Ashesi receives Presidential Charter

Ashesi receives Presidential Charter

- Ashesi University College has been given the green-light by government to award degree certificates

- Ashesi becomes the youngest private university in Ghana’s history to receive the Charter

President Nana Akufo-Addo has granted a Presidential Charter to Ashesi University College, making it an independent degree-granting institution.

The Charter will be formally presented to Ashesi at the University’s 2018 Graduation Ceremony.

Ashesi receives Presidential Charter

Aerial view of Ashesi University

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A letter signed by the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, Prof Kwesi Yankah, said the Charter was granted after a thorough assessment of the University’s facilities and qualifications by the National Accreditation Board.

The Board declared in its report to the Education Ministry that the Institution was ready “for independence from the University of Cape Coast, with which it has been affiliated.”

After a rigorous review of the university’s teaching and learning infrastructure, curriculum, finances, staff qualifications and governance, the National Accreditation Board presented a report to the Ministry of Education endorsing Ashesi’s readiness,” the letter read.

The development will come as welcome news to the University, which submitted its application for Presidential Charter in January 2016 and was initially assured by then Deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa that it would be granted the Charter before the end of that year.

Ashesi receives Presidential Charter

Patrick Awuah Jr, Founder of Ashesi University

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A statement on the University’s website said “the Presidential Charter is recognition of the University’s quality, strength, and impact on higher education in Ghana and beyond. ”

Ashesi becomes the youngest private university in Ghana’s history to receive the Charter.

A Charter is also a sign of recognition that a university has consistently met quality check and requirements, and no longer needs to be directly supervised.

Ashesi has been celebrated in Ghana and around the world for its impact on higher education. In 2007, the founder of Ashesi University, Patrick Awuah, was awarded The Order of the Volta, one of Ghana’s highest national awards, for his exceptional contributions to Ghanaian higher education. In 2012, the University was ranked among Ghana’s ten most respected organizations in a PricewaterhouseCoopers survey of CEOs. In 2017, Ashesi also received the World Innovation Summit in Education Prize, one of the world’s biggest prizes in education, awarded by the Qatar Foundation.

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