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Ashesi students teach business skills seminars to Liberian refugees
, 2008
Ashesi University students partnered with Mediators Beyond Borders to teach a series of one-week courses for Liberian refugees at the Buduburam refugee camp, which is located in Ghana’s Eastern region and houses roughly 35,000 Liberian refugees. Mediators Beyond Borders is a non-profit organization which works with communities worldwide to build the capacity to prevent, resolve and heal from conflict. Ashesi students worked with three organisations at the Buduburam camp: two former child soldier groups, Initiative for the Development of Former Child Soldiers (IDEFOCS) and the Voices Against Child Soldiers Association of Liberia (VACSAOL), and War-Affected Children Rehabilitation Organisation (WACRO) which works to rehabilitate children who were affected by the war.

Ashesi students helped to train the groups in basic computer application usage, accounting principles, business management, marketing and investment. The ex-child soldiers cultivate farms for subsistence and also engage in small-scale commercial activities. As such, courses were designed to help them develop new skills to scale up their businesses.  Participants in the courses were hungry for more information, gave very positive feedback, and expressed their need for more of such interactions with educational institutions like Ashesi University.

Now that the war in Liberia has ended, the Ghanaian government has started repatriating Liberian refugees back to Liberia.  The courses taught by Ashesi students were deemed such a success that Mediators Beyond Borders has offered to help Ashesi seek funding to support an extension of the programme next year. If funding for the project is secured, Ashesi students will travel to Liberia to continue working with the same organizations to provide skills that can help them in the difficult resettlement process. 

Class of 2008 Graduates
, 2008
On Saturday, May 24, 2008, Ashesi University College hosted its fourth graduation ceremony. Ashesi's President, Patrick Awuah praised the graduating Class of 2008 for the courage they exhibited in adopting an exam honour code, and he urged the newly minted graduates to remain daring in their quest for a more perfect world.

In a stirring speech, Class Speaker Anida Acquah declared of her class, "Today, we are not faced with the fears of our inadequacy but fear of the power we possess to succeed and to stir up change."

And Guest of Honour, Mr. Kofi Bucknor urged Ashesi to continue its work to help re-invent Ghana's educational system in order to produce a the kinds of leaders needed for Africa's transformation in an increasingly interconnected world."

Read more about Commencement 2008...

Ashesi hosts first Social Research Methods fair for undergraduate students
, 2008
On Saturday, April 19, 2008, Ashesi held its first ever Social Research Methods Fair. The fair which was a capstone event to a 12 weeks course, is pioneering new pedagogical standards for social science research in Ghana. The students whose works were featured completed proposals and multi-disciplinary research projects on topics important to the nation.

Topics included studies of medical care systems in Ghana, social and economic lives of female migrant workers, prevailing attitudes of Ghanaian men regarding polygamy, and the determination of the average daily income of 12 – 17 year old hawkers in the selected part of Accra. The 12 weeks course taught by visiting Professor Richard Douglas of Eastern Michigan University, USA, had students divided into small teams that developed technical research proposals or teams that actually completed small scale research projects.

“Ashesi’s Social Research Methods Course is the first undergraduate course ever to take this applied and field-driven approach to an introductory Social Research Course in Ghana. The works presented here are at par with standards set for courses at the graduate level” remarks, Prof. Richard Douglass.

The fair presented, in formal Poster Session format, twelve completed research proposals and eleven completed small-scale research projects. All of these efforts were conceptualized and executed within a 12-week window of effort under the direction of Richard Douglass who has been developing and delivering similar undergraduate research methods courses since 1987 at Eastern Michigan University.

Invited guests included officials from government, international and national Non-Governmental Organizations, as well as private business and industry. Sponsors of the event included Ashesi University, Graphicolor Limited and Xerox.

DreamOval donates to the scholarship fund

DreamOval Ltd. has made a GHC500 donation to the Princess Awoonor-Williams Scholarship Fund at Ashesi University College.  DreamOval, a software development company founded by five Ashesi alumni in September 2007, made the donation to honor the legacy of Dr. Princess Awoonor-Williams and to provide support for students who are struggling financially.  DreamOval CEO, Derrydean Dadzie explained the donation, “We want to continue what Princess did.  She always provided for those who were in need and helped those who wanted to acquire knowledge.”

Though DreamOval is just over six months old it is making major strides in the Ghanaian software industry.  With a mission to provide e-business solutions to enhance businesses in the financial sector, DreamOval has developed a suite of products that are gaining attention throughout the market.

DreamOval products include Outreach, i-Wallet, and Global Virtual Stock Exchange (GVSX).  Outreach is a communications solution that enables enterprises to utilize SMS and Email for business-critical communication and relationship management. Customers include Ghana Home Loans, Ashesi University College and CAL Brokers.  i-Wallet is an online payment solution that allows customers to make purchases electronically. i-Wallet is currently undergoing a community technical review and plans to launch in November 08.  GVSX is an online portfolio management application that lets investment companies allow their clients to manage investment accounts online.

Ashesi would like to thank the DreamOval team for their generous support and wish them continued success in their entrepreneurial venture.

Ashesi launches Alumni Association

Friday, March 28, 2008 marked the start of another new beginning for Ashesi University with the launch of its Alumni Association and the newly created Office of Alumni Relations. Alumni from Ashesi’s three graduated classes along with the Class of 2008 were present at the event.

The Office of Alumni Relations is a service of the university that seeks to keep alumni connected with each other and with Ashesi through the provision of valuable services and resources. Sarah Mills, Class of 2007 and Ashesi’s Alumni Relations Officer, remarked, “Alumni should care about the future of their alma mater and it’s next generation. Ashesi is business and our heritage.”

Members of the Alumni Association pay an annual membership fee that entitles them to great benefits such as continuing access to Ashesi’s library and discounts whenever they patronize the services of the Association’s Preferred Business Partners. Members also receive discounts on all Ashesi continuous education programs, social events and branded items.  In addition, Alumni will be given the opportunity to give back to Ashesi by helping with student recruitment, event facilitation and mentorship of current Ashesi students.

Dr. Patrick Awuah, President and Founder of Ashesi University presented a state of the university address and implored alumni to give back to the place that prepared them to meet their future. Dr. Awuah discussed the university’s plans for the near future and the role of alumni can play in ensuring continued success.

“It’s great to be part of this exclusive club. I feel like I am going to be reliving my Ashesi experience”, Kofi Baidoo’07. The event themed, “Footprints, think Ashesi, give back” was co-sponsored by the Career Services Centre and the Office of Alumni Relations.

Class of 2007 sets career placement record
, 2008
Breaking the record set by Ashesi Class of 2006, ninety seven percent of the Class of 2007 received job offers within two months of graduation, and the entire class received offers within four months of graduation. As with other graduating classes, members of the Class of 2007 found employment in a diverse range of fields.  89% of graduates were placed in West Africa, with 11% placed outside the region.  International placements include employment at Goldman Sachs London, and admission to graduate education at the London School of Business.

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