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Honoris United Universities

Region: Africa, Pan-Africa Investment date: 2017 Sector: Private Equity Exit date: Deal type: Status date: Current

Honoris United Universities is the first and largest pan-African private higher education network committed to transforming lives through relevant education for lifetime success.

Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mind-sets are at the heart of the Honoris approach to educate the next generation of leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalised world. Honoris combines the expertise of its member institutions to develop world-class African human talent that is competitive in today’s fast-paced, demanding and increasingly digitised labour and start-up markets.

Honoris comprises a community of 61,000+ students on 70 campuses, learning centres and via on-line, in 10 African countries and 32 cities. The network is formed of 15 institutions: multidisciplinary universities, specialized schools, technical and vocational institutes, contact, distance, and online institutions. Students have an opportunity to experience exclusive partnerships and exchange programs in more than 190 universities across Europe, the United States and Asia. Over 420 degrees are offered in Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts, Fashion and Design, Media, Political Science and Education.

Actis’s strategy for Honoris United Universities began with “beacon” markets in Francophone Africa.  In December 2014, we made an investment in Universite Centrale Group, the leading post-secondary education group in Tunisia.  In 2016, the platform expanded to Morocco, creating a Northern Africa Hub through its investment in Universite Mundiapolis.  Mundiapolis is renowned for its international approach and focus on employability. In 2017, Honoris United Universities acquired EMSI, Ecole Marocaine des Sciences de l’Ingenieur, the largest private institution in Morocco and the leading private engineering school as well as Management College of Southern Africa, better known as “MANCOSA” and the REGENT Business School, anchoring the platform in South Africa, an important Anglophone beacon market. Together, MANCOSA and REGENT are South Africa’s leading private distance learning institutions, focused on providing accredited, accessible and affordable education.

Businesses are looking for applicants with internationally accredited levels of education. Employers in Africa have ambitions across the continent and beyond – they need candidates with global perspectives but who understand the diversity of Africa and their local markets and can demonstrate the skills to operate successfully, this is where Honoris United Universities comes into play.

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