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News from 2005
Jan-Mar |Apr - Jun

Ashesi awarded prize for the best university web site in Ghana
June 16, 2005

Ashesi University has won the award for best University web site from the Regional Informatics Network for Africa (RINAF).  The award was announced by Prof. Christine Kisiedu, faculty member in the Department of Information Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon and Chair of the Ghana National Committee on Internet Connectivity (GNCIC), which presided over the competition.

RINAF, the competition sponsor, is a program of the United Nations Education Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO).  In explaining the competition Prof. Kisiedu stated, “The competition was conceived to promote the development of web design programs on university campuses.  By creating an atmosphere of competition we hoped to encourage creativity and innovation among the participants.”   Prof. Kisiedu declared Ashesi’s website “a class apart.”  

Nine websites representing seven Ghanaian Universities participated in the competition.  Decisions were made based on six criteria, each carrying a top score of 10 marks.  Below are the results for the top three schools:

  1. Ashesi University, www.ashesi.edu.gh. - 54 points
  2. Central University College, www.centraluniversity.org - 42 points
  3. Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, www.knust.edu.gh - 41 points

Clausen Centre sends IBD team to Ashesi
May 30, 2005

As part of the International Business Development program, a team of four students from the Haas business school at the University of California, Berkeley were received in Ghana at Ashesi University, Labone in May 2005.  The International Business Development program is a global management consultancy sponsored by the Clausen Centre for International Business and Policy. The team travelled to Ghana to conduct research on the higher education market and how the university could attract exceptional students. The team was in Accra for three weeks and surveyed Ashesi students, secondary school students, and parents.  

 In an interview the team stated that Ashesi University was on its way to establishing itself as a “premier university in Ghana.” In view of this Pavan a member of the team stated, “Ashesi in the future would face challenges in attracting the best students in Ghana; it is our hope that our research would be useful as the university expands.” The team was highly impressed with the facilities of the university. Dana a member of the team described Ashesi as “a great idea! Ashesi should serve the community and Ghana as a whole.” Mani and Tara also described the university as having “right core values and principles and a potential for growth.” The team said that they were glad to come to Ashesi and experience what it has to offer, especially since the founder and president of Ashesi University was a Haas Business School graduate.

Ashesi student selected for "Excellence from Start" internship
June 10, 2005
 

Between April-May 2005 the best students from tertiary institutions across the country were invited to participate in British American Tobacco’s “Excellence from Start”, an internship program designed to engage the finest students from top notch universities in Ghana.  Over a hundred students were selected from across the country to compete for six positions at BAT.  Nine students from Ashesi were selected to participate in the competition that included an aptitude test and individual and group presentations to a panel of judges.

Adjoa Asamoah Tabi Asiamah, a third year Computer Science student from Ashesi University was selected as one of the six finalists. She is the only female among the selected six finalists. For six weeks, Adjoa and the other finalists will be exposed to all facets of the company’s departments and will gain insight into the inner workings of a major multinational company.   This is a very unique opportunity and will give Adjoa and the other students insight into the workings of a company that is competing at a global level.

British American Tobacco Ghana is a subsidiary to one of the world’s largest tobacco groups and has been operating in Ghana since 1952. British American Tobacco is committed to improving productivity in all areas of business as well as consolidating their reputation as a responsible tobacco company. Being seven-times winner of the non-traditional export award and two-times of the agro-forestry award, they offer a good record in training individuals in a multinational company environment.

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