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Founder’s Message

Over the past ten years, the Akilah Institute has become East Africa’s pre-eminent institution for women’s leadership and career development.

Now, we’re expanding access to more students than ever, and will offer degrees to male and female students. We have an ambitious vision for scale of our unique model of personalized and affordable higher education, while preserving Akilah as a unique campus for female leaders.

By 2030, we will open 10 Davis College campuses in Africa and Asia and educate 1 million students.

Davis College Rwanda and Davis College Hong Kong will open in 2020.


Our campus for female leaders, Akilah, opened in Rwanda in 2010. As East Africa’s pre-eminent higher education institution for women, Akilah’s graduates have launched careers in finance, clean energy, eco-tourism, agribusiness, conservation, technology, and more. The Akilah experience combines the Davis academic model with an intensive focus on women’s leadership.

  • Graduates earn 12x the national median income

  • 88% are employed within 6 months of graduation

  • 21-st Century Skills
  • Personalized Learning
  • Innovation
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Sustainability
We constantly analyze market trends to inform our interdisciplinary approach and ensure our students gain access to the foremost academic and career opportunities.

We celebrate collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity in order to graduate adaptive leaders prepared for industries of the future.


Davis College combines competency-based degrees in business, entrepreneurship, technology, hospitality management, and marketing, with a customized, data-driven learning model to create a highly personalized academic experience for each student


Our campuses in Rwanda and Hong Kong will open in 2020.


Join us on October 5th, 2019 for our Decennial Gala in Tampa, Florida.