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.


Friday, January 6th, 2017. The staff of the African School of Economics, represented by the Dean and the leaders of each department, met the new students who will be starting their academic year in January.

In front of about forty students, the Dean, Father Claude Domfang, was asked to introduce students to the founding principles of the African School of Economics: rigor, work, pan-Africanism and solidarity.

The new students who come from Benin, Ghana and other countries asked a few questions about the fee payment process, campus life, and other issues. They seemed satisfied by the responses provided by the Director of Operations Hyacinthe Boko, Academic Affairs officials Clémentine Assede and Clementina Alamou and their collaborator Lionnelle Boco.

In addition to the Q&A session, students also received fact sheets with explanations of their obligations and rights within ASE.

Pre-doctoral fellow, Simplice Adjisse also included all the newcomers in the ASE Whatsapp group, to make them feel at home and to keep them informed about ASE activities from the very beginning.

Courses start on Monday 9th January with reinforcement sessions in Mathematics and English.


The African School of Economics to penetrate Africa more extensively

According to Professor Leonard Wantchekon, the President of the African School of Economics – the prestigious Pan-African Anglophone University located in Benin – "Hovering is the greatest risk in every venture. If, at a given time, you cannot take risks, you will be a total failure". This great Beninese scholar is currently one of the 5 African members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a professor of Political Science and Economics at Princeton University. He pronounced these words on Wednesday, January 04 on the occasion of the good wish ceremony held by the staff of the ASE. In his address, Professor Wantchekon praised the development of the IERPE into the ASE, and revealed the innovations for 2017: the Institute of Finance and Management, and the Institute of African Studies.

The African School of Economics, located in Benin, precisely in the commune of Abomey-Calavi, intends "to penetrate Africa more extensively during this and the coming years", as was emphasized by the Dean of the ASE, Father Claude Domfang, during the aforementioned ceremony.

Courses in the university are exclusively taught in English. The diploma issued opens up professional opportunities in French-speaking and Anglophone countries. All in all, 16 nationalities are found in the ASE's community: Tanzanians, Ghanaians, Senegalese, Togolese and Beninese, etc. To date, 12 of the ASE's graduates have joined the staff of the World Bank and many more are working with several international organizations.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2016, Professor Leonard Wantchekon was the guest on the morning talk show on the National Television channel, ORTB (Benin national Radio and Television Corporation).The founder of the African School of Economics was called upon to speak on the issue of road infrastructure on the program dubbed “5/7 Matins”.

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Marie-Louise Perrin was the host, interviewing the eminent economist. The discussion pulled out solutions based on scientific observations. Having carried out numerous research studies on the subject, Pr. Leonard Wantchekon challenged the clichés and stressed that the most important thing for a country like Benin is to build transverse roads to support the current network with its longitudinal trajectories.

To explain his position, the member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences points out that in terms of national road infrastructure, the existing one is inherited from the colonial era and was gradually reinforced by new additions. “The current roads are not an advantage for the emergence of local markets, especially in areas of agricultural production”, he said.

“With this, people are forced to make detours of about 100 or 200 or even 300 kilometres” to travel between nearby cities like Abomey-Calavi and Dangbo (Southern Benin), Cove and Dassa (Central Benin) or Kouande and Kandi (Northern Benin), separated by an average 10 to 30 km, the expert argued.

The immediate consequence is farmer impoverishment in landlocked areas, as the latter sell their products to infrequent buyers at ridiculously low prices, because of the impact of the high cost of transportation on these buyers.

To conclude the interview, the journalist of the National Television also tried to get the eminent professor’s point of view on the Government’s Action Plan presented last December, an action plan that Pr. Wantchekon analyzed scientifically.