Finding perfect spaces on campus gets easier with growth

October 14, 2019
Take a walk through Ashesi’s campus, and you would often find students in small groups discussing a class project, or alone, head deep in their books or typing away on a laptop. If your timing is right, you may find students rehearsing for a class presentation, or testing a robot in the hallways for a research project.

 

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When the university’s permanent campus was being designed, university leadership had been clear on our philosophy: it needed to be designed around the spirit of community that defines us. From classrooms to courtyards, Ashesi’s campus needed to not only enable learning but also needed to provide spaces for the interactions and meetings that strengthened bonds and friendships.

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Set on 100 acres overlooking Ghana’s capital city Accra, the campus is now recognized as one of Ghana’s best. In 2015, the University’s residential halls won contractors a Ghana Construction Award; and in 2016, Ashesi also won a Best University Garden award. For the University community, the campus provides living and learning experiences unlike any other.
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“We like the fact that almost everywhere on campus could be carved into a new hangout space,” say sophomores Priscilla and Eyram, as they stop on the stairs leading to a newly completed courtyard, a preferred spot for catching up. “Once we find a quiet space and connect to the campus wi-fi, that becomes our new spot.”
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Other students have found that the university campus brings a range of options when developing club activity and events.

“When planning ‘Ashesi goes to the opera’, we explored campus for space that could help us engage with our audience, but also set us on a platform clear enough for everyone to see us,” says Sebastian Dakey ‘20, the president of the Ashesi Chorale. The group found this space in the Hive, a new recreation center on campus with accommodation capacity for close to 500 people.
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For faculty and staff, new campus infrastructure has also opened up long-desired spaces for work and recreation. The completion of the Professor Adei studio for Research Excellence in 2018, for example, brought new bounded spaces for faculty research. A new staff and faculty lounge also brings additional space to meet and discuss ideas and projects.
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“The quality of this campus is the work of a team that is inspired by a vision,” said Ashesi President, Patrick Awuah, during the inauguration of Ashesi’s campus in 2011. “This is the work of Africans. We have poured our hearts and our intellect into this project. And it shows.”

 

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