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Ashesi students teach business
skills seminars to Liberian refugees
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
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
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
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
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
DreamOval donates to the
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.”
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.
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.
like to thank the DreamOval team for their generous support and
wish them continued success in their entrepreneurial venture.
Ashesi launches Alumni
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
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.
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
“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
Class of 2007 sets
career placement record
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
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