After studying at Swarthmore and making his fortune at Microsoft, Patrick returned to his native Ghana and founded Ashesi University, the first liberal arts college in Ghana dedicated to educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.
Five years after its inception, it has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Africa.
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.