Patrick Gyimah Awuah Jr
Before founding Ashesi, Patrick Awuah Jr. worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft Corporation. He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, and an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Patrick is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a member of the USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He has received Ghana's Millennium Excellence Award for Educational Development and been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company magazine. In 2015, he was named a MacArthur Fellow, becoming the first Ghanaian to win the award. In 2017, he was named winner of the World Innovation Summit in Education Prize for Education, a prestigious award that celebrates global excellence in education and the people helping improve education around the world.
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Ashesi University College
Ashesi aims to make a significant contribution to a renaissance in Africa by educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders. Ashesi's innovative curriculum, unique in Africa, combines a multidisciplinary core, cutting-edge majors in business, computer science, management information systems and engineering, and a four-year focus on leadership development and community service. The core curriculum nurtures ethics, instils a can-do problem solving attitude, and cultivates critical thinking skills within students.
Ashesi students learn to innovate and to persist in developing creative solutions to Africa’s most pressing needs. Women make up nearly 50% of the student body, and 50% of students receive need-based financial aid. Every year, 100% of Ashesi graduates start their own businesses or are placed in jobs or graduate programmes within six months of graduation, and 90% stay to work for progress in Africa. Graduates work for efficiency, transparency and innovation in microfinance, technology, banking, NGOs and other areas. They improve the lives of fellow citizens and help grow Africa's economy.