Ashesi made significant strides in 2017. From alums, to students to staff and faculty, members of our community continued to make impact in their communities.

From making a huge leap towards total carbon neutrality on campus, to renewing our partnership with the Ford Foundation to support community engagement projects, to our President being awarded the prestigious WISE award for education, 2017, indeed is memorable year to look back on.

Below is a collection of the stories that helped shape 2017

Ashesi duo win $20,000 grant to impact farming communities in Northern Ghana
In May 2017, the D-Prize awarded Moses and Sihle, both MasterCard Foundation scholars, $20,000, to run a pilot for their initiative. The focus of Tieme Ndo, which in Dagaari, a local dialect, means Push me up, is two-fold: to provide farmers supplies, at the right time, on credit, and also to help  make the farmers financially independent.
Affum Alhassan ‘17: A shining example for Berekuso
In June 2017, Affum graduated Magna Cum Laude, from Ashesi. Not only was he the first of his father’s children to enter and graduate from college, but also, he has helped set the bar high for the pupils in his hometown Berekuso.
167 graduates awarded degrees at Commencement 2017
Amid heavy drizzle and loud cheers, Ashesi celebrated its 13th graduating class at a memorable ceremony held in the Archer Cornfield Courtyard on campus this weekend. 
Overall, 167 members of the class were awarded Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration, Computer Science and Management Information Systems.
With $149,600 grant, Ford Foundation renews commitment to student-centered projects at Ashesi
With a $149,600 grant, the Ford Foundation has renewed its commitment to supporting the Fund for Service to Children and Youth at Ashesi over the next two years.
This round of  funding will help support more student-centered projects targeted at children and youth, or sanitation in Ghana.
Ashesi goes solar; makes significant push towards carbon neutrality
In November, Ashesi implemented a plan for boosting clean energy supply;– ensuring that nearly 45% of the school’s energy consumption will be supplied through solar by the end of 2017. By installing 720 photovoltaic panels installed across the campus, with a generation capacity of 200 kilowatts, the university took a huge step towards achieving carbon-neutrality.
WISE Prize for Education 2017 presented to Ashesi Founder, Patrick Awuah
The prestigious WISE Prize for Education was presented to Mr Patrick Awuah, founder and president of Ashesi University College, a private, not-for-profit institution that has become one of Ghana’s premier universities in little over a decade.
Ashesi juniors win two awards at International Genetically Engineered Machine competition
Coached by Dr. Elena Rosca, lecturer at the King Engineering school, seven students from Ashesi won two awards at the International Genetically Engineered Machine competition(iGEM) in Boston, Massachusetts. Using synthetic biology, the team engineered an organism to address the breadth of challenges caused by small-scale mining in Ghana.
Senior, Derick Omari '18, named recipient of Queen’s Young Leader Award
Senior, Derick Omari '18, has been named recipient of the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader’s Award, for his work in boosting IT literacy in underserved communities in Ghana. Derick, one of 60 awardees, was selected from a pool of over 4000 finalists from across the Commonwealth of nations. Read Story

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