Honoris United Universities, the pan-African network of private higher education institutions, has acquired Esprit Group in Tunisia.

Founded in 2003 Esprit Group offers courses in computer engineering, telecommunications engineering, civil engineering, electromechanical engineering, and management science. It comprises four institutions including a tertiary engineering/technology school, a tertiary business school, a kindergarten and primary school (Al-Kindi), and a secondary school (Al Fikr).

Honoris chief executive Luis Lopez said: “Welcoming the highly regarded Esprit Group into Honoris United Universities adds significant breadth and expertise to the network and its pan-African mission as students across the entire continent will have access to best of class industry-oriented STEM education.

“Esprit Group students will also gain access to diverse academic experiences at Honoris, based on our education for impact ethos and a singular focus on preparing for a fourth industrial revolution world of work. This partnership is a unique opportunity to build on the legacy of Esprit by expanding its success and impact to Africa’s future leaders.”

Tahar Ben Lakhdar, chief executive of Esprit Group added: “There is a very clear shared set of values between Esprit Group and Honoris – a challenging, disruptive and innovative pedagogical model that places prime importance on learning for solutions and educating for impact, a firm belief in the power of collaboration and shared experiences, and a desire to build capacity to put Africa on the global business map with highly skilled and internationally competitive professionals. As we enter our 18th year, the faculty that has helped build this winning establishment will now join hands with a unique, international academic model for further future success.”

Esprit is the 14th institution in the Honoris network, which is now caters to 57,000 students in Africa. The company is present in 10 countries and 32 cities, teaching medical and health sciences, engineering, IT, business, law, architecture, creative arts and design, media, political science and education.

Date published: 2 December 2020

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