Ashesi’s growing impact
Ashesi impacts Africa in two ways:
- Our graduates successfully create progress across the continent
- Ashesi, as an African institution, is a new model for African educational and civil institutions
Today, Ashesi graduates are fulfilling a lifelong commitment to create progress on their home continent. Imagine the impact their growing numbers will have over the next decade.
93% of graduates have either received job offers, started their own businesses or pursued graduate degrees – within 6 months of graduating. This success rate is particularly impressive given that an estimated 50% of college graduates in sub-Saharan Africa are unemployed. Employers in Africa urgently need the combination of ethics, problem solving and professional skills that Ashesi graduates offer.
Ashesi’s impact by the numbers
791 students: In welcoming the Class of 2020 this fall, Ashesi’s student body is now the largest, and most diverse to date.
892 graduates: Since opening in 2002, Ashesi has produced 892 graduates, who are fulfilling a lifelong commitment to create progress on their home continent.
93% quality placement: Over 90% graduates either received job offers, started their own businesses or pursued graduate degrees – within 6 months of graduating.
+90% of graduates live and work in Africa: Over 90% of alumni are working to create progress in Africa. Most remaining alumni are pursuing graduate degrees in the US and Europe and plan to return to Africa.
20% international students: With 20% of students coming from African countries outside of Ghana, Ashesi is becoming a truly pan-African university. Our growing alumni network extends across Africa – graduates are impacting communities continent-wide.
2,000 graduates in the next decade: Ashesi’s student enrollment grows every year. In the next decade, 2,000 additional students will complete the Ashesi education.
Thanks to donors
51% of students receive financial aid
We take pride in the fact that 51% of Ashesi students receive financial aid and that 29% of our students pay nothing at all for tuition, room & board or textbooks.
100% increase in program offerings
Thanks to the launch of our new engineering program – with degrees in Mechanical, Computer and Electronic & Electrical Engineering – Ashesi’s program offerings doubled in 2015.
25% physical campus growth
In 2015, Ashesi’s campus grew 25% thanks to donor support. Our new engineering building features mechE, electronics, science and design labs, a student lounge and auditorium. Our new 96-bed dormitory allows more students to live on campus – thereby fully engaging in the Ashesi experience.
Seven ways Ashesi influences Africa
From sponsoring a well-attended national conference on ethics to pioneering workshops that are rolled out across Africa, to modeling an environmentally sustainable campus, see how Ashesi sparks change:
1. Improving Ghana’s public university system
From Ashesi’s founding in 2002, faculty from Ghana’s public universities have used Ashesi’s example to successfully lobby their government to significantly increase faculty salaries and to add computer labs, instead of teaching computer science on paper. Ashesi has a “no poaching” policy for faculty at the University of Ghana.
2. Changing government definitions of quality education
Ghanaian accreditation officials questioned the value of ethics seminars, community service and liberal arts courses for business and computer science majors. Now, the accreditation board has begun to urge universities to broaden their focus beyond narrow technical skills and include liberal arts and community service.
3. Sparking national conversations about ethics and ethics education
Ashesi sponsored a National Conference on Ethics, well attended by academics, business leaders, and the media. An impassioned writing campaign by hundreds of Ashesi students successfully influenced the national accreditation board to moderate their stand against Ashesi’s honor code.
4. Offering free professional development and support for African universities
Africa needs professors who can create design and execute research at a world-class level. Ashesi workshops, in partnership with global institutions, have trained faculty from across Ghana. Ashesi has also shared their best practices in university management and accounting with other universities.
5. Advising other start-up universities
Ashesi has begun talks with the Agha Khan Foundation, who will be launching a new leadership university in Tanzania, and with a group developing plans for a new university in the Democratic Republic of Congo. University leaders from public and private colleges in Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, and Haiti have learned from Ashesi’s curriculum, honor code and business model.
6. Modeling an environmentally sustainable campus
Ashesi presented its rainwater harvesting, gray-water recycling and biogas facilities to World Bank and IFC leaders. In a joint project with Carnegie Mellon, students integrated sensor technology with mobile monitoring to improve water conservation, a project suitable for other African universities or large health facilities.
7. Pioneering workshops rolled out across Africa
Ashesi partnerships have included working with Nokia to develop a mobile programming workshop later rolled out in other African locations, to partnering with Carnegie Mellon on a robotics workshop.