Nikiwe visits university in Mauritius forging African excellence

Initially established in 2013 in South Africa, the African Leadership University in Mauritius has about 300 students from 35 African countries currently enrolled.

With a curriculum specifically designed around solving African problems, the university is focused on skills development and aims to produce world class leaders from the continent.

Journalist, Nikiwe Bikitsha visited the campus as part of her Africa Connected tour.

We spent some time with the CEO, Fred Swaniker. The thinking behind the university is that Africa has a dire need of higher education institutions, at the moment he says we currently only have have 8% of those people who need to be enrolled at universities.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, journalist

The whole point is to produce and develop world class African leaders who are going to be tasked with developing the continent so the curriculum is geared towards that where they tackle the challenges and also explore the opportunities that exist on the continent.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, journalist

She explains some of what sparked the university's decision to move to Mauritius.

Because they are pan-African they had staff from across the continent and battled to get work permits, yet here in Mauritius, work permits take within a day.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, journalist

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