The founder and president of Ashesi university college, a private, non-profit institution in Ghana, Mr Patrick Awuah Jr. has just bagged this year’s World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) prize .
The award was presented to him by her highness Shelkha Moza bint Nasser, chairperson of Qatar foundation at the opening plenary session of the eight World innovation summit for Education in Doha, Qatar.
About Patrick Awuah Jr.
Patrick Awuah Jr born in 1975 and bred in Accra , Ghana is an engineer, educator and entrepreneur.
With just $50 in his pocket, he left Ghana to Swarthmore college, Pennsylvania, the United states on full schorlarship. After graduating , he super headed design for dial-up internet access, with seeming expertise at Microsoft and later returned to Ghana with the intention of starting a software company.
As the desire to make a difference and foster ethical leadership in younger generations grew, be went back to study the step by step process on how to start a university, this time in the university of California, Berkely.
He founded the Ashesi university in 2002 in a rented house, with just 30 students and today has a world class campus of 100 acres overlooking Accra with nearly 900 students.
In 2008, Ashesi university became the first university to adopt a student-run Honor code system where students write exams without proctors.
The WISE prize for education is one of its kind that recognizes outstanding individuals making positive contributions to education.
Stavros N. Yiannouka the CEO of WISE said ” Patrick Awuah’s story is unique in his awakening to the role of renewed ethical leadership in social transformation particularly in Africa. In placing leadership at the core of his commitment, he stands as a model for all of us who are dedicated to empowerment through education”.
We Celebrate You Patrick Awuah Jr.!