As a pioneer in blending the liberal arts and sciences in Africa, Ashesi is recognized globally as a model for higher education on the continent. With a vision that African universities can lead the continent’s renaissance, we are reaching out to colleagues and partners in higher education to build an idea-sharing platform; one where university leaders and stakeholders can collaborate to harness best practices in teaching, management, and administration. The pilot Education Collaborative was held in June 2017, the second Collaborative in June 2018, and the third Collaborative in June 2019. These annual convenings serve two core purposes:
- Create a forum to connect and support institutions who want to build programs and curriculum around critical thinking and ethical leadership.
- Respond to inquiries from various institutions, both new and existing, about the “Ashesi Way” in a focused and thoughtful manner.
Staying true to Ashesi’s belief in hands-on learning, the workshop requires participants to actively learn, share and co-design approaches to promote the goals of their institutions. The 5-day workshop is packed with practical, immersive exercises.
Professionals from across higher education convene here, including university presidents, directors, faculty and administrative staff. Attending institutions are also diverse: the Collaborative has hosted public and private institutions, and institutions ranging from one to one hundred and seventy-five years old.
“The collaborative is unique, in the sense that it presents an opportunity to fill a gap that is existing in higher education conversations today,” says 2017 participant Dr. Alex Awiti, Director of the East African Institute at Aga Khan University. “This gathering, which is seminal and groundbreaking, model[s] upon some of the founding principles of Ashesi to bring together organizations of similar orientation and presents a new starting point.“
We are currently seeking to raise $255,000 to support three years of funding. Your support will enable the Collaborative to sponsor additional institutions from across the continent to participate. We expect to gain new insights each year to help us grow and share our impact exponentially throughout the continent.
Goal: $255,000 to support three years of funding
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