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Peer educators participate in Family Health
International HIV/AIDS training
Health International (FHI) is a leading global health and
development organization and has received a global fund award to
implement HIV prevention activities in selected tertiary
institutions in Ghana. The objective of this special project is
to train 350 HIV/AIDS Peer Educators nationwide.
Ashesi University is the first tertiary
institution in Ghana to participate in the intensive three-day
residential workshop organized
in collaboration with
the University Health Centre
at the Oak Plaza hotel between the 15th March and 17th
March 2010. In all, twenty-four selected Ashesi students,
including several faculty and staff members were trained.
Participants were given useful information on the basic facts of
HIV that they will share with the Ashesi Community during
planned outreach sessions scheduled to take place post-training.
HIV/AIDS Peer Educators benefitted immensely from the training.
One of the participants, Gucci Ben Boateng, Class of 2013 said,
“I personally feel it was a very intriguing experience which
provided me with a very candid perspective of reality. As,
humans we are very vulnerable to chaotic situations which can
ransom our lives forever. This training taught me how we
can avoid these dangerous situations.” Indeed, participants were
taught to go beyond their comfort zone and to speak openly about
misconceptions associated with HIV/AIDS and more importantly,
the prevention of HIV infection.
Ashesi peer educators are poised to deliver
HIV/AIDS information to the school community. Student peer
educators have already been chosen and are excited to bring this
free service to the community.
prepares students for the world of work
Saturday the 13th of March 2010, the career services
department of Ashesi University College organised a career fair
under the theme, “Skills with Humility”. The programme lasted
from 9am to 1pm and was attended by 34 companies, including CAL
Bank, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School, United Bank of Africa,
Serengeti Capital, MTN Ghana and Chase Petroleum. After opening
remarks from Ashesi’s Assistant Director of Career
Services, Mrs. Ophelia Sam, presentations were given by Mr.
of General Electric Corporate (“The 21st Century Work
Place: What it Takes to Succeed”), Mr. Rudolf Aryetey of
Vodafone Ghana (“Making the Most of Student Life”) and Mrs. Vida
Graham (“Careers in Banking”).
According to Joseph Amegatcher, a member of the graduating
class, the companies that
did a great job of interacting with the students, Rancard
Solutions and Axis Human Capital in particular.
Freshman Nii Okai Nunoo appreciated the broad nature of the
topics covered at the fair. “Though not much attention was given
to freshmen when it came to internship positions, we were all
given an equal opportunity to broaden our scope on career
opportunities,” he said.
event also included a quiz on career-related issues with prizes
going to the top performing students. Attendees were tested on
topics such as the critical elements of a CV, how one should
structure a cover letter and more.
Mame Serwah Saifah (Class of 2012) was the lucky winner
of the top prize: a three month internship with TiGO, a GHC300
stipend and a TiGO phone loaded with GHC30 in credit.
prizes comprised of
Allure aromatherapy gift vouchers, an Allure Man smoothie
package and a GHC200 cash prize from Chase Petroleum were won by
2nd and 3rd prize winners Adeyemi Temitope
Adetuwo (Class of 2013) and Solomon Kwofie (Class of 2011).
competition to help build libraries
Four students from Ashesi’s Class of 2012 — Maame
Abena Owusu-Acheaw, Diana Dayaka Osei, Isaac Bruce and Nana Yaw
Nketiah — entered the Dell Social Innovation Competition with a
plan to build a network of small libraries throughout Ghana.
The Dell Social Innovation Competition is a partnership between
Dell and the University of Texas that gives university students
all over the world the opportunity to attempt to solve a social
problem of their choice. As part of the four-stage competition,
the winning students will receive a cash prize of $50,000 to
help them launch their idea.
Unfortunately too few children in Ghana today have the
opportunity to read. Books are not readily available in many
communities and even in many schools.
The Ashesi team's entry into the Dell Social Innovation
Competition proposes to work with the Ghana Library Board to
establish small, one-room libraries throughout the country.
Group members noted that as children each of them had benefitted
tremendously from the opportunities which reading gave them to
exercise their imaginations. The team feels that developing a
reading culture in children gives them the opportunity to break
boundaries and discover worlds beyond those they already know.
students host Kaleidoscope, a festival of talents
Friday March 26 , Ashesi students put on a talent
show dubbed “Kaleidoscope” at Ashesi’s Building 3. The goal of
the event was to raise GHC 5,000 for the Student Endowment Fund.
The fund provides financial aid to students who are in good
academic standing but lack the funds to pay full tuition.
Tickets were sold at GHC 5 for students and GHC 10 for
non-students. Additional money was raised by auctioning
off clothing a jewelry designed by Ashesi students. The turnout, described as “impressive” by some
attendees, was a mix of Ashesi students, alumni, staff, faculty,
friends and supporters.
Kwabena Owusu-Adjei '10 and Sandra Osei-Poku '11 served as the
MCs for the evening and led the
fundraising efforts. The climax of the evening was a
collaborative red carpet showcase of outfits designed by
Ashesi students, Angelina Addy, Adwoa Asiedu and Elorm Fiagbe. The designs were a colourful mix of African fabrics
and contemporary Western styles. The hair, makeup and
accessories were provided by Ashesi students. Alumnus, Nii
Amon Dsane '05, remarked, “I’m really impressed by the
organisation of the show. I don’t think I’ve seen this many
people at any Ashesi student-organized event before.”
Officer, Anida Acquah '08, said her favourite “Kaleidoscope” moment
was freshman Edem’s hip-hop performance, “Vim”. Other
highlights included a step performance by Justice, an exchange
student and member of the Theta-Beta-Sigma fraternity in the
United States; a choreographed salsa dance by five couples; the
recital of a poem by Efia, a 2011 student; and the auction of an
abstract painting on the show’s theme, “Kaleidoscope”.
Koranteng Pipim speaks about making a difference
a lecture at Ashesi University College, Dr. Samuel Koranteng
Pipim discussed the problem of under-development in Africa and
challenged students to be part of the solution. He stated four
steps or principles that will aid Africans in their quest to
improve conditions on the continent. The first step is to know
and understand the problem. He stated that the problems in
Africa could not be solved without understanding what caused the
problem to exist. Second, he believes that Africa needed to grow
people to think outside the box. Dr. Pipim quoted a Chinese
proverb that said “if you want one year of prosperity, grow
grains; if you want ten years of prosperity, grow trees; and if
you want 100 years of prosperity grow people”. Dr. Pipim argued
that there was a need for Africa to invest in its human resource
and improve education throughout the continent. Third, he said
Africans should pursue excellence. He stated that the world will
only listens to persons who have excelled. Africans should not
settle for second best, but should always strive to be
excellent. Finally, Dr. Pipim argued, “Do not underestimate the
power of one, YOU.” He underlined the importance of individual
people in brining about change. Concluding, he encouraged
students not to underestimate their potential, saying that
students could improve their societies now; there was no reason
to wait until after school.
Dr. Samuel Koranteng Pipim, an African thinker, author, and
speaker, was trained in engineering and systematic theology.
Born and reared in Ghana, he currently resides in the USA where
he directs a campus ministry, serving students, faculty, and
staff at the University of Michigan. He has authored and
co-authored more than fifteen books, three of which are
best-sellers. His books Patience in the Midst of Trials and
Afflictions, This Is Love and Not for Sale have been a blessing
to thousands. His latest book is Healed Wounds, But Ugly Scars;
it deals with choices and consequences.
'man to man'
In the month of February, the Ashesi community hosted a series
of forums on relationships, communication and general
self-conduct dubbed “Man to Man”. The discussions were an
accompaniment to a similar session held last semester for female
members of the community. The discussions were aimed at
unearthing the challenges faced by males in relationships, such
as dealing with verbal abuse from a partner or maintaining
self-control in a heated discussion. The discussions allowed
students to discuss healthy solutions to dealing with these
The facilitators for the discussion included staff members Alex
Inkoom and Eli Tetteh, as well as faculty members Andrew
Nunekpeku and Anthony Essel-Anderson. The students who
participated expressed the general sentiment that the forum was
helpful and worthwhile. One student who took part, Akwasi
Amo-Addai, remarked that “It was really surprising the way [the
faculty and staff] were relating to us that night. It made us
able to open up and express ourselves better.”
The interactive discussions covered topics which some students
were already familiar with. “I didn’t hear anything I hadn’t
heard before but I was given a deeper insight on some of these
things,” said Christopher Crabbe, a first year student. “I
wouldn’t ever [hit a woman], but now I understand better why
not.” Other students commended Ashesi’s administration for
taking the initiative to organise such a program and expressed
their desire that “Man to Man” would become a regular event on
Construction begins at Berekuso
on Ashesi's new campus in Berekuso is well underway, with
construction companies working to complete excavation of the
foundations for the new buildings. Foundations are being
dug several meters into the ground in order to make room for
large water tanks that will be placed below many of the
buildings. The water tanks will allow Ashesi to harvest
rainwater from the roof for use by our community. When
completed we will have the capacity to store over 3000 gallons
of water on campus. Because of the rocky ground and depth of the
foundations, heavy machinery has been brought in to help move
At a recent
project team meeting, the leader of Ashesi's consulting team and
lead architect, Ralph Sutherland stated, "I believe we are
making good progress so far. Construction contractors have
been responsive and are on schedule to meet their deadlines."
Construction of Ashesi's academic courtyard, including
administrative buildings, classrooms, computer labs and library
is being undertaken by Kolatcon limited. The new campus
hostel facilities are being built by Krane construction limited.
Okantey speaks about leadership
President and Founder of NAPE Scholarship Scheme, Mr. Peter
Carlos Okantey, devoted a few hours of his time to speak to some
Ashesi students and faculty about the Importance
of Followers in Leadership on
Wednesday February 10th, 2010. He educated his
audience on the five (5) major styles of leadership, the
relationship between leaders and followers, and how to be an
effective leader. His presentation was interactive and spurred
Mr. Okantey used practical examples from Ashesi University and
from his organization, the NAPE Foundation, to illustrate and
emphasize his points on leadership. He revealed that the success
of the Foundation was largely due to the support given to him by
his committed team and followers. According to Mr. Okantey, in
any endeavour, leaders contribute 20% while their followers,
responsible for implementing the mission and vision, contribute
At the end of the event, the audience left with new knowledge of
leadership and an appreciation for the significance of followers
in an organization.
World Bank - IFC team visits Ashesi
University students, faculty and administrators interacted with
a team of World Bank and IFC officials at the university’s
premises on Tuesday, February 9, 2010. The team that visited
were led by Ishac Diwan, Country Director for Ghana, Guinea,
Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone and Liberia; Mary-Jean Lindile
Ndlovu, IFC Country Manager for sub-Saharan Africa and Kyle
Kelhofer, Senior Investment Officer.
The team first met with administrators and faculty; where
Ashesi’s President Awuah gave a brief overview of the
university’s progress and plans for expansion. He outlined
Ashesi’s focus on building an environmentally friendly campus
with plans to harvest rain water, use building materials from
the site, install biogas technology and the possibly of adapting
solar energy technology.
He said, "we are
excited about Ashesi’s success so far and continue to imbibe in
our students the importance of doing the right thing even when
no one is watching; the basis of our examination honor code".
early 2009, the IFC invested $2.5 million in Ashesi to enable
the university begin the construction of a permanent campus in
Berekuso, a village approximately 15 miles north of Accra. The
first phase of construction will enable Ashesi to double its
enrollment to 800 students. Ishac Diwan said, “Ashesi’s presence
in Africa is a strategic one because Africa’s in dire need of
leaders who are empathic, critical thinking and want to make a
difference—the very core of the Ashesi mission”.
Kyle Kelhofer of the IFC, could not agree with him more, “we at
the IFC chose to invest in Ashesi because of the university’s
great business model, commercial viability and its developmental
potential", he added.
team later met with and a cross-section of student
representatives for a question and answer session. Questions
asked varied from the disbursement of Millennium Development
Account funds; World Bank commitments; the structural adjustment
programs of the 1980s; the situation in Haiti and the role of
the International Development Association.
Mary-Jean Lindile Ndlovu reminded the students present about the
quality of education Ashesi offers them and the importance of
developing their critical thinking and communication skills if
they are to be successful.
Goldman Sachs continues to choose Ashesi students
year, four of the five students selected from Ghana to
participate in the Goldman Sachs, London spring internship
programme are Ashesi students. This will be the fifth year in a
row that Ashesi students have won the opportunity to intern with
one of the world’s largest investment banks—Goldman Sachs. The
students were selected from hundreds of applicants who applied
from universities across the nation.
The Ashesi students who were
chosen this year are Efua Quaye, Nasiru Braimah, Nana Yaw Nketia
and Derrick Crentsil, all second year students. This brings to
twelve, the number of Ashesi students who have had the
opportunity to intern with Goldman Sachs over the past few
The selected representatives from
Ghana will join some of the world’s brightest students from
across the globe at the Goldman Sachs offices in London. The
internship programme is designed to introduce excellent
university students from around the world to the workings of a
leading global investment, securities and investment management
Olivia Morley, of Graduate
Recruitment of Human Capital Management Division of Goldman
Sachs had stated “we continue to be impressed with the calibre
of students being nurtured by Ashesi University.”
Selected Ashesi student, Efua
Quaye, was overjoyed to learn that she would be participating in
the programme, “I believe the education I have received at
Ashesi has prepared me to take advantage of a great opportunity!
I am indeed excited!”
Ashesi’s Founder and President,
Patrick Awuah remarked, “It is very gratifying to see Goldman
Sachs engaged in Africa and Ghana. We are thrilled to see
Ashesi students chosen to represent Ghana, and we are confident
that the experience and networks that they gain at Goldman Sachs
will be of enormous benefit to their career development and to
students start campus recycling programme
On average, Ashesi uses approximately 8,750 sheets of paper per
week. A survey conducted on campus indicated that almost all the
paper used ends up being simply thrown away. What may not be so
obvious to most students is that by wasting paper they are also
wasting trees and impacting the environment.
Some students of Ashesi University have recognised this as a
major problem and have taken the initiative to start a recycling
project. The scheme was launched on Monday the 30th
of November and since then has been running on campus. Dubbed
the Ghana Recycling Project, its aim is to develop recycling
attitudes among Ghanaians, beginning with those in the Ashesi
community. The project will start by recycling paper waste and,
with the cooperation of Ghanaians and other sympathisers, there
are plans to move on to plastic, glass and other recyclable
So far, it appears that others on the campus are buying into the
concept of recycling. In an interview with one of the pioneers
of the project, Kwabena Owusu-Adjei of Ashesi’s 2010 Class said
“it broke my heart to see all that paper going to waste, knowing
it could be reused”. In his opinion the effort required to
sustain this project was a very small price to pay to save paper
and trees in the long run. Another student, Deladem Ladson, also
of 2010, felt similarly. “Seeing waste paper lying around is a
sign of irresponsibility,” he said. “It makes the environment
look unclean.” Expressing a sentiment which was shared by fellow
project members Phillip Alimo and Derrick Darkwa, both of 2012,
Deladem stated that he looked forward to an even greater
response from the student body over time.
The students have enlisted the help of Super Paper Products
Company Limited, a paper making firm, to assist them in the
recycling exercise. The company pays 27 pesewas for each kilo of
waste paper it collects. Members of the project were unanimous
in their view that the exercise was not about money, however.
Instead, they hope to make Ashesi University and, in the near
future, Ghana as a whole, a better place by saving as many trees
as possible. As more members of the Ashesi community begin
making use of the new recycling bins placed around campus, this
project is certain to receive the push it needs.
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