VENTURES AFRICA – One of the world’s best schools for entrepreneurship, Babson College has announced it will award Ghanaian entrepreneur Mr Patrick Awuah with a Honorary Doctor of Laws degree.
Mr Awuah founded the Ashesi University College in 2002 in Ghana. It is a private, accredited, non-sectarian college associated with institutions such as the Microsoft.
Ashesi’s mission is to train a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial business leaders in Africa and to nurture excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship.
The US-based Babson College named Mr Awuah, a former programmer at Microsoft, among three persons as 2013 Honorary Degree candidates for their outstanding entrepreneurial leadership.
The other two are Kip Tindell, Chairman and CEO, The Container Store; and Saras Sarasvathy, Associate Professor, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia.
They will all be honoured at Babson College May 18, 2013 at a ceremony, according to a statement issued by the College March 13, 2013.
“Patrick Awuah Jr. will receive an Honorary Doctor of Laws,” Babson said while both Tindell and Dr Sarasyathy will each receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Mr Patrick Awuah has been recognized globally for creating a bold and innovative educational model in Ashesi University College that offers the promise of transforming higher education in Africa.
“This new kind of liberal arts university, established in Ghana in 2002, educates young people in critical thinking, ethical service, and entrepreneurial leadership,” Babson said.
For his inspiring accomplishment of developing and leading an institution to educate Africa’s next generation of leaders, he was nominated as a Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum.
In 2009 he won the John P. McNulty Prize from the Aspen Institute as an extraordinary young leader making creative, effective and lasting contributions to his or her community.
In 2010 he was recognized as Ghana’s 8th most respected CEO and the winner of the Educational Development Millennium Excellence Award in Ghana.
In 2012, the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley presented him with its 2012 Leading Through Innovation Award.
He holds Bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College, an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and an Honorary Doctorate from Swarthmore College.