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Imagine if every Sub-Saharan African country had several small liberal-arts colleges, educating students at a level equivalent to liberal-arts colleges in the United States - colleges dedicated to nurturing critical thinking, effective communication skills, practical experience, and a true concern for society in their students. Such a development in Africa would make a tremendous positive impact on the continent. This is our vision.
The one characteristic that defines Ashesi students most strongly is leadership potential, as determined by strong academic performance, strong communication skills, a sense of purpose, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Ashesi's student body consists primarily of Ghanaians, but will become increasingly international over time. Students will be attracted from other African countries, and exchange programs will be initiated with schools on other continents.
Ashesi is primarily a teaching school, emphasizing practical application of theoretical knowledge, working through case studies, and undertaking projects for companies. Teachers' performance is measured by how well they embody the three core principles of Ashesi: scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. They are evaluated on the basis of their performance in the classroom, their contribution to their profession, and their role in pursuing development in Ghana and Africa. This is measured by their involvement with public policy agencies (such as policy think tanks and advisory councils to the Ghanaian government) and international development agencies.
Ashesi seeks to foster a community in which students of different ethnicity and gender interact equally with each other, discover their similarities, and learn to respect their differences. Ashesi University provides housing options as part of its efforts to enhance the educational experience of its students. By increasing opportunities for teamwork, enabling closer friendships and serving as a microcosm of a well-ordered community, dormitory life serves as an important venue for each student's personal growth. The university has renovated and opened a dormitory facility near campus and has established relationships with two privately owned
Architectural designs have been completed for Ashesi's permanent campus located in Berekuso, an area just outside of Accra. The design for Ashesi's future campus derives from Ghanaian vernacular architecture, borrowing from both the formal characteristics of southern villages as well as the special qualities of northern Ghanaian settlements. This campus design creates an environment that encourages social interaction and cooperation, and will foster a sense of community throughout the university.
Ashesi takes advantage of new technologies to enhance communication and to make greater educational opportunities available to its students. The computer-to-student ratio at Ashesi is currently three to one - a figure unmatched by any other Ghanaian university. All students are required to develop computer literacy and are introduced to basic computer programming. Our campus network enables efficient on-campus communications and numerous team projects, such as a microeconomic simulation game through which students learn about game theory.
In the near future, students may collaborate with international professors on independent project work through frequent email, fax, video, and audio correspondence. Online courses could be incorporated into the Ashesi curriculum and students may be able to attend business and technology conferences using electronic media. As new technologies develop, we will remain committed to exploring and optimizing use of such options to further strengthen the Ashesi educational experience.
Ashesi University is projected to be an operationally self-sustaining program, expected to break even four years after classes start. Tuition fees will cover annual operational costs such as faculty and administration compensation, rental and maintenance of facilities, and marketing and promotion. All funding for startup capital expenditure - including land acquisition, building construction, information technology infrastructure, and furniture and equipment - will come from contributions.
To indicate our commitment to making a private education affordable to as many families as possible, we will cover a minimum 5 percent of total tuition costs with scholarships in our first year of operation. We are committed to continuously growing the school's scholarship endowment in order to subsidize a greater proportion of the student body and thus achieve a diverse socioeconomic mix in Ashesi's student body.
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