We are pleased to share that Albert Opoku (MSc Computer Science 2017, Chevening Scholar) is the global winner of the Study UK British Council Alumni Awards’ Social Impact category.

The award received applications from around 1,000 applicants from international UK alumni in more than 100 countries, representing more than 120 UK higher education institutions across the UK.

Bath graduate Albert is co-founder of hapaSpace – a tech, entrepreneurship and collaboration hub in Kumasi, Ghana – after realising that many young people in his community lacked a space to get mentoring and work on their start-up ideas. Since it was established in 2016, hapaSpace has supported over 1,000 budding entrepreneurs.

He also set up the Code4Girls initiative, which has trained over 1,200 girls in computer programming.

“I had a wonderful one-and-a-half years at the University of Bath,” says Albert. “The University provided me with not just high-quality education, but also the opportunity to learn how to contribute to making the lives of others better.”

Professor Ian White DL FREng, Vice-Chancellor and President says: “At the University of Bath we take great pride in our graduates and never more so as when they achieve as much as Albert. I speak on behalf of all of my colleagues at the University when I say how proud we are of your important and essential work.”

He continues: “Albert’s organisations, hapaWeb and hapaSpace, as well as the Code4Girls project, truly reflect the entrepreneurial and collaborative spirit of our institution, and I was delighted to learn how Albert felt his time at Bath contributed to the development of these fascinating organisations.”

The annual Study UK Alumni Awards are open to graduates of UK universities from the past 15 years, who are living overseas.

Read more about the 2020 finalists