This week we focus on the leaders of the future. We have three very different stories of how new generations are being primed for leadership roles. In Ghana one man’s vision has led to the establishment of a new kind of university to train ethically-minded and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa. We also go to London, one of the world’s top financial capitals, where students from around the globe come in their droves hoping to become the world’s future business leaders. And finally we visit Kazakhstan where higher education is a top priority in its quest for development and recognition as a global player. A scholarship programme there hopes to make big returns.
When Patrick Awuah unexpectedly made a lot of money with Microsoft stock options, he decided to take action. He co-founded Ashesi, with the aim of educating future leaders in his home country of Ghana.
Ashesi offers degrees in subjects including business admin, computers and management of IT systems. In the first two years, students follow a broad common curriculum, including African history, politics, social research, philosophy, design, and conflict resolution. They also undertake community service.
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The London School of Economics, the LSE, is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. So far, 16 former students and teachers have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics.
But studying at the LSE is not just a way of getting into a well-paid job in finance. The students at the LSE are ambitious, focused and determined.
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In Kazakhstan, Kanat Tossekbayev is only 28 years old, but he runs all the emergency health services in Astana, the capital city. He has achieved this with help from the Bolashak Scholarship Programme through which he studied Hospital Management in Germany.
Bolashak students are academically bright, speak excellent Kazakh, understand Kazakh culture and must promise to work in Kazakhstan for at least five years once they graduate. In exchange, the Bolashak grant covers all their educational expenses.
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