New year, new start: welcoming Ashesi’s new undergraduate and graduate students

In Summary:

  • Ashesi welcomed a diverse group of 397 undergraduate and 39 graduate students into our community in January of 2024, with 64% of students receiving scholarships and representing various backgrounds. 
  • Despite this being Ashesi’s largest enrollment, the University’s admissions process continues to be competitive, with new students representing 17% of applicants. 
Photo: Students in undergraduate Class of 2027 in an orientation session

Photo: Students in undergraduate Class of 2027 in an orientation session

January 12, 2024 – Over the first two weeks of January 2024, Ashesi welcomed 397 undergraduate and 39 graduate students to campus across various activities and sessions. The undergraduate Class of 2027, and Master in Mechatronic Engineering Classes of 2025 and 2026, were selected from some 2,600 applicants to Ashesi this year.

The undergraduate Class of 2027 was the first to arrive on campus, with move-in starting from January 2nd. The Class represents 20 countries, with transfer students from the Sahel region bringing international students to 43% of the cohort. Additionally, 53% are women. In keeping with Ashesi’s commitment to accessibility, 64% of the 397-member class also received scholarships.

Image: a highlight of some of the Class of 2027's statistics

The make-up of the Class of 2027, with 2% of members being persons with disabilities, also reflects Ashesi’s increased focus on expanding support resources for inclusive work, teaching and learning within the entire community.

“I am happy to explore Computer Science and be here in a supportive and inclusive community, and I hope to become a computer systems analyst,” shared Mathew Tuurozeeng ’27, who overcame significant setback to continue his education after a football injury required him to get a prosthetic leg. “Coming to terms with this physical challenge was a big deal, but I knew I couldn’t let it get in the way of my dreams. I have to show my siblings and people in my community the importance of pursuing an education against all odds.”

Photo: Mathew Tuurozeeng '27

Photo: Mathew Tuurozeeng ’27

Graduate students admitted into the Master’s in Mechatronic Engineering programme for both two-year and three-year tracks also joined the Ashesi community on January 8th. 61% of the cohort are international students, and 29% are women. The cohorts, like the undergraduate Class of 2027, interacted with and learned from different community members about making the most of the Ashesi experience.

“I learnt that one of my mates from University, Miki Miyang ’24, had gotten into the Master’s in Mechatronic Engineering program here, and I reached out to her to learn more about her experience,” shared Ramson Righanwi Dzembuin ’27, who decided to pursue graduate studies after working for a year as a Mechanical Engineer in his native Cameroon. “The diverse international community here at Ashesi is quite fascinating and is a big reason I am excited to be here. I look forward to connecting with people.”

Photo: Students in undergraduate Class of 2027 in an orientation session

Photo: Students in undergraduate Class of 2027 in an orientation session

As applications to Ashesi increase, the University is exploring new programmes and initiatives to increase opportunities for qualified candidates to join Ashesi.

“The applicant pool this year had remarkable quality, with students applying from over 40 countries,” shared Araba Botchway, Executive Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. “Ashesi’s African footprint is steadily growing, making the admissions process increasingly competitive. Though this enrolment is our largest, it represents 17% of applicants across all our programmes. We look forward to seeing how our new students strengthen our community and hope to enrol more qualified students into Ashesi as we expand our programmes in the near term.”

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