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WISE Prize for Education 2017 Ashesi Documentary
The prestigious WISE Prize for Education was presented to Patrick Awuah, founder and president of Ashesi.


2017 Commencement: Thank you!
To all who contributed to the Class of 2017 reaching their graduation milestone this June – thank you!


The 2017 Education Collaborative at Ashesi
Ou inaugural Education Collaborative brought together 12 institutions from across Africa and the US to share ideas on advancing Higher Education in Africa.


Ashesi on PBS NewsHour
When Patrick Awuah – a former Microsoft executive who was educated in the U.S. — returned to his home country of Ghana, his goal of starting a software company was dashed by the lack of a qualified workforce. So instead he founded Ashesi University, which is guided by principles of ethical leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports.



Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC)

Recap: Launch of the Ghana Climate Innovation Center
Funded through a grant from the World Bank Group and partners, the Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) is a green project incubation hub where entrepreneurs and startup ventures can access support to develop their innovative ideas into strong and viable businesses. This video shows a recap of the center’s launch at Ashesi University, where it will be based.


Green Business: From Waste to Wealth
GCIC’s incubation program focuses on nurturing green business and startups to make them better. Find out how GCIC helped John Afari-Idan CEO of Biogas Technologies Limited become a better entrepreneur.


Climate Innovation Business – The Pulse on JoyNews
An interview with Ruka Sanusi, the Executive Director of the GCIC. 



Engineering Agriculture Solutions
For their class projects, freshmen in our Introduction to Engineering class teamed up in groups to design solar powered irrigation systems for farmers in rural Ghana. The students designed the system to detect when soil needed or had enough water, and power on or off automatically. Here’s a quick video showing some of the finished projects.


Launching Ashesi’s Engineering Program
October 2015: Catch the video recap of our engineering launch ceremony. Highlighting musical performances, speeches, faculty interviews and a look inside the new engineering building, this video is not one to miss.


An Engineering Program Built on Love and Compassion
A look at the work done to develop Ashesi’s new Engineering program, and how a Fetzer Institute grant allowed faculty to deign values of love and compassion into our curriculum.


Engineering Students Demonstrate Solar Generator Prototypes
Two weeks. That was exactly how long our first-year Engineering students had to design and build a working prototype for a solar-powered mini-generator to charge electronic devices.




How to find your voice as a woman in Africa | Yawa Hansen-Quao ’07
Ghanaian women’s right activist, Yawa Hansen-Quao shares keys that will help women and girls find their voice and rise up in leadership in the public sphere.


Changing Africa’s single story with science and technology | Regina Agyare ’05
Regina talks about how the one-sided stories painted about Africa could be changed using science and technology as a means of social transformation.


Dorcas Amoh Mensah ’16 | Skoll World Forum Emerging Leaders Interview
The Emerging Leaders Initiative brings together the next generation of social entrepreneurs from around the world, selected and supported in partnership by the Skoll Foundation and Mastercard Foundation.


Kpetermeni Toquoi Siakor ’15 | Skoll World Forum Emerging Leaders Interview
The Emerging Leaders Initiative brings together the next generation of social entrepreneurs from around the world, selected and supported in partnership by the Skoll Foundation and Mastercard Foundation.

Patrick Awuah


Winner of $500,000 global education award talks to Al Jazeera
The founder of a university college in Ghana and campaigner to raise the quality of higher education in Africa has won a major global education award. Patrick Awuah left Ghana in the 1980s to take up a scholarship in the US.


Ashesi at the IFC in Washington, DC
On May 18, 2017 Ashesi held a panel in partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in Washington, D.C on Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa Higher Education and Lessons from the U.S.


2017 Solutions Summit: Mainstreaming Social Entrepreneurship
Live from the World Economic Forum’s Solutions Summit with Patrick Awuah.


2016 McCabe Lecture with Patrick Awuah, Jr. `89
Patrick, a Swarthmore University alumnus, delivered this year’s McCabe Lecture “The Liberal Arts and the Future of Africa” at his alma mater. In his lecture, Patrick shares his thoughts about the challenges and opportunities Africa faces – and why he has come to believe more strongly than ever that a liberal education is fundamentally important to Africa’s future.


Building the first liberal arts college in Ghana
In April 2016, the Google re:Work team gathered leaders from across industries and across the globe to talk about the future of work. 


An Introduction to Ashesi
Founded in 2002, Ashesi aims to spark a renaissance in Africa by educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders. This video introduces Ashesi faculty, alumni and students who share what Ashesi means to them.


Patrick Awuah, 2015 MacArthur Fellow
Ashesi President Patrick Awuah is an education entrepreneur creating a new model for higher education in Africa that combines training in ethical leadership, a liberal arts tradition, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities.


The Inspiration Behind Ashesi
Patrick Awuah speaks with the Authenticity Project, about his leadership journey and hopes for Ashesi.


Courage as the Basis for Creativity and Innovation
Patrick speaks at the 2014 WISE conference.


TED Talk: Educating a new generation of African leaders
Patrick’s famous 2007 TED Talk, in which he makes the case that a liberal arts education is critical to forming true leaders.


University Of California Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Patrick returns to his alma mater as a guest speaker for the Dean’s Speakers Series.


Zeitgeist Americas 2011
Patrick shares his hope that Ashesi will help spark a renaissance in Africa.


Talks at Google
Patrick shares how fostering innovation is the key to creating lasting change in Africa.