African Leadership Academy CEO Fred Swaniker, inaugural chancellor Graca Machel and Glasgow Caledonian University's Vice Chancellor Pamela Gillies. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN.

With a fresh approach to new age tertiary education, African Leadership University was started in 2013 in South Africa to address the shortages of tertiary education across the continent. Now operating from Mauritius, the venture is in its fourth year and continues to develop world-class African talent at a fraction of the cost.

Inspired by the country’s need to establish itself as one of Africa’s higher education hubs, with the move to Mauritius, Ghanaian educationalist Fred Swaniker found that the country had no restrictions on foreign exchange and was easy for pan-African businesses to conduct business in.

In addition, the country’s policies around cross-continent business make work permits, visa requirements and the safety of educators and students coming in and out of the country less of a concern.

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