For the first time since March 2020, Ashesi’s campus fully reopened for in-person activity and classes at the start of 2022. The new semester also brought Ashesi’s entire undergraduate Class of 2025 – which had a first cohort enrolled in September of 2021 and a final cohort learning of their acceptance in December of 2021. Representing 20% of applicants to Ashesi this year, the 345-strong class spans 20 countries and 117 high schools.
47% of our new undergraduate students were awarded scholarships to Ashesi, with 30% paying to pay zero in fees thanks to contributions from the University’s scholarship partners and supporters. 47% of the entire class are women, with the undergraduate Engineering class also having 44% being women.
Countries represented in the class are Ghana, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Eswatini, Kenya, Nigeria, South Sudan, United States, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Spain, Benin, The Gambia, Jamaica, Togo, Germany, Uganda, and Niger. Ghana Christian International School was the most represented school this year, with Akosombo International School, Wesley Girls High School, Presbyterian Boys School, Aburi Girls Secondary School, Achimota School, and Gashora Girls School also being well represented.
Despite the caution driven by COVID-19 and university safety measures, the Class of 2025 was able to participate in some traditional welcome activities for new students at Ashesi, including the student council’s calabash ceremony. The ceremony celebrates the cultural diversity of each year group and allows new students to connect with the larger university community. Speaking at the ceremony, student council President Tobias Woode ’22 encouraged the class to embrace new experiences, make new friends, and commit to making the most of their time at Ashesi.
Joining the undergraduate Class of 2025 this year is the pioneering Master’s in Mechatronic Engineering Class of 2024. The 26 students, selected from Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, will be trained in automation, production and robotics.
“Coming to Ashesi has been an inspiring experience for me,” said Miyang Miki ’24, who completed her first degree at the University of Yaounde in Cameroon. “I hope that I will be able to connect more with all the other people I am meeting here and learn from them, besides my main goal of developing as an Engineer with relevant skills for Cameroon.”
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