Patrick Awuah: Africa's Wise man.


Patrick Awuah was presented with the $ 500,000 WISE Prize for Education during the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha, Qatar, in November. He becomes the first African to win the award.

Awuah left a good private sector career in the US to return to Ghana to bring about positive change within the education sector. He established the Ashesi University in 2002 in a rented room and with only 30 students. Today, Ashesi University College has a worldclass campus of 100 acres, overlooking Accra, with nearly 900 students.

He says: "I decided to create a new university in Ghana, not because of a lack of universities in my country, but a lack of universities teaching 21st-century skills...

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