Advtech has acquired 51% of Zambian distance-learning institution University of Africa for an undisclosed amount. The deal brings Advtech’s tertiary education division to 10 brands across 26 sites in sub-Saharan Africa, it said in a statement on Monday. Advtech’s tertiary education institutions include Vega School of Brand Leadership, Rosebank College, Varsity College and The Design School of Southern Africa, which it owns via subsidiary The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). University of Africa was founded in 2006 and has grown to more than 2,000 students and 145 staff. It offers 22 bachelors, eight masters and a doctoral degree. "The IIE will help benchmark the University of Africa’s degree and diploma programmes against international best practice, thus assist to ensure academic excellence," the division’s GM, Peter Kriel, said. "It will also advise on future appointments of qualified and experienced lecturers and academics, develop work-focused curricula created in c...

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