Nana Ama Akosa, Class of 2010 will receive a scholarship and travel expenses to attend Babson College in the United States for a one semester exchange programme, starting in January 2009. Babson, which is currently ranked by US News & World Report as the “#1 university for entrepreneurship education” and by Newsweek/Kaplan as the “Hottest College for Business” in the United States, has developed a partnership with Ashesi over the last three years due to a similar mission and teaching philosophy. Each year Babson students travel to Ghana to participate in a one-day business seminar at Ashesi and visit different parts of the country to complete community service projects.

Babson has gained a worldwide reputation for excellence in teaching entrepreneurship due to its innovative curriculum that requires all students to manage a business before graduation. Babson graduates have gone on to found and manage major corporations in the United States and Internationally. Babson chose to work with Ashesi University College because of Ashesi’s similar focus on ethical and entrepreneurship leadership throughout its curriculum. Similar course offerings at Ashesi with a focus on quality will ensure that the student participating in the exchange is well prepared for Babson’s demanding curriculum.

Dean of Babson’s Undergraduate School of Business, Prof. Dennis Hanno commented, “We are very excited to have the opportunity to host an Ashesi student at Babson College. We are sure Nana Ama’s unique perspective will have an impact on campus. We hope this is the first exchange of many more to come and look forward to more collaboration with Ashesi University in the future.”