2018 has been a turbulent year politically, but it has also been a year of economic recovery, growth and new opportunities. Summit gatherings, like the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe 2018 in Vienna in the last month of the year, noted an increased interest from outside the continent, a possible indication that the slight growth of previous months is now picking up pace.
China, currently the leading foreign investor in Africa, is slowly being challenged by other countries, who are quick to point out that the country imports a large percentage of Chinese workers and professionals, instead of hiring local personnel for its major infrastructure projects in Africa.
But not all economic growth in Africa is expected to originate from outside the continent. Analysts predict accelerated growth for African economies, especially small and medium-sized ones. Business and consumer spending is expected to increase from USD 4 trillion in 2015 to USD 5.6 trillion in 2025, with an additional USD 300 billion coming from increased internet penetration.
Although in some areas internet coverage remains weak, Africa’s population is already at the top range of internet users globally, mainly through mobile devices, and total subscription on the continent is expected to reach 500 million users in 2020.
All of the above developments, combined with closer co-operation among the countries in the region, (partially attributed to the signing of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) Agreement), are expected to create even more opportunities in African job markets.
UNICAF is consistently monitoring developing trends, adjusting its range of academic and professional programmes accordingly. UNICAF aims to provide courses that respond to the new needs and opportunities arising in the local and global labour markets, in order to produce graduates who are well qualified and highly employable. A variety of Business, IT, Education, Accountancy, Management and Law degree programmes have been introduced during 2018, at Bachelor, Master’s and PhD level, with more new degrees expected next year. Unicaf University, UNICAF’s multi-campus, pan-African partner university, is expanding its network with plans developed for campuses in new locations, in addition to the two state-of-the-art campuses already operating in Zambia and Malawi.
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