Former Microsoft engineer receives ‘genius grant’ for creating a school in Ghana

A former Microsoft engineer has acquired one of many highest honors in the world — a MacArthur Basis “genius grant.”

Patrick Awuah is being acknowledged with the distinguished award, which incorporates the esteemed label of being a MacArthur Fellow and $625,000.

Awuah based Ashesi University in 2002, a four-year school in Ghana that gives a “core curriculum grounded in liberal arts, moral ideas, and expertise for modern African wants and alternatives,” based on the MacArthur Basis site.

Awuah is from Ghana, however went to school in America and began a profession at Microsoft after commencement. It was the “stark distinction between his faculty expertise, which careworn essential pondering and drawback fixing, and the rote studying frequent in Ghana’s academic system” that impressed him to start out his personal group, the MacArthur Basis states.

The Asheshi school has a sturdy emphasis on STEM expertise and enterprise improvement, but additionally ethics and gender range. One of many coolest updates posted on the Asheshi website is about its dedication to enrolling equal numbers of men and women in its engineering program, which began this fall.

Awuah was an engineer and program supervisor at Microsoft from 1989­–1997, based on his MacArthur bio, earlier than founding the school. He’s additionally a TED fellow.


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