Ashesi University College is aliberal-arts college and, just like most universities, it has a goal to impartknowledge in each student in order to give them a successful future and makethe lives of people much better. However, there is a unique and more specificgoal that makes Ashesi stand out from the rest.
This is its mission and corebelief, spearheaded by its president, Mr.Patrick G. Awuah, Jr.: “to educate ethical, entrepreneurial leaders in Africa”(“Mission and History – Ashesi University College,” n.d.).
The university aims to shape sucheffective leaders by having a multidisciplinary curriculum which ensuresgraduating students are well-rounded in various disciplines appli3e in variousfields of work. The university also nurtures the creative minds of its studentsby inspiring them to become critical thinkers and innovators. Students areintroduced to effective and sustainable problem-solving, especially in anethical manner, while still having a positive impact on the community aroundthem.Furthermore, all students are required topartake in community service as a prerequisite to graduating. From this, theylearn that true leadership is not just about barking orders and telling peoplewhat to do, but about helping your society and being able to serve (Lankarani,2011).The university teaches four mandatorycourses of Leadership in successive stages, starting from Leadership I andending at Leadership IV.
This is to empower students with necessaryprofessional, ethical, civic leadership and teamwork skills. In addition, theschool begins training students on how to be ethical and responsible, even inthe absence of others. This was especially demonstrated when the studentsthemselves enacted an honor code.
According to the university’s website sectionon the Honour Code – Ashesi University College (n.d.), the students pledge tobe ethical within the Ashesi community and during examinations in which thereis no invigilator present.