Over the 2017 long break, five members from the Ashesi community, including four students and a lecturer participated in the College of Wooster’s eight week-long Applied Methods and Research Experience (AMRE).

Led by lecturer, Dr. Charles Jackson, students Maxwell Adalago’18, Constant Likudie ’18, Cynthia Gouanfo ’18, and alumna Anna Addei teamed up with students from Wooster Ohio, working in local industries in Ohio.

AMRE is a summer program designed to give students, from The College of Wooster, experience in the practical applications of mathematics and computer science which the classroom cannot provide. For eight weeks during the long break, selected Ashesi students join Wooster students and faculty advisors working at a local business, industry or agency, picking up real-world experience.

“It's an exciting and worthwhile experience: I got to meet and learn from several people; build rapport with your teammates, the clients you work for and amazing professors from The College of Wooster,” said Constant, who worked with the Western Reserve Group, as a technology analyst. “While I’m used to programming in the background, here, I dealt directly with the client, helping to improve my customer-client relationship skills and boost my self-confidence.”

For recent graduate, Anna Addei, the experience was a great introduction to life-after-college. “I gained invaluable experience learning to build relationships quickly with people from different backgrounds and cultures,” she said. “I doubt I will ever get to know any group of people as well as I got to know my teammates in just eight weeks. Also, as part of my team’s project, aimed at proposing public transportation systems, I learned to work with industry-level software, while delivering ready-to-use products for clients.”

In 2015, Ashesi and College of Wooster, Ohio, signed a memorandum of understanding, starting a partnership aimed at fostering mutually beneficial exchange programs between both institutions.

As part of the relationship, students and faculty benefit from a bi-lateral exchange program, training programs and workshops that will allow both institutions to learn from each other.