Over the past two weeks, students at the African School of Economics (ASE) had the privilege of taking an intensive microeconomics course with visiting instructor, Yu Wen, a 3rd Year PhD candidate at the Toulouse School of Economics. Yu Wen has helped students master a number of topics including consumer theory, demand theory and game theory. Even though he has been at ASE for only two weeks, the students have really appreciated Yu’s dedication to teaching them these concepts. By inviting professors from abroad, like Yu Wen, the ASE demonstrates once again its commitment to providing its students with training on par with international standards.

Students working in the Communications Department sat down with Professor Yu and asked him to share his experiences teaching at ASE for the past two weeks.

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM: How do you feel after two weeks teaching an intensive microeconomics course?

YU WEN: After two week’s class, I feel somewhat exhausted, very excited and a strong sense of fulfillment.

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM: Do you think that universities like the ASE should continue to invite professors from other schools to teach advanced Economics courses in Africa?

YU WEN: I must confess that my knowledge of Africa was poor before I came, but still I think the idea is great. Over the past two weeks, I have witnessed the passion and diligence of the students, as well as the demand for balanced economic growth and economic education (advanced or introductory) in Africa. Inviting professors from abroad may serve well as a communicative bridge between students and scholars from Africa and other places around the world. It would even work better than conferences, because the length of stay and interaction with local students and professors potentially helps build long-term productive relationships.

Additionally, ASE would have a competitive advantage if it can invite professors in a consistent and high-profile manner. It would enable ASE to be the center of research and communication in Africa. 

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM: Do you see yourself visiting ASE again?

YU WEN: Sure.

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM: What is your impression of the students and how do they compare to other Economics students who have encountered?

YU WEN: In terms of knowledge, the students are really diversified. However, I dare say that the first year Masters students in Toulouse are not much better. For the passion, hard-work and patience, they are among the top.

COMMUNICATIONS TEAM: Any last remarks?

YU WEN: Thank you very much for the invitation and I honestly enjoyed my visit.


The African School of Economics distinguishes itself from other universities not only by the quality of training offered through its programs, but also by the effort they put into developing their students' professional skills. The Work-study Program, which was implemented when the school officially opened in 2014, gives students the opportunity to acquire many skills in addition to their academic training. In a meeting with students in the Communications work-study group on Tuesday, December 17th, the Communications Manager, Wilfried Gnanvi, explained the mission, the objectives and expectations of the communications team at ASE. He also explained how the Department is run and the specific role of the work-study program. In addition to Communications, students have been placed in other departments such as Planning, Research and Academic Affairs. Through its innovative curriculum and emphasis on professional development, the work-study program allows the ASE to truly live up to its goal to be a "path to innovative leadership".


Monday, January 17th, 2017. Classes for the Certificate in Impact Evaluation in Public Policy officially started on Monday evening, 7:30 pm at the ASE campus. Ten students/auditors (8 men and 2 women) working in different fields attended the first session. During the first meeting, the Program Manager, Clementine Assède, opened with a short speech. This was followed by the first course, Introduction to Statistics, taught by the Associate Dean, David Gbaguidi. 

The Impact Evaluation courses take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 10:30 pm, and will be in session for three months. There will be 9 course modules.

Are you a talented artist in music, dance, graphic arts or any other relevant industry? Do you also wish to pursue your education in bilingual Pan-African university? Here is your chance!

The African School of Economics (ASE), a Pan-African university based in Benin, is offering scholarships to all Africans gifted with an artistic talent and wishing to pursue their education in the following areas:

The objective is to create the ASE's band, as well as its dance and theater groups, not to train students to become musicians, artists, dancers etc.


You must be an African artist: singer, musician (traditional or modern music), dancer (traditional or modern dances), graphic designer, or any other industry

You must have a Bachelors of Master's degree

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A resume and last diploma obtained
  • A letter of motivation addressed to the Dean of the ASE
  • A proof of your talent: one 3-minute video material
  • Your application must be sent by e-mail to both the following addresses:   
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  • You can also submit the paper version of your application to the ASE's head office in Benin, precisely in Arconville, 5th street left, going towards the Abomey-Calavi Area Hospital.

Application deadline: February 10, 2017. Info line: +229 95 04 17 17.

Note: The African School of Economics is the expansion of th Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy (IERPE), founded in 2004, into a full-fledged Pan-African university. ASE is headquartered in Abomey-Calavi (Cotonou, Benin). The ASE is an internationally-oriented bilingual university where all the classes in the Master's program are taught in English. Its classes are modeled on types found in North-America and Europe. More than fifteen affiliated professors from the best North-American and European universities deliver onsite classes, not remote classes.

The majority of ASE and IREEP graduates are working with national and international bodies like ministries, the World Bank and sub-regional banks.

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017. As part of the weekly Professional Development Seminar series, the African School of Economics invited Mr. Gerard Gallucci, a retired U.S. diplomat and UN peacekeeper, to come and speak to the students about his career path and the lessons he learnt along the way. Mr. Gerard Gallucci holds a PhD in Political Theory from the University of Pittsburgh. He served 25 years in the U.S. Foreign Service and 5 years working first as a UN Regional Representative and later as Chief of Staff for the UN mission in East Timor from November 2008 until June 2010. Mr. Gallucci began his talk by alluding to the well-known Karl Marx quote: "Philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point, however, is to change it". He discussed this quote in relation to diplomacy and to his career in the United Nations. He explained that being a diplomat is essentially about "representing and informing the government and people". A UN peacekeeper's job is to work towards maintaining peace in a country. He also added that both roles require an ability to navigate bureaucracy. During the Q&A session, students asked him about his thoughts regarding U.S.-Russia relations in light of the recent U.S. elections and questioned the role of national interests as opposed to global interests in decision-making in organizations like the UN. Some students sought advice about how to launch a career in the United Nations. At the end of the seminar, students took a group photo with the guest in the courtyard of ASE.