Students at UPSAT now have the opportunity to build their entrepreneurial skills and leave university with a fully developed business idea. UPSAT has collaborated with innovation consultancy, Connect’Innov, to run an entrepreneurship programme for third-year students.Learners enter their HealthTech projects into the competition, which is judged by a panel of industry professionals.
The learners with the top projects are then entered into a mentorship programme, where they are given guidance around product design, distribution strategies and business development. This partnership began in 2020 and will continue in the 2021 Academic year, offering learners the opportunity to learn new skills in a practical, hands-on way.
21ST CENTURY SKILLS CERTIFICATE
We are in the transformation of the fourth industrial revolution. The increase in human-machine interaction will create new types of jobs and a demand for specific “digital” and “human” skills.
At Honoris United Universities, we believe in future-oriented learning to prepare you to harness technology and innovation to thrive and compete in automated, data and AI-driven realities. We believe in empowering you with an academic and skills experience that lead to cognitive agility and a mobile mindset – attitudes and behaviours of success. Based on global research and extended analysis, these beliefs led the Honoris Academic Council to design the Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate.
A unique program that blends the skills that matter for the new world of work. A program to keep you distinctive and in high demand provided through a best of class online experience to learn wherever you are, whenever you want, on the device you choose.
The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate is sponsored by, the Honoris Online Academy, a platform to transform the next generations of World-Class African Human Talent: able to impact the continent for a brighter future.
The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate is a fully online programme that trains you in the eight skills most in demand by employers and for the future of work: behavioral intelligence, critical thinking, creativity and design thinking, communication, collaboration, coding, data analytics, and entrepreneurship.
This programme will empower you to take a reasoned approach to
designing creative ideas, teach you how to communicate these ideas,
and guide you on how to efficiently lead a team. It will boost your
digital and data literacies, through coding and data analysis. And finally, you will learn how to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset and the
necessary marketing and financial skillset to create and run your own
• Programme length: 100 hours of taught materials
• From registration, students will have 12 months to complete the
Assessment and certification:
• Formative assessments online through quizzes
• Badging for each module and a certificate for overall completion
of programme provided through the Blockchain
The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate is articulated in a 4-step pedagogical approach. The learning journey is self-paced and divided into
MODULE 1 : PERSONAL SKILLS
COURSE 1 : Harness Emotions to Be More Effective
• Identify your needs and emotions to thrive your productivity
• Use auto-empathy for decision-making
• Improve communication through empathy
• Give positive feedback
COURSE 2: Unlock your creative potential
• Free your creativity
• Ask the right questions
• Bring on ideas
• Be creative in groups
COURSE 3: Find innovative solutions through design thinking
• Understand key design-thinking principles and process
• Adopt the appropriate mindset
• Identify the root cause
• Solve a problem through multidimensional analysis
• Conceive a solution to a problem
• Build a prototype
• Test a prototype
COURSE 4: Sharpen your critical thinking
• Understand critical thinking in the tech age
• Set a foundation for critical thinking
• Strengthen your arguments through convincing reasoning
• Spot holes in reasoning
• Take an open approach to others’ arguments
• Express ideas persuasively
• Manage your time and attention for clearer thinking
MODULE 2 : SOCIAL SKILLS
COURSE 5: Improve your personal effectiveness
• Manage your stress
• Improve your task management
• Master your time
• Optimise your energy
• Communicate efficiently by email
COURSE 6: Give a boost to your communication style
• Understand key communication principles
• Reinforce your message’s impact
• Captivate your audience
• Solve conflicts
• Be empathetic
• Communicate well remotely
COURSE 7: Get your team working together
• Develop trust
• Share a common vision
• Benefit from intergenerational differences
• Solve issues with a constructive approach
• Collaborate remotely
MODULE 3 : DIGITAL SKILLS
COURSE 8: Coding
• Understand how the web works
• Introduction to coding: developer tools, code in HTML and CSS
• Design, develop and launch a website
• Discover web analytics with Google Analytics
COURSE 9: Data Analytics
• Understand the evolution from excel to SQL
• Intro to Data Analytics
• Discover Python for data collection
MODULE 4 : ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS
COURSE 10: Bring life to your entrepreneurship
• Build your entrepreneurship mindset
• Create solutions to a problem
• Switch from idea to innovation
• Sell your idea
• Rally a team
COURSE 11: Run your Business
• Know your market
• Make a complete analysis
• Master the basics of company strategy
• Build your business plan
• Measure the profitability of a project
• Create some value
• Financial acumen
COURSE 12: Master marketing digital keys
• Understand your digital customers
• Manage the digital shift
• Nurture your product with digital
• Build your digital communication strategy
• Structure your omni-channel distribution
• Redesign your pricing policy in the digital age
A UNIQUE AND ENGAGING LEARNING EXPERIENCE
Adopting the latest cognitive research to maximize skills acquisition, the learning experience of the 21st Century Skills Certificate offers guided path journeys with multi-activities and in varied format designed by international experts from some of the world’s leading universities to ensure engagement during the online learning journey.
The programme is run in partnership with CrossKnowledge, one of the world’s leading e-learning platform* , and with Le Wagon, Le Wagon is the #1 ranked coding bootcamp worldwide**.
* CrossKnowledgewas ranked #1 in the Craig Weiss annual Top 50 Learning System.
**ranked as world’s #1 coding bootcamp according to students on Switchup for the 3 last years
Blending the most in-demand soft and digital skills, the 21st Century Skills Certificate will be issued through blockchain technology
Casablanca / Durban / Tunis / Abuja, September 23, 2020 – Honoris United Universities, the first and largest pan-African network of private higher education institutions, today announced the launch of the Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate to further enhance the employability of its students by equipping them with the most in-demand soft and digital skills required to thrive and be competitive in the 21st century world of work.
Based on global researches and engagement with employers across the continent, the Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate has been developed by the Honoris Academic Council, a pan-African team of faculty representatives with exemplary backgrounds and academic experience. Chosen for their unmatched expertise in their fields, including online learning and digital technology, the Council’s work is an important
investment in the development of world-class human talent: agile, collaborative professionals with an entrepreneurial mindset able to transform and impact Africa.
The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate delivers skills training in areas highlighted by industry analysts and by the demands of the fourth industrial revolution (4IR), ensuring that graduates enter the world of work
empowered with high cognitive skills and digital literacy competencies that are necessary to navigate our changing world.
The online program will train students in the eight most in-demand skills by employers and for the future of work: behavioral intelligence, creativity and design thinking, critical thinking, communication, collaboration, coding, data analytics and entrepreneurship. These skills, which serve as a driving force for the 4IR, ensure that Honoris graduates keep up with the dynamics of the labor market. Of note, whilst English is the de facto language of business, coding is the new second language for the 21st century, an area which all students, irrespective of their area of study, will need to understand. This understanding of coding, which is included in the certificate, will contribute to developing a computational thinking approach to problems, allowing for new responses to changes in the digital economy.
The 100-hour program is being deployed to all students across the network. It constitutes a four-module design including personal, social, digital, and entrepreneurship skills which will be embedded in Honoris member institutions’ curricula.
This certificate, powered by the Honoris Online Academy, demonstrates the network’s ongoing commitment to providing student-centric learning environments, designed by combining academic knowledge with entrepreneurial and workplace skills and credentials, to ensure graduates are equipped with the digital know-how and hybrid skills to meet the needs of the changing job market.
Commenting, Chief Strategy Officer of Honoris United Universities, Laura Kakon, said, “The world of work has entered an era where nothing is guaranteed. Employers are adopting new ideas and technologies
at a rapid pace and as a result, students need to keep up with the latest innovations and technologies in order to remain competitive and in high demand. At Honoris United Universities, we believe in futureoriented learning to prepare our students to harness technology and innovation, in order to thrive and compete in automated, data and AI-driven realities. We also believe in empowering our students with an academic and skills experience that leads to cognitive agility and a mobile mindset, two attitudes and behaviors of success. The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate will help bridge the skills gap in Africa by preparing our graduates for the future world of work.”
A “Best of Breed” Unique Program
The Honoris Academic Council designed this unique online certificate program in partnership with two leading digital learning providers, CrossKnowledge – the world’s e-learning pioneer and Le Wagon – world #1 coding bootcamp*, whose mutual areas of expertise in soft and digital skills are highly complementary.
The Honoris Online Academy
The announcement of the new Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate also coincides with the launch of the Honoris Online Academy – a best-in-class online platform dedicated to skilling and upskilling programs focused on soft and digital skills that matter for the future of jobs. Adopting the latest cognitive research to maximise skills acquisition, the guided experience offers path journeys with multi-activities and in varied formats to ensure engagement during the online journey.
The Blockchain Diploma
Beginning with the 2021 academic cycles, Honoris graduate diplomas including the Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate will be issued through blockchain technology by virtue of a partnership with BCdiploma.
This will provide each graduate with a unique URL that makes it possible to share their verifiable and tamper-proof diplomas digitally. The blockchain technology ensures that students have a life-long shareable access to their verified certificates for employers and professional networks. For the certificate, Honoris will issue one blockchain certification badge per module and a certificate upon full completion. The issuance of digital diplomas provides employers with the guarantee that any certification presented by graduates is 100% authentic.
These digital and skilling initiatives reflect Honoris’ commitment to embracing the digital transformation across the student journey and its strategy to reshape and rethink education to continually improve learning outcomes across the continent.
About Honoris United Universities
Honoris United Universities is the first and largest pan-African private higher education network committed to educating the next generation of African leaders and professionals able to impact regionally in a globalized world. Collaborative intelligence, cultural agility and mobile mind-sets and skills are at the heart of Honoris’ vision of higher education. Honoris United Universities joins the expertise of its member institutions to develop world-class African Human capital that is competitive in today’s fast-paced, demanding and increasingly digitized labour and start-up markets.
Honoris United Universities gathers a community of 45,000 students on 60 campuses, learning centres and via on-line, in 10 countries and 32 cities. The network counts 11 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 60 universities across Europe and the United States. Over 280 degrees are offered in Medicine, Health Sciences, Engineering, IT, Business, Law, Architecture, Creative Arts and Design, Media, Political Science and Education. www.honoris.net
About Le Wagon
Le Wagon is a coding school that offers short and intensive coding bootcamps. Le Wagon’s mission is to enable the greatest number of people to learn technical skills in order to update their skills, change careers, or launch their project.
The school offers a web development course, recognized as the best coding bootcamp in the world, as well as a data science course. Launched in 2013, Le Wagon now boasts an international presence in 39 cities around the world, an alumni community of 8,200+ people from all walks of life, a proven teaching method, and a corporate offer for companies to train their employees. www.lewagon.com
* #1 Coding Bootcamp on Switchup (ranked as Best Bootcamp by Switchup for the 3 last years) and #1 Coding Bootcamp on Coursereport.
CrossKnowledge provides digital learning solutions that enable the success of individuals, teams and organisations through skills acquisition. It delivers an integrated and personalized learning experience with a digital content library created with world-renowned experts to bridge the gap between academic programs and skills required in the professional world and to develop future young professionals with the right set of skills required by business players. The learning platform is built with human and artificial intelligence, and unmatched accountability with a dedicated Client Success Team. CrossKnowledge helps L&D, managers and learners acquire the skills they need to succeed. Part of Wiley, one of the world’s largest research and education providers, CrossKnowledge has 20 years of experience in digital learning, serving over 12 million learners in 130 countries. www.crossknowledge.com
Deployed in more than 90 institutions in a dozen countries, BCdiploma offers a turnkey service to create and share blockchain certificates for all academic documents: diplomas, transcripts, acquired skills and more. BCdiploma is the first organization to offer 100% blockchain certified Open Badges for micro-certifications. BCdiploma helps companies become leaders in student experience and save valuable time by dematerializing processes. www.bcdiploma.com