Graduate College

Arizona State University and The MasterCard Foundation are partnering to prepare next-generation leaders in Africa through the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program. Since 2012, ASU has worked with the MasterCard Foundation to recruit students seeking to lead change and make a positive social impact in their communities.

Building on their success, a new program called Strengthening Institutional Linkages, led by Aryn Baxter, Jacqueline Smith and Alfredo Artiles, has teamed up with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana to award 150 master’s degrees through international accelerated degree programs in the 3+1+1 format over the course of six years.

ASU Graduate College will provide comprehensive support to students from the time they begin their career at ASU as an undergraduate student, through their graduate degree and graduation. This past January, ASU hosted a three-week seminar for six faculty members from KNUST as part of the faculty exchange component of the program. These faculty members will provide support and mentorship to the incoming MasterCard Foundation Scholars that will be arriving this fall. In addition, this three-week seminar has encouraged both ASU and KNUST to engage in mutual learning and explore opportunities for future collaboration and joint research.

Read more about the Strengthening Institutional Linkages program.

Pictured above: Emily Taylor, Program Manager, Center for Advanced Studies in Strengthening Institutional Linkages with Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology faculty and current ASU MasterCard Foundation Scholars