How Gossy Ukanwoke is Transforming Higher Education in Africa

Gossy Ukanwoke is an education enthusiast and the Founder of Edutech and Beni American University (BAU), Nigeria’s first private online university.

BAU provides Executive Education Programs to professionals, executives and graduates looking to develop business and leadership skills online and on-campus.

The young entrepreneur launched this idea in late 2012, to afford students the privilege to access their classes at any time of the day with any internet-enabled device.

“We are providing executive programs for graduates who are looking for employment and want to build up their resumes, or managers who want to climb up the hierarchy of their companies.” says Ukanwoke.

“We also have courses targeted at people who want to start their own business.” He added.

Ukanwoke’s idea to start BAU came from his previous online venture called Students Circle, an educational social networking site he had launched while in the university that allows learners to interact and access free resources from leading schools.

In the words of Ukanwoke “When I created Students Circle in 2010, I found out that many were looking for certificates, hoping that they could get something they could use to maybe find employment or get a promotion in the workplace and there was a need for a new institution to be created in Nigeria.”

He is also the President of EduTech Nigeria, a tech company that works with universities to automate the online student lifecycle from recruitment to graduation.

EduTech achieves this by helping African traditional universities take their on-campus degree programs online through the implementation of the best of technology, process management, recruitment, admissions and advisory.

He has showcased iconic traits of a person set to shape Nigeria’s educational sector through technology and has gained grounds in the world of E-learning and Distance education. Infact, Forbes once described him as “Nigeria’s Mark Zuckerberg.”

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