During a period of seven-weeks, participants in the Davidson Summer Program in Kumasi will be immersed in modern and traditional Ghanaian life. The program includes two Davidson credits, a service project, and excursions into other regions of Ghana. Ghanaian professors and artists will teach all classes. Prof. Laurian Bowles is the Program Director and will be the Resident Director in the summer of 2019.
As one of Africa’s most beautiful and progressive countries, Ghana is a democracy with a multiparty political system. Slightly smaller than the state of Oregon, the average temperature in this West African country ranges between 70 and 90 degrees. While Ghana is a multi-ethnic nation, most of its 18 million people belong to six ethnic groups. The country is divided into ten regions, each of which is governed by a minister and has its own legislative assembly.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is located in the suburbs of Kumasi, the capital city of the Ashanti Region. Established by the country’s first president, the idyllic campus has solar powered contemporary buildings and architecture as well as tropical flora and beautiful lawns just ten minutes from the central business district of the city. With approximately undergraduate 20,000 students enrolled in thirty majors, as well as graduate programs and a medical school. KNUST has a vibrate campus with taxi services, groceries, several restaurants and a mall.
Kumasi, also known as the Garden City for its sprawling landscapes and public parks and has historic sites that include the palace residence of the Ashanti royal family, the largest open-air market in West Africa, and numerous wildlife sanctuaries and parks. An easily accessible metropolis with shopping malls and a vibrant nightlife, Kumasi is a major center for commercial, educational, and cultural activities as well a robust manufacturing sector in gold and cocoa production.