CIDE Graduate Student Profiles
Expected Graduation: 2019
Hometown: Cape Coast, Ghana
- M.A., University of Minnesota, 2012, comparative & international development education
- B.Sc. University Of Ghana Business School, 2002, business administration
Areas of Interest
- Comprehensive Internationalization
- Integration of International and Domestic Students
- Global Citizenship
- Intercultural Training
- Education and Sustainable Development in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Non- Academic Support for first generation college goers
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Theory of Change
- Financial Aid Programs
- Higher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa
- Youth Empowerment
My first encounter with international living was at the age of fourteen when I traveled by myself from Ghana to Botswana for my secondary education. The experience exposed me to diversity, education and development in a powerful and transformative way which has shaped my professional and academic interests till today. I returned to Ghana to complete my undergraduate degree and worked for eight years with the International Students Exchange Program (ISEP) a third party study abroad program as the Assistant Resident Director for their Ghana Programs. In 2010 I was awarded a Ford Foundation International Fellowship to pursue an M.A. in the Comparative and International Development Education (CIDE) program at the University of Minnesota where I specialized in the International / Intercultural Education track. I returned to Ghana right after I graduated from the U in 2012 and joined Ashesi University a small private liberal arts college where I currently work as the Associate Director of Diversity and International Programs. At Ashesi, I am responsible among other things for providing strategic guidance and leadership to all the internationalization initiatives of the university, as well as nurturing respect for diversity and inclusion as a vital institutional value, through policy, programming and advocacy. I am also a member of Ashesi’s implementing team of a $13 million MasterCard Foundation Scholarship Program designed for financially disadvantaged but academically brilliant students from across Sub-Saharan Africa. In April 2014 I was honored to be named one of 23 Rising Alums of the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development, in recognition of my work with the MasterCard Scholars Program and my campus internationalization efforts at Ashesi University. I am passionate about youth learning in every forms - international, intercultural, empowerment and academic and non-academic education and I have spent the past fifteen years of professional life in various senior administrative roles designing and implementing transformative educational programs to enhance youth learning, especially at the higher education level. I am currently on study leave to undertake this Ph.D. program hoping it will sharpen my skills and enhance my ability to continue contributing to the field of international education in Africa.
I am very interested in the theory of change model used in designing scholarship programs. I am particularly very curious to look into the expected verses real changes which occur with beneficiaries of such scholarships and the needed comprehensive support required to enable and enhance their ability to meet the expected change if it’s different from the real.
Book Chapter Contribution
Adjei, M. (2014). Internationalizing a private liberal arts college in Ghana. In L. Seawright (Ed.), Going global: Critical perspectives on multiculturalism, globalization, and English education (pp. 49-66). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Adjei, M. (2014, September). Relating and communicating across cultures. Session presentation at the Melton Foundation Global Citizenship Conference, Dillard University, New Orleans, U.S.A.
Adjei, M. (2013, February). Training an employable global citizen: The crux of internationalization of higher education? Paper presented at the First Liberal Arts Conference: Ethical Engagement with Globalization. Citizenship and Multiculturalism: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, Texas A&M University, Qatar, Asia.
Adjei, M (2012, June). Internationalizing a private liberal arts college in Ghana: A stakeholder analysis. Poster presentation at the 2012 NAFSA Conference, Houston, Texas,U.S.A..
Revised December 8, 2015