→ The Davis College model is a unique hybrid of a liberal arts education with applied and technical curricula, combining competency-based academic programs with a customized, data-driven learning model to actualize practical experience and equip students with the tools needed to thrive in the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

→ 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. Akilah graduates join a distinguished network of the region’s female leaders and entrepreneurs, facilitating access to unique mentorship and career opportunities, and changing the way women participate in the economy as innovators, technologists, and changemakers.

The Akilah campus remains a unique environment for female leaders within Davis College Rwanda.

→ Our approach is rooted in sustainability education, the transformative learning process that equips students with the skills, knowledge, and values to build a sustainable future.

Our Pillars

The Akilah Pillars define our academic model. They are present in every program that we offer.

Personalized Learning

We reject the notion of one-size-fits-all approach to education, and celebrate individual styles of learning and leading.

We seek to constantly improve our data-driven, adaptive learning model to refine individualized pathways to success for each student. We deliver a customized and thoughtful experience for all students that inspires excellence.


Our methodology and pedagogy are nontraditional and unparalleled, offering students the opportunity to join us in forging a new path in higher education and global leadership.

We inspire students to enthusiastically pursue new ideas, challenge the status quo, and develop radical solutions for unmet needs. We champion innovation and bold leadership.

21st Century Skills

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.


We deliver a transformative learning experience that equips students with the knowledge, and tools, and frameworks for complex systems analysis and a thorough understanding of the sustainable development necessary to balance vibrant economies with a healthy environment, giving graduates a competitive advantage in their chosen careers.

Ethical Leadership

We are a community of thoughtful leaders committed to building the future with respect. We encourage one another to see beyond our own perspectives and carefully examine our own blind spots.

We foster values that promote gender equity, civic responsibility, and environmental stewardship, inspiring personal growth and integrity throughout our community.

Our Leadership

Join our team!

Are you a leader and innovator in your field? Learn more about the career opportunities at Akilah, and join our world-renowned faculty and staff.

Our Vision for Scale

By 2030, we will have 10 campuses across Africa and Asia and educate one million students.

The Davis College Network

Davis College educates future leaders to champion opportunity and sustainability in solving the world’s most pressing challenges. By 2030, we will launch 10 campuses in Africa and Asia, and educate one million students.

Every element of Davis College has been intentionally designed to create a radically different educational experience, replacing traditional education methods like large group lectures and rote memorization with customized resources and activities to address the unique needs of each student, including group projects, tailored academic support, career coaching, and community service projects.

The Akilah campus remains a unique environment for female leaders within Davis College Rwanda.

Opening New Campuses

Davis College Rwanda will open in Kigali in June 2020 and offer diplomas and degrees to young men and women.

Davis College Hong Kong will open in Sept 2020 and recruit students from across Asia. We are now based in Hong Kong, Dave’s hometown, and our connections in the business & education communities make it the ideal launchpad into Asia.

Blended Learning

Our new curriculum will be delivered in both online and offline formats. In their first year, students will spend more time on-campus in a traditional classroom setting. By the second year, a majority of the content will be delivered through online courses that are self-paced so that students have more flexibility.

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