The African School of Economics  aims to promote cutting-edge economic research, innovative public policy and to  contribute to the emergence of worldclass social scientists and business in Africa. To that end, ASE has designed an innovative curriculum and has set-up teaching and exchange partnerships with more than a dozen top universities from around the world.


The African School of Economics will firmly establish itself in the top tier of African business schools and be recognized as a global benchmark for industry as well as for thought-leadership in selected knowledge fields. ASE will contribute, through empirical research and economic theory, to designing public policy in Africa.

Core Values

- Scientific

ASE is a place for critical thought, transcending political, national and religious prejudices.

- Responsible

ASE is committed to upholding high standards of conduct. All individuals in the ASE community must be aware of their responsibilities to society at large. ASE trains individuals to take ethical and responsible decisions.

- Gender Equity

The African School of Economics is committed to promoting women's participation in graduate education in Africa. More specifically, ASE aims at ensuring that women are given an opportunity to earn advanced degrees. ASE will build on the experience of the the Institute of Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE), which has implemented processes whereby women are aggressively recruited for placement at the Institute's Masters program. Select scholarships have been reserved for deserving women interested in applying to the program.

In 2009 the Economic Commission on Africa reported that African women earn half of what men earn annually. One way to lessen this discrepancy is to afford women access to a graduate education that will prepare them for skilled employment opportunities in the private and public sectors and to participate actively in policy and decision making at all levels in Africa.