Kokrobitey Institute’s annual American University of Rome scholarship has been awarded to two students from Ashesi University. Miss Keren Mettle-Nunoo will be traveling to Rome in August this year to study in Rome for a semester as part of the exchange program. Kokrobitey Institute’s selection panel interviewed students from universities across Ghana and were most impressed with the caliber of students from Ashesi University. The two Ashesi students selected were Abraham Nantogma and Keren Mettle-Nunoo. Mr. Nantogma traveled to Rome in January 2005 and returned from the exchange program in May this year.

According to Dr. Patrick Awuah, President of Ashesi University, students from University of Ghana, KNUST and Ashesi participated in the competition. All seven finalists -and the two eventual winners-- were Ashesi students. The winners received full scholarships to attend the American University of Rome (AUR) for a semester, a roundtrip ticket from Accra to Rome, a living stipend and housing with a host family in Rome. Runners up were offered the opportunity to join students from AUR in the “Governance & Democracy Program” run by Kokrobitey Institute in January 2005.

Mr. Nantogma in describing his experience said, “Life is amazing living in an Italian city. Living with a British family and learning in an American University with students from all over the world, it can only be described as a truly international experience. It was a period of fun and discovery, all too short but a memory to last a lifetime.”

Ashesi University’s collaboration with the Kokrobitey Institute and the American University in Rome represents an expansion of Ashesi’s Study Abroad program, which already hosts students from New York University and Western Washington University.