In a bid to bridge the widening gender gap in the Ghanaian engineering sector the President and founder of Ashesi University, Dr. Patrick Awuah has pledged to use Ashesi’s new engineering programme to promote that cause.
Patrick Awuah revealed this while pitching for partnership at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting.
The Clinton Global Initiative was instituted in 2005 by former American President, Bill Clinton and brings together global leaders from various disciplines to brainstorm on solutions to pending global issues.
[contextly_sidebar id=”T7MyG7vxf1dJ4EesueKW8C3YnJcs6IeW”]Some dignitaries hosted at this year’s event included; US President Barrack Obama, the executive chairman of the Alibaba group, Jack Ma, the Finance Minister of Nigeria, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the CEO of General Motors, Marry Barra – and the President of Ford foundation, Darren Walker.
Speaking at this year’s event, Patrick Awuah assured that his institution was going to design a curriculum which would educate and prepare young women and men to develop engineering solutions to address some of Africa’s pressing problems.
He added; “our goal is about inclusion, but perhaps more importantly, it is about ensuring that the perspectives of African women guide the engineering solutions to some of Africa’s greatest challenges. Achieving gender balance in engineering education would be exceptional and would represent leadership not only in Africa, but also globally.”
The new engineering program is expected to commence in 2015 and construction of the faculty is already underway and nearing completion.
By: Benjamin Epton Owusu/citifmonline.com/Ghana