Our Learning Goals: Skills for a lifetime

In 2010, our community - faculty, staff, students and alumni - came together to identify seven key learning outcomes that every Ashesi graduate must achieve based on the university's values. These learning goals guide our curriculum and co-curricular programmes, and prepare students for rewarding lives and careers. In 2017, we updated Our Learning Goals; adding an eighth goal, focused on Professionalism. 

1. Ethics and Civic Engagement
An Ashesi student is an ethical, responsible and engaged member of his/her community.

  • Demonstrates concern for others
  • Has the courage to be ethical and demand ethical behaviour from his/her peers
  • Does the right thing when nobody is looking

2. Critical thinking and Quantitative Reasoning
An Ashesi student is able to apply critical thinking and quantitative reasoning to approach complex problems.

  • Demonstrates skills in data analysis and modeling
  • Sees things from multiple perspectives
  • Has awareness of a broad range of concepts and ideas that have personal, local and global significance

3. Communication
An Ashesi student is an excellent communicator in a variety of forms.

4. Leadership and Teamwork
An Ashesi student is adept at leading and functioning in teams.

  • Demonstrates confidence and humility
  • Has good interpersonal skills and engages fully with members of a team
  • Is organized and able to plan and follow through on complex projects

5. Innovation and Action
An Ashesi student takes intellectual risks and demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit.

6. Curiosity and Skill
An Ashesi student is inquisitive and confident, has breadth of knowledge, and has attained a high level of mastery in his/her chosen field.

  • Probes deeply and continuously in a chosen field
  • Keeps an open mind
  • Shows confidence but never feels he/she knows it all
  • Demonstrates awareness of global and multicultural issues

7. Technological Competence
An Ashesi student is an effective and flexible user of technology.


8. Professionalism 

  • Honors contracts and commitments, and adheres to professional standards
  • Is respectful of people, time, and resources
  • Executes responsibilities with excellence
  • Takes ownership of his/her own development and decisions

 Steps to implement Learning Goals:

  • Faculty will include the learning goals in the syllabi of the courses they teach starting in January 2011. A course may not be suitable to train all learning goals, so faculty members should pick those learning goals their courses should best address.

  • Communicate to new students and faculty about Ashesi Learning Goals during orientation.

  • At the beginning of class, communicate to students about the learning goals and how they can achieve them through the courses they take.

  • There will be discussion about Ashesi Learning Goals with Ashesi Student Council and academic representatives.

  • There will be discussion with the student body during town hall meetings.

  • Evaluate the success of our curriculum, programmes and courses in training these attributes.