About Ashesi University College

Over more than a decade, Ashesi has established a reputation as a leader in undergraduate education in Africa, with an educational experience that fosters ethical leadership, an entrepreneurial mindset and the ability to solve complex problems. These qualities are what set Ashesi students and alumni apart. Across various industries today, Ashesi graduates are highly sought, and over 90% have stayed to work for progress in Africa.

At the heart of the Ashesi experience is our liberal arts and sciences curriculum, and our campus culture. Ashesi students come from 18 African countries to learn, live and innovate together; half are on scholarships, and 48% are women. On campus, these students join with faculty and Ashesi leadership to engage in discussion, civic action and connection with each other—under a shared mission to transform the African continent.

To educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform our continent.

The Ashesi Way -- the principles that define us

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Citizenship

At a Glance

  • Private, non-profit
  • 4-year undergraduate
  • Began instruction: 4th March, 2002
  • Student Honor Code Established: January 2008 (first in Africa)
  • President: Patrick G. Awuah, Jr.
  • 6 degree programs
  • Core curriculum in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 892 alumni
  • 791 students
  • 22:1 student-faculty ratio (16:1 if teaching assistants are counted)
  • 1 MacArthur Fellow
  • 1 Fulbright Scholar

Degree Programs

  • 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

  1. Ethics and Civic Engagement
  2. Critical thinking and Quantitative Reasoning
  3. Communication
  4. Leadership and Teamwork
  5. Innovation and Action
  6. Curiosity and Skill(last
  7. Technological Competence

Career placement

Enrolment (based on a September 2016 census)

  • 791 students
  • 48% women, 52% men
  • 20% international
  • 29% on full scholarships
  • 22% on partial scholarships
  • Over 20 countries represented, including: Benin, Cameroon, Canada, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zimbabwe

Student retention rate (historical average since inception)

  • 70% graduation rate in four years
  • 80% graduation rate after five years


  • 32 full-time faculty
  • 14 adjunct faculty
  • 39 faculty interns
  • 63 administrative staff
  • 44% women on staff and faculty
  • 50% women on the Executive Team
  • 40% women on the Board of Directors

Fun Facts

Study Abroad and Academic Partners


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.

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