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Ashesi Writing Centre started to support student writing
December
, 2007

The Ashesi Writing Centre (A.W.C), is a new initiative to improve writing and communication skills of Ashesi students. Directed by Prof. Molara Yetunde Ogundipe the Writing Centre is located in the TALIF Computer Laboratory and provides members of the Ashesi community with one-on-one assistance with their writing. Tutors include employees of the university as well as 3rd and 4th year students who have excelled in Ashesi’s writing-intensive courses.  Assistance may take the form of anything from brainstorming to basic editing.

Alison Cohen, a tutor at the A.W.C. who graduated from Harvard University in the United States with a degree in Sociology, says she learned about Ashesi when a friend transferred to the school.  After she learned about the Writing Centre she decided to apply for a job as a writing tutor and was hired.  Alison has always been inspired by Ghanaian development as defined by Ghanaians themselves and relishes the opportunity to participate in a high impact project like Ashesi. “My skill set is an excellent match for what I do here at Ashesi and I find it a very welcoming place,” she adds. 

Another Writing Centre tutor, Eli Tetteh, a graduate of Vanderbilt University in the United States with a major in English Creative Writing, says he loves what he does at the A.W.C.  “I wish students would come in earlier and more often,” he says. 

So far patronage of the Writing Centre has been high and students are enjoying the added support for their writing assignments.  A sign-up system has been instituted so students can reserve time with tutors in advance.  Afua Biney, Class of 2011 states, “The Writing Centre helps us think through the entire process of writing, from developing ideas to correcting grammar.  You can come to the Writing Centre with nothing and come away with good start to your project.”

US Embassy staff raise funds for Ashesi Scholarship Fund
December
, 2007

On Saturday, December 1, 2007, Ashesi University students and staff came together with employees of the American Embassy and the Canadian High Commission, Ghana, to raise scholarship funds to support student tuition. This new initiative, a benefit walk/run dubbed “Dollars for Scholars,” was organized by Luis Mendez, a member of the consular staff at the American Embassy. According to Mendez he learned about Ashesi University through students he interviewed at the embassy. “During my time here in Ghana I have interviewed over 12,000 people and Ashesi students really stood out.  I was particularly struck by their ability to think critically and went to visit the school” he said. “I was impressed by what I saw and heard so I decided to help raise funds for the university by getting my friends involved.”

 

It was a fun day for all who attended the event. Participants had the option of walking 5km or running 10km. Among these runners/walkers were the President of Ashesi University, Dr. Patrick Awuah and the Canadian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. David Stockwell. Participants had the opportunity to make new friends as they shared their experiences about Ghana, Ashesi, and life in general. One participant remarked, “this sure has been a great way to spend a Saturday morning! I feel like I’m contributing to something to help others.”  Mr. Luis Mendez and his family graciously served participants breakfast.


The event helped raised approximately GHC1,000 ($1,000) for the university’s scholarship fund.   Currently, close to 50% of Ashesi students receive financial aid or scholarships from the university. Students are selected based on need, academic merit and leadership potential.

 

Click here to see more pictures from the event on Ashesi's Flickr site.

Dean of UC Berkeley business school teaches at Ashesi
November
, 2007

From the 19th through the 23rd of November, 2007, Ashesi University played host for the second time to Bank of America Dean of the Haas School of Business, Tom Campbell. Dean Campbell taught “Industrial Organization” to a class of twenty-five, at Ashesi. Industrial Organization is a branch of economics that deals with how companies compete with each other. This week-long class consisted of current students of the university, alumni and some faculty members. 

Dean Campbell taught the fundamental economic premises of industrial organization and regulated industries while making reference to national and international legal rules governing cartels and monopolies. In this fun and interactive class, the professor employed examples from the United States whiles his students shared Ghanaian examples. At the end of the one-week course, Dean Campbell remarked “The class was exceptionally bright and shared lots of world experience that allowed us to apply theory to life.”

The first course Dean Campbell taught at Ashesi was "Constitutional Law" in February 2003.

Networking event for alumni and senior class
November
, 2007

On Saturday 10th, November, the Ashesi Career Services and the office of the Dean of Student Affairs organized a professional networking event for the graduating classes of 2007 and 2008.  The event which was dubbed “Keeping Afloat in the Corporate World” was primarily to help the graduating class gain insights into professional life, and to develop some of the right approaches and mindsets necessary to confront the challenges of the working world.

The event was held at Alisa Hotel (North Ridge) and started with a key note message from Mrs. Adzo Ashie, Dean of Students & Community Affairs. Then came the highlight of the event—group activity in which groups of facilitators, alumni, students and faculty discussed scenarios involving challenging situations in the work place and brainstormed practical solutions to these problems. Each group then presented their case studies and proposed solutions to the entire audience.

The event ended with a cocktail, which gave participants another avenue to interact and network. The alumni were happy to meet their old friends and to share their experiences with the graduating class. Facilitators—a mix of faculty and business professionals commended Ashesi for such a brilliant initiative.

Dr. Patrick Awuah, the President of Ashesi gave his closing remarks, expressed his delight at joining the senior class and the alumni in the spirit of the Ashesi family. He promised a separate meeting with the alumni in January 2008 to bring them up to date with the state of the university.

Ashesi hosts career fair
October
, 2007

The Career Services Centre of Ashesi University organized its second annual Career Fair on Saturday 22nd September 2007. The fair brought together 18 companies from 12 industries, a 67% increase over last year’s. The high patronage from these companies is an indication of the recognition Ashesi students’ have gained for their top-notch performance in the corporate world.

To Career Services, the fair is one of several programmes designed to prepare students for their professional life and help them learn to market their skills and accomplishments. To ensure the event was a success, the career centre organized CV clinics and information sessions on interviewing prior to the fair. Some students participated in mock interviews as well.

This year’s fair saw many new companies participate such as United Bank for Africa (UBA), Tigo, Metropolitan Insurance Company, MTN, Explainer DC, Softribe, Multi Media Consult (operators of Joy and Adom FM), IRS, IKANDO, Habitat for Humanity, General Law Consult, Coca Cola, Maersk Line, MediaBloc and Land Tours & Avis aptly accompanied by their Marketing Manager and Alumni of Ashesi—Ms. Ada N. Ojukwu.

Also several of Ashesi’s home-grown entrepreneurs were on hand to share their achievements and challenges with students. Alumni founded businesses included Dream Oval, an I.T. company, M.I.G. a clothing and technology firm and I-Wallet—also an IT firm.

“I was most impressed by the fact that I talked to people who actually function in their company and were open to share their knowledge with me”—recounted a freshman.

Nine companies made brief presentations highlighting qualities and skills employers look for in new hires and how our students can start a career with them. Students were enthused with most presentations and asked thought-provoking questions. Commenting on his interaction with students Mr. Thomas Hess—CEO of Explainner DC unmistakably said “your students are bright!”

The career fair was a good experience for both students and companies. Some students landed on-the-spot interviews while others were invited for future offers. Most companies expressed their willingness to return for another event. Everyone left satisfied and appreciative. For the Recruitment Manager of TIGO the event was “educative and an eye opener. The students are … intelligent thus trainable”.


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