" I believe that the most pressing issue today would be the learning crisis we face. Around the world, more people have access to education; but the quality of education is quite low in many developing economies."
Patrick AWUAH is the Founder and President of Ashesi University in Ghana, a not-for-profit institution that is recognized as one of the finest universities in Africa. Under Patrick's leadership, Ashesi has created a curriculum and model grounded in the liberal arts that fosters critical thinking, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership.
Prior to founding Ashesi in 2002, Patrick gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion as a project manager at Microsoft, including spearheading the development of dial-up internetworking technologies. He holds bachelor's degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, and earned an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business before returning to his native Ghana.
Patrick's vision and leadership have been recognized on a global scale. He is a MacArthur Fellow, a winner of the WISE Prize for Education (2017), and a member of the Order of the Volta - one of Ghana's highest honors. In 2015, Patrick was named one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune.
Patrick's vision is an African renaissance driven by a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.
" With the march of technology disrupting the way we work and connecting humanity in an unprecedented way, we need to accept that we need to prepare students for more than just narrowly focused careers. Students will go through many evolutions throughout their lives and careers, and we need to design our education systems to empower them. Education can no longer be just about passing on knowledge, or teaching students to master a limited range of skills. We should be focusing on teaching students how to think, and how to learn and adapt. They should be able to self-teach. Which is why education should be aimed at building the foundation which will allow for this. We need more multisdiciplinary curriculums; we need to emphasize the values of empathy and concern for others; and we need to teach students how they can contribute to finding solutions for global issues. "
" I believe it is time to define a global set of priorities for education, similar to the Sustainable Development Goals, that drives our collaborative efforts. Different institutions can then cluster around the priorities that are most pressing for them, and work towards helping develop scalable solutions. In this way, we may achieve a true global effort to prepare generations all around the world to thrive."