New York Times: Ashesi University Transforming Africa through Higher Education


Sunday, January 16, 2011:   When Patrick Awuah left his native Ghana in 1985 to study abroad, he had little notion of the opportunities that would await him back home 13 years later.  In 2002, Mr. Awuah founded Ashesi University College, a private, liberal arts college in Labone, a suburb of Accra, Ghana’s capital, with a small class of 30 and big dreams of transforming the continent.

Ashesi has modern computer facilities, with the help of supporters at Microsoft. The school’s four-year bachelor’s program designed in collaboration with professors from Berkeley, Swarthmore and the University of  Washington offers degrees in business administration, management information systems and computer science. In addition, all students are required to do community service before graduating so they understand that the real privilege of leadership is helping society, according to Awuah.

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