LONDON, November 9 2020: Pearson today announces the disposal of its interests in Pearson Institute of Higher Education (PIHE) in South Africa to a consortium of Stellenbosch Graduate Institute (SGI) and EXEO Capital.
Stellenbosch Graduate Institute (SGI) is an established provider of innovative education programmes from a digital platform. EXEO Capital is a pan-African alternative investment firm.
This is in line with the strategic direction Pearson has taken in recent years to shift away from physical, large-scale direct delivery services and focus on strategic opportunities.
The disposal is expected to close in the first half of 2021 subject to the necessary regulatory approvals being obtained.
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Notes to editors
In 2010, Pearson, through its legal entity Longman Group (Overseas Holdings) Limited, acquired a stake in CTI Education Group. By 2019, both the Midrand Graduate Institute and the CTI campuses were rebranded to Pearson Institute of Higher Education
(PIHE). In November 2020, Longman Group (Overseas Holdings) Limited signed an agreement to sell its interests in PIHE through the sale of its holding company CTI Education Group Proprietary Limited.
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Pearson Institute of Higher Education (PIHE) consisting of 12 campuses across South Africa. PIHE has an excellent record of producing employable graduates who are prepared for all aspects of the modern workplace. Students benefit from a diversity of academic ideas and a range of career-focused qualifications and programmes. Visit www.pearsoninstitute.africa for more information.
About EXEO Capital
EXEO Capital is a pan-African alternative investment firm with approximately USD 250m assets under management. The firm operates from Cape Town, Nairobi and Mauritius. The firm’s investment philosophy focuses on investing in and building businesses for sound financial returns as well as positive impact. The firm is also known for its investment activities in the food & agribusiness sector through the Agri-Vie Funds under its management. EXEO, pronounced ex-AY-o, means ‘go forth’ in Latin. Visit www.exeocapital.com for more information.
About Stellenbosch Graduate Institute
Stellenbosch Graduate Institute is a specialist provider of online higher education and is the education operating partner of EXEO Capital. Visit www.sgi.co.za for more information.