Patrick Awuah on Educating Leaders| 17mins
Director: TED | Producer: TED
Focus Years: 2006 | Country: United States
After working at Microsoft for almost a decade, Patrick Awuah returned home to Ghana and confounded Ashesi University, a small liberal arts college that aims to educate Africa's next generation of leaders. Its first class of students graduated in 2006. Patrick Awuah left Ghana as a teenager to attend Swarthmore College in the United States, then stayed on to build a career at Microsoft in Seattle. In returning to his home country, he has made a commitment to educating young people in critical thinking and ethical service, values he believes are crucial for the nation-building that lies ahead. Founded in 2002, his Ashesi University is already charting a new course in African education, with its high-tech facilities, innovative academic program and emphasis on leadership. It seems more than fitting that ashesi means "beginning" in Akan, one of Ghana's native languages. Patrikc Awuah is an alumnus of the TED Fellows program, having attended TED Global 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania, and TED2009 in Long Beach, California.