Our Vision

To be a world-class center for learning, innovation and entrepreneurship that nurtures future leaders

Our Mission

To educate future-ready leaders who can innovatively solve complex problems within an ethical, entrepreneurial and collaborative environment.

Our Core Values

Acity Core Values

Always striving to be the best
or among the best.

Acity Core Values

Always a tower of emulation and a source of ethical direction and leadership.

Acity Core Values

A demonstrable commitment to seek new and exciting approaches that positively impact and advance society.

Acity Core Values

An impeccable will to advance the ideals of humanity, dignity and a commitment to the vulnerable.

Acity Core Values

A commitment to accept responsibility, to exude the values of servant leadership and to be a strategic partner in the advancement of society.

Message from the Chairman

Dev Varyani

Mr Dev Varyani

Academic City came about as a thanksgiving for my 30 years of entrepreneurship success in Africa. I drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela‘s, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."

The vision I have is to provide high quality education driven by innovation, impact, engagement and to being in the top 100 of the leading young, new universities in the world. I wanted to provide a USA/UK quality of education in W Africa, especially to those parents & children who could not afford the costs of going overseas. Ultimately, this new university will inspire, motivate, and empower students to become excellent engineers, entrepreneurs and leaders. I also envisioned the campus to become a breeding ground for exceptional teaching faculties. We have succeeded in putting in place great infrastructure & an excellent Executive/ Faculty team. We incorporating best practices, methodologies, innovative curriculum and unique teaching methods and a team-based approach to ensure we achieve our aim. Involving industry leaders & academia in providing experiential learning that combines theory & practice for future ready leaders. I am thankful to all involved in helping us on working to realise these strategic objectives and excited with the momentum we are creating to address our goals.

Executive Team

Prof. Fred McBagonluri

Prof. McBagonluri has over 17 years of experience, mostly from the USA, ranging across education, engineering, strategy and research. Prof. McBagonluri holds an MBA from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, and a Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from University of Dayton, USA.

Prof. Fred McBagonluri

President & Provost

Pawan Varyani-Director of Strategy

Pawan joins us from Nio, the global EV/autonomous driving manufacturer, where he was responsible for US finance and strategy. Prior to that he worked at other high growth startups in Silicon Valley, focused on overall operations and specializing in finance & strategy. Pawan graduated from Bentley University in Waltham, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a minor in Business Law.

Pawan Varyani

Director of Strategy

 Shannan Akosua Magee - Director of Admission

Shannan, a Fulbright Scholar, is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with a Master’s in Secondary Education. She also holds an Education Specialist degree in Education Administration and Leadership and has over 15 years of school leadership experience. Her extensive research has provided the foundation of the Youth Institute of Science and Technology (YIST), an NGO focused on promoting STEM education in rural schools across Africa.

Shannan Akosua Magee

Director of Admission

Amit Kakhani - Director of Finance

Amit has 16 years of experience in the field of accounts and finance. He holds a master’s degree from Sikkim Manipal University and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from MLS University, India. He has been working with the Eureka group over a decade ranging across accounts, finance, administration & operations etc.

Amit Kakhani

Director of Finance

Kuukua Nyarko - Registrar

Kuukua has a track record of successfully leading Higher Education registries in the pursuit of continuous quality improvements and excellence - liaising with external agencies and playing a major role in the preparation for internal and external reviews. She holds Masters in Educational Leadership from University of Ghana and previously worked as Registrar for Lancaster University in Ghana.

Kuukua Nyarko


Our History

In 2009 at the time of its establishment, Academic City College was a standalone facility in Ring Road, Accra that was popularly known for its affiliated programme with Sikkim Manipal University (SMU). Over the course of 9 years, Academic City College graduated over 3,000+ students from over 23 countries in Africa. The college's alumni established themselves as distinguished professionals working at reputed organizations such as international banks, manufacturing firms, corporate offices, government departments and financial institutions in Ghana and West Africa.

In 2017, the group recognized the re-adjusted need for premium quality tertiary education infused with entrepreneurial thinking, innovative problem-solving, application-based learning, and an emphasis on ethical practices, within the African context. Henceforth, the Eureka Africa group re-positioned Academic City with a renewed purpose and a brand new campus, to deliver transformative, modern-day tertiary education.

2008 Academic City is incorporated in Accra, Ghana and receives accreditation by the National Accreditation Board of Ghana for distance learning at Ring Road Central.
2009 The first batch of Freshman undergraduate students are admitted into BSc Information Technology and BBA Banking & Finance inaugural programs.
2012 Academic City graduates its first batch of seniors in a graduation ceremony in Accra under the SMU affiliation.
2015 The school undergoes a renewed mandate from the public and private sector to transform into a leading STEM education institute in West Africa.
2018 Academic City relocates to a world-class campus facility in Haatso, Accra with a brand new engineering department and faculty. The school recruits and admits its highest caliber of freshman students yet, offering 20 bright high school students from across Ghana with some form of a merit scholarship.





Global Partners

University of Dayton

Millersville University

St. Mary's University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Engineers Without Borders
(Columbia University Chapter)

Fontys University of Applied Sciences

Community & Values

Go Green With Us

We have a vision to source organically, locally and sustainably. In our use of energy, paper, food, and our handling of waste, Academic City is constantly exploring various ways to go green with hopes of preserving our natural resources and our standard of living.

Visit ACity

Plan a visit to Academic City’s campus in Haatso, Accra, and let us show you our customized learning environment. Take a guided tour across our space and our computer and engineering resources. Meet and greet with our admissions counselors who can assist you with your application and discussion of financial aid.

Governing Council

The Governing Council of Academic City, consisting of entrepreneurs, philanthropists, educators, and visionaries, has been established to provide advisory and governance support to Academic City and its management team, to enable appropriate direction and progress towards achieving ACity’s founding vision and goals.

Mr. Dev Varyani

Chairman of the Governing Council, Academic City & Eureka Africa
Esteemed Alum of Kansas State University, USA

Prof. Prem Shamdasani

Academic Director, National University of Singapore (NUS)
Esteemed Alum of University of Southern California, USA

Prof. Fred McBagonluri

President, Academic City
Esteemed Alum of University of Dayton, USA

Mr. Neeraj Varyani

Founder, Academic City
Esteemed Alum of University of Illinois, USA

Dr. Leslie Casely-Hayford

Director, Associates for Change, Ghana
Esteemed Alum of University of Sussex, UK

Prof. Kofi Tsivanyo Yiboe

Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana
UCC Ex-Officio Member

Mr. Carl Manlan

Chief Operating Officer, Ecobank Foundation
Esteemed Alum of Harvard Kennedy School, USA

Prof. Grace Ofori-Sarpong

Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Mines & Technology (UMAT)
UMAT Ex-Officio Member

Mr. George Sarpong

Director Corporate Affairs, Kosmos Energy Ghana
Esteemed Alum of Columbia University, USA

Mr. Deepak Ahuja

Chief Financial Officer, Tesla Inc., USA
Esteemed Alum of Carnegie Mellon University

Mr. Samuel Cudjoe

Law Trust Company, Ghana
External Legal Council, Academic City

Prof. Daniel Wubah

President, Millersville University, USA
Esteemed Alum of University of Georgia, USA