Educating a new generation of leaders

Ashesi is a private, non-profit liberal arts university located in Ghana, West Africa. Our mission is to educate a new generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders in Africa; to cultivate within our students the critical thinking skills, the concern for others and the courage it will take to transform their continent. Our vision: an African renaissance driven by a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.
Founded in 2002 by Ghanaian Patrick Awauh, Ashesi offers a four-year bachelors program grounded in a liberal arts core curriculum, featuring majors in Computer Science, Business Administration, Management Information Systems, and Mechanical, Computer and Electronic & Electrical Engineering. With an academic program designed in collaboration with some of the world’s best universities, and in partnership with local and multinational employers across Ghana, Ashesi has pioneered an educational experience like no other in Africa.

A unique curriculum, with proven results

  • A rigorous liberal arts core fosters critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills.
  • Cutting-edge programs in business and technology prepare students to innovate in their fields.
  • Leadership seminars, community service projects and a rigorous honor code foster ethics.
  • Real-world projects challenge students to create innovative, practical solutions to Africa’s needs.

Our graduates work for progress in Africa

  • Over 90% of Ashesi graduates live and work in Africa.
  • 100% of our 1,064 graduates have received job offers; they manage projects across Africa, develop new technologies and impact lives.
  • Graduates help grow local and international businesses, and start new enterprises. Many help NGOs serve more people and be more effective.

Transforming the lives of women and students from poor families

  • Ashesi has given $13M in financial aid to students in need.
  • 47% of students receive financial aid; 29% pay nothing at all for tuition, room & board or textbooks.
  • 48% of students are women.

Fostering diversity and harmony

Our 870 students, from 24 nations, have diverse economic, ethnic and religious backgrounds.

A leveraged, sustainable model

Since 2008, 100% of Ashesi’s operating expenses are funded by tuition, fees and other operating income, which totaled $5.25M for 2015. Donations help Ashesi grow, launch new programs and provide more scholarships to students in need. Our 2017 funding priorities are to continue expanding our facilities and strengthening our scholarship program. Ashesi is seeking partners to continue to expand our impact in Africa.

Broadening our impact

We plan to broaden our impact by growing to 1,000 students by 2020 and adding new programs, while maintaining our strong culture of ethics and critical thinking. Ashesi is seeking partners to continue to expand our impact in Africa.


Ashesi on PBS NewsHour