Past Events

2022 Ashesi Deep Dive 

Date: October 5th-9th, 2022

The 2022 Deep Dive offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate Ashesi's 20th anniversary on campus.

The Deep Dive offers a unique chance to step away from status quo sessions and directly into systems change work. Participants met with Ashesi University’s founder and the leadership team, students, faculty, and alumni who bring the school’s values to life. From learning about pioneering startups launched on campus, to delving into conversations in the classroom with Africa's future business and civic leaders, the Deep Dive offered an unparalleled opportunity to see how Ashesi is driving impact through higher education on the continent.

This event is designed for anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of Ashesi University’s work, impact, and opportunities for partnership. 

Meet the Presidential Award Winners

Date: June 21st, 2022 | Time: 8:00-9:00 AM PT / 3:00-4:00 PM GMT

The President's Award at Ashesi is considered the highest honor a graduating student can receive. Recipients each year represent some of the strongest examples of the outcomes of the Ashesi education and are considered among the student community's most impactful leaders. On June 21st, 2022, we invite you to a conversation with all three of last year's recipients - Edem Yegbe '21, Tamisha Segbefia '21, and Lloyd Teta '21, as part of reflections on 20 years of Ashesi.

Strengthening data systems for the pediatric unit of Ghana's largest teaching hospital; winning $50,000 in funding to build drone technology; leading the growth of a student-led startup accelerator. The President's Award recipients you will meet during this session will share diverse perspectives on how their campus experiences helped them develop the courage to act, in a session moderated by Ashesi President Patrick Awuah.

Attendees will also engage with the recipients and learn more about how Ashesi's mission to educate ethical and entrepreneurial leaders is being brought to life. Click to register below, and we look forward to seeing you!

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Changing how Africa’s youth learn: Come join our virtual session

Date: April 8th, 2022

Join us for a public event through the Skoll World Forum on our work to implement a new model for impact in African higher education: the Education Collaborative. 

The Education Collaborative is an Ashesi-led African higher education program to transform systems and improve student, institutional, and regulatory outcomes for institutions and stakeholders on the continent. Through its network members, the Collaborative has brought reforms to some 116,000 students in Africa over the last four years. Our goal? To transform education outcomes for 1 million students or more by the end of the decade.  

Moderated by the Mastercard Foundation and featuring representatives of Education Collaborative partner institutions, this conversation will explore how the Collaborative plans to achieve its vision.

Fund for Service Virtual Community Event 

Date: October 14th, 2021  |   Time: 9-10am PT/4-5pm GMT

Hear how four inspiring Ashesi students and alumni are deepening their societal impact and transforming their communities.

The Fund for Service provides structured support and funding to student-led projects in service to the community at large. The program began in 2015 as an experiment in learning through hands-on service, with a historic focus on serving children and youth. The program has now grown through three phases and launched over 70 projects - many of which continue today. Fund for Service projects often involve support for education and youth mentoring, while others explore innovation in sanitation, health, technology, and sports programming. Join us to learn more about this important program preparing students for leadership as they serve the community at large.

Hear about four impactful projects from the students and alumni who launched them:

Samuelle Asante '21

Kaniya Energy aims to use transformative technology to provide affordable, safe energy alternatives to ensure Africa acquires energy sufficiency.

Moses Yangnemenga '18

Tieme Ndo is an initiative that provides rural farmers with convenient and timely access to productive farm inputs.

Daphne Chebesi '22

Inspire for Peace supports the education of internally displaced pupils whose education has been affected by the civil crisis in Cameroon.

Michael Ansah '21

Hope Beyond the Camp is a film project which highlights the stories of Liberian refugee youth living in a refugee camp in Ghana.

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2021 Ashesi Deep Dive 

Date: October 4th-6th

In the midst of a virtual conference season, this year’s Deep Dive provided a unique opportunity to step away from status quo sessions and directly into systems change work. Participants met virtually with Ashesi University’s founder and the leadership team, students, faculty, and alumni who bring the school’s values to life. From learning about pioneering startups launched on campus, to delving into conversations in the classroom with Africa's future business and civic leaders, the Deep Dive offers an unparalleled opportunity to see how Ashesi is driving impact through higher education on the continent.

The Deep Dive is designed as an introductory event for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Ashesi University’s work, impact and opportunities for partnership. Target participants include (1) government, philanthropic, nonprofit, business, and academic institutions and (2) all those interested in the future of African leadership.

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Meet the Presidential Award Winners: Ashesi's most promising new graduates 

Tuesday, June 29th | 8:00-9:00 AM PT / 3:00-4:00 PM GMT

The Scholarship, Leadership & Citizenship Award, presented by Ashesi President Patrick Awuah, is given on an annual basis to three graduates who have lived out Ashesi’s core values during their time at the university. This is the highest award a student can receive at Ashesi and the recipients are always incredibly inspiring.

Join President Awuah on June 29th in conversation with this year's awardees about their Ashesi experience and future plans. Click to register below - we look forward to seeing you on the 29th!

Missed the event? Watch the video here.


Saturday, June 26th | 1:00-3:00 PM GMT

Three years ago, the Ashesi Venture Incubator (AVI) was launched as a pilot project to support enterprising Ashesi graduates with a one-year venture incubation program which also served as a national service opportunity for the fellows. This year, the AVI is proud to welcome 18 fellows. Join us for the official launch of this cohort.

Watch the official launch

Education Collaborative Annual Convening 

This was a 3-day activity-packed event to shape approaches in higher-ed and foster transformative partnerships among administrators, educators, development agencies and employers. The workshops, plenaries, panels, and innovation sessions were designed to develop institutions’ capacity to prepare students for successful careers, create and sustain entrepreneurship ecosystems, and rethink strategies for inclusive and diverse campuses. Learn more.

Ashesi's 17th Commencement Ceremony 

Saturday, June 5th | 11:00AM  GMT | Watch

Ashesi's 17th Commencement ceremony comes off at 11.00 AM GMT on June 5th, 2021, and will be the second of two virtual Commencement events to be held this year.

2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony 

Watch a rebroadcast of our Virtual Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020! #AshesiGrad #Ashesi2020


Ashesi Student Capstone Presentations

Capstone projects are an essential part of the Ashesi experience – something completed by every graduating senior. Each year, seniors work individually with a faculty mentor to design an entrepreneurship, research or applied project that allows them to use what they have learned throughout their time at Ashesi.  The Capstone presentations are both a chance for the students to demonstrate their academic understanding and intellectual application, and a chance for the community to celebrate their accomplishments.


A conversation with Patrick Quayle, Vice President of United Airlines

Ashesi President Patrick Awuah Jr. sat down with United’s Vice President of International Network for a conversation on the future of the aviation industry, opportunities for Africa, and the return of United Airlines to Ghana. Watch the video here.


2021 Ashesi Virtual Career Fair

Watch Ashesi's first virtual career fair with partners Tullow Oil Ghana, Hollard Ghana, Total Ghana and the University of Nottingham. Over 60 companies participated in the virtual fair this year.


Africa Future Summit: Digital Edition

Listen to Jewel Thompson's (Assistant Lecturer, Ashesi University, and Incubator Manager, Ashesi Venture Incubator) address on 'Beyond the Market: The Elevation of African Women in Business', as she joins the Africa Future Summit as a keynote speaker.


Announcement: Planned Masters Degree Program with ETH Zurich

Ashesi University and ETH Zurich in Switzerland publicly announced a planned partnership to start a unique joint Master's Degree Programme in Engineering here in Ghana. The announcement was made during a virtual event celebration. Watch the take-off event here.

From Berkeley to Berekuso

Thursday, October 8th: 9-10:00 am PT / 4-5:00 pm GMT | Digital

Ashesi President Patrick Awuah and UC Berkeley's Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer Rich Lyons had a  discussion on phase change and measuring what matters in education (and impact!) as Ashesi looks to its next decade of growth. 

July 2020 | Virtual Event

Executive Team Fireside Chat

Hear from Ashesi’s leadership team about the work thus far to steward student learning during the pandemic and prepare for the long-term impacts from COVID-19. 

April 2020 | Virtual Event

Giving Voice to Values: Corruption in International Development

In this participatory session, guests joined an Ashesi University Giving Voice to Values (GVV) workshop before learning more from our host and other participating Ashesi alumni about how this course fits into Ashesi’s curriculum.

September 2019  |  New York, NY

Climate Week NYC 2019: Africa's Climate Innovators: Drivers of Inclusive Green Growth

The Ghana Climate Innovation Center (GCIC) at Ashesi University welcomed climate influencers, businesses with commitments to the SDGs, impact investors, philanthropists for a discussion on Africa's climate innovators. 

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