Honoris United Universities, the pan-African higher education group backed by private equity firm Actis, has acquired Nile University Nigeria, expanding into West Africa.

Established in 2009, Nile University of Nigeria is fully accredited and offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in arts and social scienes, engineering, law, management sciences, natural and applied sciences, and medical and health sciences.

The acquisition by Honoris, which is three years old, brings its number of institutions to 11, whose 60 campuses are located in 10 countries spread across 32 cities and collectively educate 45,000 students.

“As we welcome Nile University of Nigeria to the Honoris family of higher education institutions, we are undertaking an important step forward in our pan-African goal of widening access to quality higher education for young people in the continent,” said Luis Lopez, chief executive of Honoris. “In light of Nigeria’s strategic importance to the development of Africa, we are pleased to be making this investment in the educational system of the country.

“Moreover, the high standards and the accomplishments of Nile University of Nigeria add significant collaborative intelligence and pedagogical capabilities to our network.”

With the largest population and economy in Africa, Nigeria is poised to “lead a new generation of African leaders and professionals”, Honoris said in a statement.

Nile University of Nigeria’s medical school will bolster Honoris’ medical simulation centre in Tunis, the firm said, which trains more than 3,500 students and upskills healthcare professionals.

Honoris said that it offers more than 280 degrees.

Date published: 3 July 2020

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