Education is another area to dive into to make money and bring development in Africa.
Today we look at the African entrepreneur, Patrick Awuah from Ghana, who has built a world class university in Ghana. It is amazing to note that students at this college get opportunities to intern at global firms in New York, London and in Asia!
Patrick G. Awuah, Jr.
Founder and President, Ashesi University
is the Founder and President of Ashesi University,
a private undergraduate institution that has quickly gained an excellent reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana. The university, which began instruction in March 2002, is modeled after Swarthmore University
in United States of America and has principal strengths in business, economics and computer science. The key characteristic that defines Ashesi
students is leadership potential, an institutional norm that is evidenced by the fact that a team of Ashesi
students won the Standard Chartered Bank
Innovation Incubator competition in 2005. Ashesi
’s unique learning environment, high quality lecturers and acclaimed advisory board makes it an exemplary model for private sector education in Ghana.
Prior to founding Ashesi
, Mr. Awuah
served for eight years as a Program Manager in the Business Systems Division of Microsoft Corporation
, where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internetworking
technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore
College, and an MBA from UC
Berkeley’s Haas School of Business
. He is married to Rebecca
with two children.
In 2004, Swarthmore
awarded Mr. Awuah
an honorary doctorate in recognition of his leadership in African higher education. He is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative, a partnership between the Aspen Institute, Databank
, and TechnoServe
. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations
, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Tau Beta Pi national Honor Society for Excellence in Engineering.
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