What is Ashesi D:lab?

The Ashesi Design Lab is an initiative which combines the concepts of design thinking and design making; design thinking or strategy design for problem-solving, and design making or fabrication for making things more tangible and building out the creative outcomes of the different processes involved in both concepts. The Ashesi D: Lab started work in September 2015.

Why Ashesi D:Lab?

In leveraging design thinking in business innovation, the D: Lab focuses on assisting students and faculty of the University as well as corporate bodies with a variety of innovation projects in fields of business, society, and policy such as health, energy, food and agriculture to name a few. We do this through the D: Lab Fellows program which engages the Ashesi community in capacity-building in design thinking and the D: Lab Consult which offers high strategic value to corporate clients and design experience to students through collaborative work on projects. These two programs are supported by the D: Lab Storytelling (sensemaking and visualization) and D: Lab FabHub (Fabrication).


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    In 2017, Ashesi was awarded the World Innovation Summit in Education Prize, one of the world’s biggest prizes in education. In 2018, Ashesi was also awarded a Charter by the President of Ghana, granting us full independence as a nationally recognized degree-granting institution. Ashesi was the youngest private university to have been granted a Presidential Charter in Ghana’s history. In 2012, Ashesi University was ranked among the top ten most respected organizations in Ghana (a first for an education institution) in a survey of 300 CEOs conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and Business and Financial Times. See more awards and recognition here >>

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From starting Africa's first student-run honor code system to running far-reaching social ventures to founding companies that build software for millions of users, Ashesi's students and alumni are making an impact that is recognized around the world.