The Office of Diversity and International Programs (ODIP) at Ashesi coordinates and promotes all external collaborations and partnerships of the University. The office also drives initiatives and programs aimed at advancing cross-cultural learning, awareness and acceptance of diversity and inclusion as a core tenant of the University.
As part of a long-term drive to open up our community to different people and cultures of the world, here is a growing list of partner institutions that will be hosting Ashesi’s students for study-abroad and cultural learning programmes this 2014/2015 academic year. We will keep updating this list throughout the year!
Coe College is a selective, private, nationally recognized four-year coeducational liberal arts institution providing superior educational experiences for students since 1851. Coe's residential campus is located in Cedar Rapids - Iowa's second largest city - and only hours from several major cities like Chicago, Minneapolis, Omaha, and St. Louis.
Coe prides itself on its ability to give students a personalized education. The average class size is 16, with a student/faculty ratio of 11:1. With more than 40 majors that range from accounting to art to molecular biology, Coe truly aims to offer something for everyone.
As part of our partnership, Ashesi students will get to spend a semester studying at Coe, while Ashesi will also welcome Coe's students to our campus in Berekuso for the same period.
Babson College is currently ranked as one of the best entrepreneurial schools in the world, and has collaborated with Ashesi on several business programmes. With an emphasis on Social, Environmental, Economic Responsibility, and Sustainability embedded into Babson’s experience, their students are taught to understand that economic and social value creation are not mutually exclusive, but instead integral to each other. The fundamental business skills and entrepreneurial mindset cultivated at Babson seeks to equip students to make a difference around the world.
As part of our partnership, Ashesi students will get to spend a semester studying at Babson and participate in leadership programmes at Babson, while Ashesi will also welcome Babson students and faculty to our campus in Berekuso for the Babson-Ashesi Business Programme.
Semester at Sea
The Semester at Sea (SAS) is a premier international shipboard study abroad programme that gives college students the rare opportunity to circumnavigate the globe and see how the rest of the world lives. Instead of the traditional study abroad programmes, where participants travel to a country of their choice, Semester at Sea participants spend sixteen weeks on board the MV Explorer, which serves as a floating campus.
They travel from country to country, learning about different cultures and taking part in community service projects in each country. Each Semester at Sea Voyage usually covers about 11 or 12 countries.
As part of our partnership, Ashesi students will get to spend some two weeks traveling with the SAS ship to teach its diverse student community about Ghana, and learn about different cultures around the world.
Since being founded in 1874, Macalester College has provided students the inspiration, insight and experience to become successful and ethical leaders. The university is committed to being a preeminent liberal arts college with an educational program that emphasises high standards for scholarship, internationalism, multiculturalism, and service to society.
This academic year, Ashesi students will get to spend a semester studying at Macalester, while Ashesi hosts students from Macalester at our campus for the same period.
With a curriculum unmatched among liberal arts colleges of its size, Swarthmore College offers more than 600 courses and undergraduate research opportunities, in science, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. Swarthmore inspired Ashesi’s educational model, and the College has contributed in helping develop Ashesi’s curriculum.
Since its founding in 1864, Swarthmore College has given students the knowledge, insight, skills, and experience to become leaders for the common good. The College is private, yet open to all regardless of financial need. It is also global in outlook, drawing students from around the world and all 50 of the United States.
As part of our partnership, Ashesi students will get to spend a semester studying at Swarthmore's campus in Pennsylvania, while Ashesi will also welcome Swarthmore students to our campus in Berekuso for the same period.
Doha GOALS Sports Conference
Founded under the high patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, the Doha GOALS conference is the world’s premier platform for world leaders to create a roadmap to build initiatives and partnerships for global progress through sport.
Various CEOs, government officials, NGOs and other key stakeholders in global sports will be present at the event to tackle the most pressing social issues through focused taskforces, that will enable constructive brainstorming and collaboration. Speakers last year included Michael Johnson, Olympic and World Champion sprinter, Roger Milla, former Cameroon football team captain, and Tony Hawk, X-Games.
For the second year running, Ashesi students will get to represent Ghana, and Africa at the conference, sharing insights on how sports can help drive change across the continent.