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Ashesi is recognised as an exemplary university impacting higher education in Africa. The University's outcomes-focused model is ranked among the continent's best, and our campus serves as a home to Africans solving difficult challenges for Africa. Our alumni are proof of our model and are leading innovation and problem-solving. Combined, University initiatives have created thousands of jobs and products reaching 650,000 households, and improving learning outcomes for 196,000 students across Africa as of 2023. 

  • Ashesi's Next Decade Plan Open or Close

    Since our inception, a singular philosophy has driven Ashesi's community: Africa's future progress is inextricably linked to what is happening in African universities. College-educated Africans significantly influence the continent's economic and social development. To safeguard Africa’s future, we must be intentional about educating the students who will inevitably become its leaders. Over two decades, we have built a proven model for an educational experience focused on preparing students for such impactful work.

    In planning for our third decade, we reached across our community to ask: what would Africa need to do today, to become a more successful continent fifty years from now? What skills do we need to build to help students lead us beyond our current horizon, into a flourishing future? And in these conversations, we identified six key opportunities that will guide our work over the next years.

  • 1. Africa’s youth potential Open or Close

    Africa's population is growing rapidly, projected to increase from approximately 1.1 billion to 2.5 billion by 2050. This young population is a powerful force for change, and a source of human potential that can impact the entire world. With the right investments in education and skills development, this youthful population will build the continent's future, creating vibrant new industries, reducing poverty, and driving economic growth.

    We envision a future where Africa's young people are at the forefront of innovation, creating the technologies and services that improve lives. To achieve this vision, we recognise that Ashesi alone would not be enough. Africa needs a dramatic retooling of its broader educational systems to nurture the skills, knowledge, and character necessary for a productive and innovative workforce, and effective leaders.

     

    • Launch New, Critical Programs: Introduce seven new programs across business, computer science, engineering, and leadership to enhance Africa's talent pipeline and leadership in both public and private sectors.
    • Expand the Education Collaborative: Build a network of universities across Africa to improve skills and career outcomes for at least a million students by 2030.
    • Systems Change and Policy Advocacy: Develop a new outcomes-focused measurement and ranking framework for African universities, providing benchmarks for higher education leaders.
    • Increase Faculty Research: Contribute to scholarship, primarily of Teaching & Learning, offering evidence and insights for other higher education institutions, and contributing to African knowledge creation.

     

  • 2. Climate change resilience Open or Close

    At less than 4%, Africa’s contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions is the smallest among all world regions. However, the continent is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to its high dependence on rain-fed agriculture, limited infrastructure, and weak adaptation measures. Enhancing Africa’s ability to adapt to and mitigate climate change impacts is critical for the continent's future.

    To address these challenges, many African governments and development partners are working to strengthen climate research, science, and infrastructure. As new research facilities, manufacturers, and climate adaptation solutions emerge, there is a pressing need for African talent to ground such efforts.

    • New bioengineering degree and research: Establish an undergraduate bioengineering program and research programme focused on climate change adaptation and resilience across various sectors.
    • Global partnerships: Form new partnerships with universities worldwide to bring climate resilience expertise to Ashesi, especially in agricultural resilience.
    • Climate change curriculum: Integrate climate change awareness into our core curriculum and all academic programs, similar to our approach with ethics.
    • Climate Innovation Centre: Continue our work with the goal of incubating 240 businesses focused on climate adaptation and resilience solutions.
    • Environmental stewardship: Improve our campus's energy footprint to rely on 60% solar energy, demonstrating good environmental practices.

     

     

  • 3. Healthcare & medical science Open or Close

    The COVID-19 pandemic exposed Africa’s vulnerabilities and underscored the urgent need for investment in science, health research, infrastructure, and workforce development. We aim to bolster the continent's scientific and healthcare leadership to contribute to reducing this vulnerability. We also aim to support more healthcare tech and support startups that will develop public health interventions, increase access, and contribute to a healthier Africa.

    • Bioengineering talent pipeline: Through our Bioengineering undergraduate program, we will build talent and grow research in support of Africa’s emerging science and healthcare research infrastructure.
    • Public health and healthcare innovation: We will increase partnerships and initiatives to help develop new public health interventions, solutions, and start-ups.
    • Biomedical research funding: Increase funding and support for biomedical research within our Engineering program for both students and faculty.

     

     

  • 4. Africa's 4th industrial revolution Open or Close

    Fourth Industrial technologies hold the potential to help Africa address some of its most pressing challenges, from agriculture and food security to financial inclusion and energy access. To fully harness this potential, the continent must invest in developing a skilled workforce collaborating across various industries and stakeholders.

    In our third decade we will intensify efforts towards achieving this, including new teaching and research efforts in engineering, data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. By continuing to invest in these cutting-edge technologies and the talent to drive them, Ashesi is preparing Africa for a future where innovation and technology are at the forefront of social and economic development.

     

    • Teaching intelligent computing systems: Establish a postgraduate degree in Intelligent Computing Systems to strengthen leadership in Computer Science and technology within African academia and industry.
    • Mechatronics engineering programme expansion: Extend our current postgraduate program in Mechatronics Engineering and introduce a similar undergraduate degree to boost automation and production talent in Africa.

     

  • 5. Africa's manufacturing potential Open or Close

    To unlock Africa’s manufacturing potential, the continent must develop a skilled workforce with expertise in modern manufacturing technologies such as automation, robotics, and digitalization. Additionally, this workforce must be adaptable, with a commitment to lifelong learning and skills development to keep pace with a rapidly evolving manufacturing landscape. Through a set of initiatives and partnerships, Ashesi is growing its work in fostering the skills and knowledge necessary to drive innovation and growth in African manufacturing.

    • Undergraduate mechatronic engineering program: Build on our postgraduate mechatronic engineering programme and introduce an undergraduate major as well to increase talent in automation and production.
    • Professional MBA Program: Introduce a professional Master's in Business Administration program to provide business leadership training for emerging managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs. 
    • Increase context-relevant expertise and experiences through industry partnerships: Strengthen connections between industry and Ashesi’s community, bringing real-world examples into classrooms and helping students and faculty understand and contribute to manufacturing opportunities.

     

     

  • 6. African free trade Open or Close

    The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to create the world's largest single market, with over 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of over $2.5 trillion. This initiative will enhance regional integration, strengthen Africa's global bargaining power, and improve living standards across the continent. Higher education institutions will play a key role in this effort, contributing to Pan-Africanism through enrolment and collaboration, engaging in research and teaching to support effective policymaking, and educating entrepreneurs to grow local enterprise.

    • New Economics major: Launch an Economics major to teach students how to build and sustain effective business and economic growth in Africa.
    • Law and public policy program: Introduce a Law and Public Policy program to prepare students to engage with the public sector and shape policies for a more connected Africa.
    • Increase Pan-African enrolment: Grow our international student population from 18% to at least 30% to foster Pan-Africanism and cultural awareness.
    • Support scalable African businesses: Fund and support students and alumni in creating scalable businesses to serve Africa's growing markets