At Ashesi, we believe that Africa’s future will depend on enlightened leadership. We educate such leaders through an academic program steeped in the liberal arts and sciences -designed in collaboration with some of the world's best universities and in partnership with local and multinational organizations across Ghana. Over 90% of our alumni live and work in Africa, helping expand businesses, influencing society and contributing to a renaissance across Africa.
Purpose: A transformation in Africa.
Mission: To educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform their continent.
The Ashesi Way -- the principles that define us
- Private, non-profit
- Began instruction: 4th March, 2002
- President: Patrick G. Awuah, Jr.
- 6 degree programs
- 748 alumni
- 679 students
- 18:1 student-faculty ratio (13:1 if teaching assistants are counted)
- 1 MacArthur Fellow
- 1 Fulbright Scholar
- 4 -year undergraduate
- Core curriculum in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
- BSc Business Administration
- BSc Management Information Systems
- BSc Computer Science
- BSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- BSc Computer Engineering
- BSc Mechanical Engineering
Learning Goals that guide our curriculum and everything we do
- Ethics and Civic Engagement
- Critical thinking and Quantitative Reasoning
- Leadership and Teamwork
- Innovation and Action
- Curiosity and Skill
- Technological Competence
100% career placement within months of graduation
Enrolment (based on a September 2015 census)
- 679 students
- 47% women, 53% men
- 21% international
- 30% on full scholarships
- 25% on partial scholarships
- Over 20 countries represented, including: Benin, Cameroon, China, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gambia, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Switzerland, Trinidad, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Student retention rate (historical average since inception)
- 70% graduation rate in four years
- 80% graduation rate after five years
- 32 full-time faculty
- 17 adjunct faculty
- 39 faculty interns
- 59 administrative staff
- 44% women on staff and faculty
- 50% women on the Executive Team
- 40% women on the Board of Directors
- Ashesi's first health centre was located in a remodeled garage
- 100% of Ashesi students take a course in computer programming
- Ashesi's engineering programme was launched by US Astronaut, Bobby Satcher; and His Excellency Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, Vice President of Ghana
Study Abroad Partners
- Coe College, Iowa
- College of Wooster, Ohio
- Goucher College, Maryland
- Macalester College, Minnesota
- Sciences Po, Paris, France
- Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
- University of Angers, France
- University of Minnesota, Minnesota
- Wheaton College, Massachusetts
Set on a 100 stunning acres overlooking Ghana's capital city Accra, Ashesi's campus unites traditional African design, modern technology and a commitment to environmental sustainability to create an inspiring base for young Africans to live, collaborate and study.
Community of Trust
In keeping with our values of ethics and leadership, the university community agreed to adopt an Honour Code in 2008, that was voted into force by the student community. Under the Exam Honour Code, students take all their examinations without invigilators, taking on the responsibility to maintain honesty in exams. The code is a step towards sustaining the high-trust community that we continue to build, and puts students in charge of their own ethical posture.
National Accreditation Board of Ghana
University Affiliations in Ghana
Ashesi University College is a private, not-for-profit, non-sectarian institution. It is sponsored by Ashesi University Foundation, a non-profit, publicly supported US corporation as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. Ashesi University College admits students of any race, colour, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, colour, national and ethnic origin in admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs, nor in employment.
Neither Ashesi University College nor Ashesi University Foundation have any political affiliations in Ghana or abroad. Ashesi will work with all interested parties in achieving its educational mission.