Hi reddit I'm Patrick Awuah, a former Microsoft engineer who founded Ashesi University in Ghana, which has been called a "new model" for higher ed in Africa. I'm also a 2015 MacArthur Fellow. AMA!
I'm Patrick Awuah, and in 2002 I founded Ashesi University in my native Ghana. Ashesi is a four-year private institution that offers a core curriculum grounded in liberal arts, ethical principles, and skills for contemporary African needs and opportunities. I was educated at American universities, and I had a successful career as a Microsoft engineer, but a vision for better higher education in Ghana drew me back home.
In a little over a decade, Ashesi is already firmly established as one of Ghana’s premier universities. Our graduates have found quality employment, and almost all remain in Africa, where many have started much-needed information technology businesses. In 2015, I was named a MacArthur Fellow.
NOTE: I'll hop on at 11ET to begin answering questions, but feel free to go ahead and get them in now!
SECOND EDIT: Hello everyone, I just joined the conversation; I am looking forward to my very first Reddit AMA!
FINAL EDIT: Thanks so much everyone for the questions, but it's time for me to hop off! Really enjoyed this session and I hope to be back on again someday. Best, Patrick.