Qatar University’s (QU) Mass Communication Department in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) has been awarded international accreditation status by the Academic Council of the Association of Education of Journalism and Mass Communication (ACAEJMC).
The accreditation status was confirmed in a letter by Chair of the Council’s Review Committee following a site visit to the department and its classrooms last January during which members assessed the curriculum and study plan and submitted a report for approval of accreditation to the Executive Committee and Council.
The department’s success is a culmination of a six-year exercise that included an intensive self-study as well as review visits from ACAEJMC members, with full participation of the College and Department administration, faculty, staff and students. As a result, a new study plan was adopted in 2011 which included 3 tracks: Journalism, Radio and Television, and Strategic Communication and Public Relations.
QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla Al Misnad congratulated the department on its achievement, which raises the Mass Communication Programme to an international level and standard. She noted that the department’s accreditation success is an important achievement for the department, the college and the university as a whole as part of QU’s continuing efforts towards accreditation for all its colleges, departments and programmes.
CAS Dean Dr Eiman Mustafawi commended the department’s students, staff and faculty for their contribution towards accreditation success.
“The Mass Communication Department joins other departments and programmes at CAS that gained similar recognition from world-renowned international accrediting bodies. This is a big leap forward in our determination to raise the standards of all our programs to international performance and excellence,” Dr Mustafawi said.
Dr Mustafawi said that the Mass Communication Programme is the first such in the Gulf, Middle East and North African region, and the second in the world outside the US to have achieved such a distinction. Department Head Dr Mahmoud Galander said: “This raises the department to the level of international departments and colleges accredited by ACAEJMC. It will help our graduates to pursue further study at international universities that require degrees from accredited programmes.”
Source : Qatar Chronicle
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