Ashesi University Mechanical Engineering graduate Trish Maduche ’22 is one of 35 finalists for the first global cohort of McCall MacBain Scholars at McGill University in Canada.
Ashesi University was one of 65 universities invited to participate in the global call for candidates.
Trish will attend the final round of interviews in Montréal, Canada, from March 8 to 12, meeting with leaders from academia, business, government, and the social sector. The scholarship program covers travel costs for final interviews.
Up to 10 international McCall MacBain Scholars will be selected after final interviews. If not selected as a scholar, she is eligible to receive a $10,000 or $20,000 Finalist Award for studies at McGill.
A Bioengineering student team from Ashesi University has won Silver at the 2022 International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation (iGEM) competition in Paris, France. Building on previous iGEM team research at Ashesi, the 2022 team designed a biosensor that can detect the presence of gold in land and make prospecting more efficient. By doing so, the project broadly sought to reduce cost, land degradation and the loss of lives during the gold mining process. Along with the silver medal, the team also won the Impact Grant and Biosecurity Grant from iGEM.
The Ashesi team comprised Ashesi students Michael Boateng ’22, Trish Maduche ’22, Rosemond Tawiah ’22, Edith Boakye ’23, Vera Bordah ’22, Gideon Bonsu ’23, Elijah Boateng ’23, Leeroy Magora ’25; and visiting students from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Sandra Acquah and Betty Essien. The Ashesi team also collaborated with colleagues from Goethe University in Germany, Exeter in the United Kingdom, and Stony Brook University in the USA.
What do the Alley Bar, TreeHouse Restaurant, Nyaniba Market, and Aphro Spirits have in common? They are all businesses co-founded by Ashesi alumnus Kojo Bucknor. Over the past three years, the enclave of hospitality businesses has emerged in Osu and is fast becoming a thriving destination for young people in Ghana’s capital city Accra. Co-founder and Ashesi alumnus Kojo Bucknor shares his story as one of the two entrepreneurs building this new hotspot.
Kojo started his career at General Electric (GE) after graduating from Ashesi in 2012, among a pioneer group of alumni the company had recruited in its earliest days in Ghana. This allowed him to be involved in many significant projects within the organisation. Within a year, his work had expanded beyond West Africa to project development across sub-Saharan Africa
Samuelle Asante ’21 had a foolproof plan after high school, which did not include studying Business Administration at Ashesi. Her goal was to choose law as a major and work towards becoming a lawyer someday. What she thought was a foolproof plan changed. Instead, she, with her parents, decided on a Business Administration major in Ashesi.
This change, her new reality, took some adjusting. In the first few months of the first year, her interest in entrepreneurship piqued. She came to love her Foundation of Design and Entrepreneurship (FDE) course, which helped her unearth her drive for entrepreneurship.
In her first year at Ashesi, like several students at Ashesi, Samuelle Asante ’21 caught the entrepreneurship bug. The Design Thinking and Entrepreneurship class required for all students had helped her uncover a drive for problem-solving. Even though she had to do some adjusting from her original plan to study law and be a legal professional, she found herself enjoying her classes as a Business Administration student at Ashesi.
Ashesi University and ETH Zurich in Switzerland, together with industry partners, are developing a Master’s programme in engineering that will be taught in Ghana by faculty of both universities. Once all aspects are approved, and the programme is started, graduating students will receive both a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Ashesi and a Master of Advanced Studies degree from ETH Zurich.
Thanks to an increasing network of partners, students at Ashesi get to experience learning around the world, while the university also welcomes many others to experience living and learning in Ghana. Last year, about twelve Ashesi students participated in different programs with Swarthmore University, University of Connecticut, Malardalen University, IE Busines School, among others.