Covid 19 has turned digitalisation from a nice-to-have into an absolute imperative. We are thrilled to see students adapting to the new world of work through online learning experiences.

For instance, Olona had an open-source learning management system called Moodle at Red & Yellow School South Africa, while Ahlem Jebali says the recorded sessions at Université Centrale, Tunisia are particularly helpful. Meanwhile Teemij is learning specific parts of computer science in an intensive way with Le Wagon, Tsiky is studying to offer more complete digital and web services as a digital marketer, and Diyae believes while it was tough at the beginning, online learning has been hugely beneficial.

Olona Bodlo Red & Yellow School, South Africa testimonial
Olona Bodlo, Marketing, Advertising & Communication Student at Red & Yellow School, South Africa speaks about a free and open-source learning management system she uses called Moodle.

Ahlem Jebali Université Centrale, Tunisia testimonial
Ahlem Jebali, 3rd year English Major Student at Centrale Com School at Université Centrale, Tunisia speaks about her positive experiences engaging with online learning. She says the new schedule is helpful and less confusing and the recorded sessions are particularly helpful, allowing students to refer back to the lectures as needed.

Teemij Le Wagon testimonial
A 20 year old tech enthusiast from Mauritius, Teemij is very passionate about languages & fishing! Right after high school he moved to Shanghai to study Mandarin Chinese and fell so much in love with the city that he decided to stay in China for his four-year bachelor degree in Computer Science.

Tsiky Le Wagon Mauritius testimonial
Originally from Madagascar, Tsiky describes herself as an International Citizen passionate about languages, culture, and digital marketing.
After graduating from an American BBA in International Marketing & a French Master Degree in International Management, she moved to Mauritius in 2019 to join a multinational web agency and is now working for a digital marketing agency.

Diyae Lakhouili Ecole d’Architecture et de Paysage de Casablanca testimonial
Diyae Lakhouili, 5th year student in Architecture at Ecole d’Architecture et de Paysage de Casablanca speaks about her experience transitioning to online learning.

Industry & Faculty Leaders Reflect On The Impact Of Digitisation On Students & Institutions

According to Prof. Abdurrahman Isik, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics at Nile University, digitisation has made learning more flexible and has boosted student creativity. Dr. Wafa Troudi, Director of the School of Health at universite centrale in Tunisia believes digitisation is a challenging problem requiring large-scale transformative change and support from faculties and students. Ponneh Errami, Architect & Professor at Ecole d’Architecture et de Paysage de Casablanca in Morocco shares that even now they’re back to being in physical classrooms, they still utilise their online platform.