Ashesi secures GH 300,000 scholarship deal with Old Mutual

Old Mutual Emerging Markets (part of Old Mutual PLC), and through its subsidiary Old Mutual Ghana, has signed a partnership with Ashesi University College to provide approximately GH₵300,000 in scholarship funding to students.

Under the partnership, Old Mutual will help fund the tuition costs for selected students at Ashesi, and provide skills training through internships with the organisation.

Old Mutual has been operating in Ghana since 2013, and is part of the Old Mutual Group which provides life assurance, asset management, banking and general insurance to customers in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. The partnership represents Old Mutual’s commitment to developing more social investment initiatives, with a core area being Skills and Capacity Building.

“In recognition of our broader responsibility of strengthening the communities in which we are an integral part and aligned to Old Mutual’s “ Responsible to our Communities ” pillar, that is central to our global Responsible Business approach, partnering with Ashesi provides a unique opportunity to positively impact the future of our society,” says Old Mutual Ghana Group CEO, Chris Kapanga.

“The bursaries that Old Mutual has provided will not only ease the challenge of academic fees for the students and their families, but will also assist in making sure that we play a part in shaping a brighter and a more academically enabled youth for the future.

They will in turn assist in the economic growth for our country. We intend to have selected students intern at our Old Mutual offices and possibly, include them in our future talent pool through trainee programmes. We believe this is the beginning of a truly mutual three-way relationship between ourselves, the students and Ashesi .”

The scholarship opportunity will be available to juniors and seniors at Ashesi who demonstrate academic excellence, and will run from 2015 to 2017.

“We are pleased to be able to collaborate with Old Mutual in this mutually beneficial project,” says Araba Botchway, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at Ashesi. “This is another great example of a university-industry partnership that focuses both on supporting Ashesi’s mission to educate exceptional leaders, while also allowing students to gain practical skills to create value and growth within Ghana and Africa.”

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