Mentorship and Exemplar Development

The mentorship program is a highly engaging and customized management support for institutions committed to reviewing and implementing high-impact structures in their institutional systems.

It is designed to enable existing institutions with proven efficient systems to share their framework and blueprint of success with peers on the continent who seek to raise the quality of their outcomes. 

Systemic Change through mentorship

The mentorship program is a highly engaging and customized management support for institutions committed to reviewing and implementing high-impact structures in their institutional systems. It is designed to enable existing institutions with proven efficient systems to share their framework and blueprint of success with peers on the continent who seek to raise the quality of their outcomes. All institutions commit to building and maintaining student-centeredness in a system that produces highly employable and entrepreneurial graduates. Enrolment is for whole institutions or departments and covers program or curriculum development, faculty and administrative staff, academic and student services systems.

what we look for

1. The institution is recognized as a registered entity and is accredited or in the process of acquiring accreditation from statutory bodies in the country of operation.

2. The institution has an active institutional leadership team and maintains a positive public reputation and image.

3. The institution is set to grow, and access to dedicated mentorship and resource support from peer institutions in Africa will significantly support sustainable growth and improved outcomes.  

Contact the Education Collaborative at education.collaborative@ashesi.edu.gh to learn more or sign up below

The core of our vision is to develop exemplar institutions that are uncompromising in achieving excellence in quality student outcomes. And we are committed to raising the partnerships and resources needed to implement the change it would take to achieve that. With the mentorship program, we are building an incubator of sorts where engaged institutions commit to systemic change and get the focused support and resources they need to create and sustain it.
– Rose Dodd, Director, The Education Collaborative

Meet institutions in the Mentorship Program

Based in Niamey, Niger, African Development University (ADU.)’s mission is to prepare the Sahel region’s most promising young people for ethical leadership in the public and private sectors. ADU has been under the mentorship program since 2018 and has received mentorship from Ashesi faculty and staff under curriculum development, counselling and coaching, executive coaching, and training workshops. As part of the mentorship goals, in 2021, the Collaborative is supporting ADU to develop its entrepreneurship. The goal is to help ADU develop its innovation lab into a premier centre for innovation and entrepreneurship for universities in the Sahel region.  Learn more about the engagement.

Palm Institute is a private four-year liberal arts university college founded in 2012 to bridge the developmental and educational gaps between Ghana and the United States. During its mentorship, Palm will receive academic programming, admissions strategy support, career services development, faculty training, and student government support. Eight years after Palm Institute, the institution has reached a new milestone by enacting an honour system inspired by Ashesi University’s. Learn more about Palm’s honour system.  

Burkina Institute of Technology (BIT) officially opened in October 2018 in Koudougou, Burkina Faso. The non-profit 3-year degree institution aims to educate a new generation of leaders for Burkina Faso who use their technical knowledge to create business opportunities. They have received bachelor accreditation for its two unique curriculums in Computer Science and Electric Engineering.   

As a STEM-focused-start up university, BIT is participating in the Education Collaborative’s Systems Change Program – Employability Pilot to develop its career service systems. This is a pathway to improve graduate employability. Learn about the Systems Change Program – Employability

Kibi Presbyterian College of Education (KPCE) is a faith-based teacher training college in Ghana. KPCE seeks to integrate ethics as an integral component to deliver its mandate of training competent and morally upright teachers for social change in Ghana and beyond. To improve student engagement practices and empower them to shape their learning experiences, KPCE began an ethics and leadership mentoring journey with the Education Collaborative. Learn more about their journey

Why this program?

Exemplary higher education is student-centered, innovative, and continually relevant to the development needs of the continent. Exemplar institutions are uncompromising in reaching for excellence in the systems that improve their student outcomes. The mentorship program will develop more institutions into exemplars for the continent. The Education Collaborative identifies the partnerships and raises the resources needed to implement and sustain the change it would take to achieve excellence. Mentee institutions ensure strategic alignment and dedicate resources for the sustainability of the change implemented.

The program is designed to reflect the following:

  1. Build shared ownership: The deliberate, collaborative mentorship pairings build shared ownership of the transformation process at the regional and continent level.
  2. Foster trust, community, and partnership: The peer-to-peer approach fosters a sense of trust, community, and partnership among higher-ed institutions and stakeholders for the overall growth of higher education.
  3. Tailored solutions: The one-on-one design ensures context-relevant and customized approaches for each institution enrolled.
  4. Shared innovation: Engaging multiple institutions in the process means speedier transformation and growth in the overall higher-ed system.

Institutions enrolled in the mentorship program commit to a 3-year transformation plan facilitated by the Education Collaborative and lead by peer Exemplar partner institutions. Focus areas for change include executive leadership development, strategy planning, and implementation, and academic and non-academic student services development. Institutions also build systems for sustainability throughout the process, including structures to facilitate mobilization of resources and long-term strategic planning.