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Dear Friends - as 2017 comes to a close and we look toward 2018, and the start our fifth year in Ghana, Suzanne and I wish you a Merry Christmas, and a blessed and happy New Year.  

If 2017 has taught us anything, it is that happiness and blessedness are not synonyms.  We have felt blessed these past months even as we lost the last of our parents, and the shadow of grief cast over our lives.  Thank you for praying us through.   
Isaiah words "The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light" mean something new to us this year.  "Those who lived in the land of the shadow of death, on them the light has shined"  has taken on new meaning. We look forward to walking toward this new light. 
Thank you for staying with us on this journey as we all look toward following God's blessing of 2018, and where it will lead us.
May the Christ child be reborn in the cradle of your heart. 
Steve & Suzanne

The Elusive Charter –

Not so Elusive…?

Some of you may know that getting the engineering program accredited and up and running, and helping Ashesi get Charter, have been my primary “side projects” since re-joining Ashesi almost four years ago. I am happy to write that the engineering program is in its third year, and going well. Charter, however,  has been more elusive, an on-going, multi-year headache process.  

A Charter for Ashesi is more than taking off the training wheels; it means we would issue our own degrees (instead of another university "granting" them). A Charter means our final exams would no longer be reviewed and approved mid-semester, and again our competence in grading them checked after (a holdover from colonial days).  A Charter means having full control over our academic program, curriculum and faculty hires.  In the early days, this mentoring was helpful to improve the University; but lately, since we are already operating at such a high level of quality, it felt like a process we had outgrown. 

Student GatheringWhile the application for Charter was on-going, the student body grew 50%, half of the Executive Committee resigned, including the Dean of Engineering, and we lost both our remaining parents (including Steve's Dad in September).  Adding the general difficulty of living here (both of us had typhoid and malaria this year) these losses reinforced the feeling of isolation from family and friends. 

So, it is with much happiness that we read an email last week that said that the National Accreditation Board approved our application for Charter! You haven’t seen a big announcement yet because it is not yet official – now it goes to the Minister of Education and the President. We anticipate that you’ll see an official announcement and a “re-branding” of Ashesi University College as Ashesi University in the coming months. We also leave today on an African Christmas holiday filled with hope and joy that the coming year will bring more blessings for us all than just a Charter for Ashesi.

Many Blessings,

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Patrick Awuah, the founder and president of Ashesi University College. was awarded the WISE Prize for Education in November. [Click on photo to read more about it]
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