Ashesi University was founded in 2002 as a non-profit private higher education institution located in the rural setting of the village of Berekuso, Eastern Region. Ashesi University is officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Accreditation Board, Ghana (National Accreditation Board, Ghana). Ashesi University (AU) is a very small coeducational higher education institution. Ashesi University (AU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. Ashesi is now recognized as one of the finest universities in Africa, with a proven track record in fostering ethical leadership, critical thinking, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the ability to solve complex problems. And in 2018, the President of Ghana granted Ashesi a Charter to operate as a fully autonomous institution; no longer to be supervised by a public university under Ghana’s accreditation system. Ashesi is the youngest university to have achieved such recognition, and one of five private universities in Ghana to have a Charter. International students are welcome to apply for Ashesi University.

General Information

University Name: Ashesi University

Nickname:    AU

Year Established: 2002

University Motto: Scholarship, Leadership, Citizenship

Country Rank: 4

World Rank: 4149

Academic Calendar: Semesters

Law School: No

Other Schools: Yes, Ashesi University has other departments including Department of Humanities, Business Administration, Computer Science and Engineering.

The University has other Centre, Institutes and Units including Ashesi University Foundation, Ghana Climate Innovation Centre, Climate Innovation Centre, Academic Planning Unit, Registry Unit, Sports Unit, ICT Unit, and Bursary Unit among others.

Accreditation: Ashesi University is National Accreditation Board, Ghana (National Accreditation Board, Ghana)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Association of African Universities (AAU)
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Global Liberal Arts Alliance
  • Council of Independent Universities (CIU Ghana)

Academic & Study Abroad Partners

  • CIEE
  • Coe College, Iowa
  • College of Wooster, Ohio
  • Connecticut College, Connecticut
  • Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
  • Fulbright Scholars Program, Washington
  • Goucher College, Maryland
  • IE Business School, Spain
  • Macalester College, Minnesota
  • Sciences Po, Paris, France
  • Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania
  • University of Angers, France
  • University of Minnesota, Minnesota
  • Wheaton College, Massachusetts

Major Funding Partners

  • USAID American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA)
  • Baker Hughes General Electric (BHGE) Ghana
  • Jim Ovia Foundation
  • Old Mutual Ghana Limited
  • The Africa-America Institute
  • The ELMA Growth Foundation
  • The Ford Foundation
  • The MasterCard Foundation
  • Tullow Oil Ghana Limited

Library Collection: Yes, AU Library

Trademark Filings and University Licensing: Nil

Degrees and Certificates Awarded: Multiple including Bachelor degrees in several areas of study.

Social Media: