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About the 21st Century Skills Certificate

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21st century skills

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 “humanskills.

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.

Programme Description

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 business.


Mode of delivery

Assessment and certification

Programme Structure

The Honoris 21st Century Skills Certificate is articulated in a 4-step pedagogical approach. The learning journey is self-paced and divided into 4 modules of 25 hours each

Course 1: Harness Emotions to Be More Effective

  1. Identify your needs and emotions to thrive your productivity
  2. Use auto-empathy for decision-making
  3. Improve communication through empathy
  4. Give positive feedback

Course 2: Unlock your creative potential

  1. Free your creativity
  2. Ask the right questions
  3. Bring on ideas
  4. Be creative in groups

Course 3: Find innovative solutions through design thinking

  1. Understand key design-thinking principles and process
  2. Adopt the appropriate mindset
  3. Identify the root cause
  4. Solve a problem through multidimensional analysis
  5. Conceive a solution to a problem
  6. Build a prototype
  7. Test a prototype

Course 4: Sharpen your critical thinking

  1. Understand critical thinking in the tech age
  2. Set a foundation for critical thinking
  3. Strengthen your arguments through convincing reasoning
  4. Spot holes in reasoning
  5. Take an open approach to others’ arguments
  6. Express ideas persuasively
  7. Manage your time and attention for clearer thinking

Course 5: Improve your personal effectiveness

  1. Manage your stress
  2. Improve your task management
  3. Master your time
  4. Optimise your energy
  5. Communicate efficiently by email

Course 6: Give a boost to your communication style

  1. Understand key communication principles
  2. Reinforce your message’s impact
  3. Captivate your audience
  4. Solve conflicts
  5. Be empathetic
  6. Communicate well remotely

Course 7: Get your team working together

  1. Develop trust
  2. Share a common vision
  3. Benefit from intergenerational differences
  4. Solve issues with a constructive approach
  5. Collaborate remotely

Course 8: Coding

  1. How the web works (client architecture/ server)
  2. Coding introduction (developer tools, code in HTML and CSS)
  3. Design, develop and launch a website
  4. Discover web analytics with Google Analytics

Course 9: Data analytics

  1. Understand the evolution from excel to SQL
  2. Intro to Data Analytics
  3. Discover Python for data collection

Course 10: Bring to life your entrepreneurship

  1. Build your entrepreneurship mindset
  2. Create solutions to a problem
  3. Switch from idea to innovation
  4. Sell your idea
  5. Rally a team

Course 11: Adopt financials habits

  1. Run a market study
  2. Design a business model
  3. Master keys of financial analysis
  4. Evaluate project profitability
  5. Control your business with value creation

Course 12: Master marketing digital keys

  1. Understand your digital customers
  2. Manage the digital shift
  3. Nurture your product with digital
  4. Build your digital communication strategy
  5. Structure your omni-channel distribution
  6. 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, 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


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