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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:42 am    Post subject: AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) Reply with quote

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Sezibera: Germany to support EAC media
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21st December 2013
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Dr Richard Sezibera, Secretary General of East African Community

Germany government has announced a new commitment to the East African Community (EAC) to support higher education and training for future journalists and media professionals.

Germany makes available a financial contribution of 14 million Euros in support of the Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) of the Aga Khan University, a recently established Centre of Excellence for media education in East Africa.

The education and training programme of the GSMC will have a strong regional focus and will foster a diverse array of media leaders, enterprises and institutions that will be distinguished by high standards of competence, ethics, professionalism and social responsibility.

Furthermore, Germany has also committed a first tranche of 10 million Euros to the 'Trans boundary Water Supply and Sanitation Programme' in order to contribute to improved water and sanitation infrastructure in selected EAC border towns.

The programme will be implemented with the Lake Victoria Basin Organisation (LVBC) of the EAC as Project Executing Agency.

Speaking at a ceremony held during this week, the Secretary General of East African Community Dr Richard Sezibera said the signing demonstrates the strong partnership between the EAC and the Federal Republic of Germany.

He applauded Germany for its commitment and consistent support towards EAC Project and Programmes. Sezibera affirmed EAC's readiness to continue close cooperation with the Federal Republic of Germany.

Hans Koeppel, Chargé d´Affaires at the German Embassy in Tanzania, said: "The new commitments underline that Germany continues to be a strong partner for the EAC, contributing to an integration process that puts the people in the centre".

Since as early as 1998, Germany's development cooperation, on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), contributes to the capacity development of the Secretariat of the EAC and the regional integration in East Africa through a variety of programs and projects.

Germany's funding for Technical and Financial Cooperation with the EAC amounts to a total of 125.9 million Euros. Germany also provides substantial support for the water and governance sectors in selected EAC member states.

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Clouds Over Kenya’s Half-Centennial
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By MICHAEL MEYER
Published: December 11, 2013

NAIROBI, Kenya — On Thursday, Kenya celebrates the 50th anniversary of independence. A public holiday has been declared. Banks, businesses and schools will be closed. Balloons and fireworks will go up. Buried and long-forgotten are the words of Prince Philip, standing next to the country’s new leader, Jomo Kenyatta, as the British flag was lowered for the last time: “Are you sure you want to go through with this?”
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Today, Kenya is the jewel of a rising Africa. Bankers and dealmakers flock to Nairobi. Housing prices are more typical of New York or London. Instead of a dark continent of poverty, disease and war, Africa increasingly means business.

As Kenya celebrates its half-centennial, it can rightly look at this record with pride and hope. Yet this optimism must be tempered. The gap between rich and poor is widening; critics charge that Africa’s boom chiefly benefits a small elite. Social services are being outstripped by the needs of a fast-growing, young population. Much of the continent’s new prosperity can be credited to gains in political and social stability, made possible in turn by better governance. But will these gains stick?

In Kenya, that’s still an open question. A Western ambassador with long experience across the continent put it this way: “Kenya is at a tipping point.” It can either advance toward greater democracy and prosperity, he said, or it can slip backwards. He figured the odds at 50-50.

For Kenya, the past few months have been troubling. In August, the international arrivals terminal at Jomo Kenyatta airport burned to the ground. Investigators blamed an electrical fire; others believe it resulted from a dispute over who had rights to under-the-table rents from a fake jewelry shop.

Then came the terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall. International solidarity was initially with the government, standing firm against Muslim Al Shabab extremists in Somalia. That narrative shifted when it emerged that Kenyan armed forces had exploited the shootout to loot the mall. An official inquiry has been ordered; most Kenyans expect it to end in a whitewash.

The consequence has been an erosion of public confidence, compounded by an escalation in violent crime. Scarcely a day goes by without some chilling report: schoolchildren kidnapped by men dressed as police officers; robberies, carjackings and murders, with the perpetrators rarely brought to justice. Meanwhile, official corruption appears to have gone from bold to brazen.

Kenyans complain that the attentions of the government of Uhuru Kenyatta, in office only eight months, have been diverted from these and other problems by the controversy over the International Criminal Court. Will the president go to The Hague and face his accusers? If he were acquitted — and the evidence underlying the case appears flimsier by the day — he would become an African hero. Were he convicted, tribal violence would likely flare across the country.

The government has lashed out at critics. Parliament has approved a media law that would roll back press freedoms. Other legislation targets NGOs and human rights groups by restricting the funding they can receive from abroad, potentially gutting many of them.

The constitutionality of both laws will be challenged in the supreme court — not to mention the more influential court of public opinion. Sadly but inevitably, Kenya’s 50th anniversary celebrations will be clouded by these realities. Considering how far the country has come, it deserves far better.

Michael Meyer, a former communications director for United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, is dean of the graduate school of media and communications at Aga Khan University in Nairobi.
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Aga Khan University media school to open this month

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Thursday March 12, 2015


By EVELYN SITUMA

Posted Tuesday, March 3 2015 at 00:00

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The Aga Khan University (AKU) Graduate School of Media and Communication will offer media related courses to professionals who hold a first degree and have work experience.
Among the key subjects the programme will focus on is Business, Environment and Finance reporting skills.
Students will also be trained on the work of non-profit organisations and analysis of social impact.
The university said that it will also launch post-doctoral programmes in media and communication.

The Aga Khan University (AKU) Graduate School of Media and Communication is set to open this month. The school will offer media related courses to professionals who hold a first degree and have work experience.
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Among the key subjects the programme will focus on is Business, Environment and Finance reporting skills. Students will also be trained on the work of non-profit organisations and analysis of social impact.

“The school will serve a broad range of students from the public and private sector, traditional media backgrounds and the worlds of advanced information technology,” His Highness the Aga Khan said during the university’s graduation ceremony in Nairobi on Monday.

AKU has so far trained 2,030 nurses in East Africa since it was founded.

The graduate school will operate from Westlands, where it has already leased space at the Peponi Road Campus located at 9 West building in Westlands. The school has taken up the entire seventh floor.

The Peponi Road Campus will share space with the school of hospitality, leisure and tourism and the school of leadership and management.
AKU projects that by 2029, it will have trained an additional 5,000 learners.

ALSO READ: Aga Khan University to open a graduate school for media

The graduate programme duration is two years. The university said that it will also launch post-doctoral programmes in media and communication.

“In the search for Africa’s development, it seemed clear that expanded knowledge would be the key to progress…and expanding knowledge is precisely the mission of AKU,” said The Aga Khan.

The graduate school of media will only admit 20 students per intake. The openings will be conducted yearly.

AKU last week announced a Sh91 billion ($1billion) investment in education in East Africa at the University (AKU’s) graduation ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Aga Khan University, Deutsche Welle sign training pact (Kenya)

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By Staff | Business Daily, Kenya
15 July 2015

The Aga Khan University and German broadcaster Deutsche Welle have signed a pact to develop training programmes for media and communication professionals in East Africa.

The partnership will see trainers from DW Akademie offer their expertise to students at the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC) located in Westlands, Nairobi.

DW Akademie is the international media development and training division of DW.

It will leverage on over 50 years experience in training to coach the media and communications professionals.

Speaking on Tuesday during the signing of the memorandum of understanding, The Aga Khan University presidentFiroz Rasul said the programmes running for up to a week would target practising journalists.

“The professional development programmes will increase journalists’ capacity to explain information to their audience better, which happens to be their main mandate,” he said.

The institution hopes to have trained approximately 250 professionals by the end of this year, with plans to have the number go up to 600 by the end of next year.

DW Director- General Peters Limbourg said strengthening human rights through media development is at the core of the undertaking that is envisaged to be a long-term project.

Nation Media Group Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi said attracting and retaining talent is one of the biggest challenges for local media houses.

“An institution like AKU-GSMC thus encourages enthusiasm and interaction for working journalists who require occasional professional improvement,” he said.

AKU-GSMC was established to address the need for globally competitive media and communications training in eastern Africa.

The focus of the institution is in supporting a robust, independent and professional media and communications sector by offering professional development, executive leadership and graduate programmes to journalism and media professionals.
During the training sessions, emphasis will be put on digital reporting to ensure students are in tandem with the changing technological advances.

The partnership is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, the German Development Bank and the East African Community.
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Aga Khan University – Graduate School of Media and Communications establishes an environmental reporting programme for Africa – A global strategy to end poaching

By Michael Meyer 17 November, 2015: A half-century ago, white rhinos abounded in Africa. Today, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimates that only 25,000 still roam the continent, mostly in South Africa, with a handful in Namibia and Kenya.

The population of elephants – another of Africa’s most iconic animals – is also dwindling fast, having fallen from 10-20mn a half-century ago to just 470,000 today.
Rhino caretaker Mohammed Doyo gestures to a southern white rhino at Ol Pejeta Conservancy near Nanyuki, some 200km north of the capital Nairobi, Kenya, 18 February 2015. (image credit: New Europe)
The proximate cause of these precipitous declines is poaching. The going rate for elephant tusk in Asian markets is around $1,500 per pound. Rhino horn fetches $45,000 or more. With prices like these, it is no surprise that poaching has become a $20bn mega-business, reaching high into the political leadership of many African countries.

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that roughly 400 tons of ivory – taken from about 50,000 elephants – was trafficked in 2013. There are now about 50,000 elephants left in all of Central Africa.

Farther east, Tanzania’s elephant population declined by two-thirds, or more than 25,000 animals, from 2009 to 2014, while Mozambique’s fell by 40%. All of Mozambique’s white rhinos have already been wiped out.

Conservationists have been sounding the alarm for years. But the poaching industry has only grown. Far from a bow-and-arrow affair carried out by local tribes, it has become a kind of mechanised warfare, featuring gangs equipped with AK-47s, electronic tracking gear and sometimes even helicopters.


♦ Michael Meyer, dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University in Nairobi, is establishing an environmental reporting programme for Africa.

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Story-telling with impact: News that drives the news

Great reporting stands out in a class of its own, delivering real understanding through a narrative rich with drama and personality.

Yet uncovering the facts and getting a story right, against a backdrop of advanced technology, official sensitivity, and intense legal scrutiny, requires extensive research and validation. To stand out from the crowd, to break the news that drives the news agenda, reporters most know how to cut through the plethora of information, and often conflicting claims, to craft unusually compelling and painstakingly accurate stories that engage and inform audiences whilst shaping public debate.

Working with Jenny Luesby, an awarding-winning former correspondent for the Financial Times and BBC, you will learn the skills and techniques required to become a world-class reporter. During this five-day course, Jenny lays out the skills of data mining and developing behind-the-scenes sources. You will learn the psychology of interviewing, tips for pitching stories and the logic of solid case-building. She will show you how to grip and touch readers, and how to deploy drama, imagery and statistics to create compelling and accurate news stories that drive society’s conversation.

Drawing on more than 20 years of news experience, including eight in Kenya, Jenny provides an intense and in-depth course designed for gifted reporters who are keen to deliver high-impact scoops.

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AKU Graduate School of Media and Communication Kenya seeking East African journalists to participate in Environmental Reporting Challenge

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Working with media houses and independent filmmakers, the distinguished faculty of Aga Khan University’s Graduate School of Media and Communication (AKU-GSMC) will train local journalists to research and produce compelling in-depth reports on Africa’s most urgent environmental crises (givingnatureavoice.org)

Without information and context the local population cannot understand how ecological destruction will degrade their own lives. Only local voices can create the popular groundswell that will goad lawmakers to act, before it’s too late.

AKU-GSMC invites journalists to submit proposals for environmental reporting projects that will make a difference. They can be TV documentaries, short web videos or long-form investigative reports aimed at local or global news markets.

Winners will receive funding and support from the AKU-GSMC, including a scholarship to a special week-long workshop on environmental reporting.

Proposals are welcome for any country in East Africa and should be no longer than one page. Those received by May 30, 2016 will be given preference.

They should include:
•A clear description of the project.
•A timeline: when would you start, and conclude, your work.
•Operational details about how you would staff and execute the project and, if applicable, a history of other projects you have done.
•A proposed budget.
•Biographical information or CV.

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Aga Khan University inks deal with Harvard on training.


10 February 2017

The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU GSMC) has stepped up efforts to transform leadership in Africa. The institution signed an agreement this week with the Aga Khan Foundation and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Executive Education, to introduce two courses designed to equip executives with the skills, mindset and communication expertise to better lead their organisations. AKU GMSC will host the two courses under the banner of ‘Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa’, and will target officials from the Government, private sector, civil society and media.

The Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education will deliver a course titled ‘Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos Complexity and Courage’, aimed at helping executives exercise leadership amid uncertainty with skill, purpose and effectiveness. The second course, ‘The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact’, will be delivered by AKU GSMC to empower leaders to speak and act with clarity of vision and authenticity. “We are proud to bring to Nairobi an extraordinary opportunity for African executives to sharpen two of the most vital skills needed to better lead their organisations – and Africa itself – in our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world,” said AKU GSMC Founding Dean Michael Meyer. The institution will launch the courses in November. “For us at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, this engagement stresses our commitment to public service and to engaging senior leaders in Africa. We are pleased to bring our adaptive leadership curriculum to the region,” said Senior Associate Dean Debra Iles.
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Aga Khan University Graduate School set to launch leadership programme

Thursday February 9 2017


by COLLINS OMULO

In Summary

AKU GSMC Founding Dean Michael Meyer said the programme comes at a better time when the world is rapidly changing and in need of leaders to better lead their organizatio

The programme will be launched in November, 2017.


The Aga Khan University Graduate School is set to host a pioneering suite of courses designed to equip executives with skills, mindset and communication expertise aimed at transforming leadership in Africa.

The programme under the banner, 'Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa', is a partnership bringing together Agha Khan University Graduate School of Media Communication (AKU GSMC), the Aga Khan Foundation and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Speaking at the signing of an historic Memorandum of Understanding in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Monday, AKU GSMC Founding Dean Michael Meyer said the programme comes at a better time when the world is rapidly changing and in need of leaders to better lead their organizations.

“We are proud to bring to Nairobi an extraordinary opportunity for African executives to sharpen two of the most vital skills needed to better lead their organizations – and Africa itself – in our increasingly complex and rapidly changing world,” said Mr Meyer.

The agreement brings together two world class courses where the first focuses on executive education and training for officials from government, civil society, private sector and the media.

The second course in the suite, The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact, will be delivered by AKU GSMC to empower leaders to speak and act with clarity vision and authenticity.

“Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa offers the expertise of AKU GSMC and HKS Executive Education to provide a unique learning experience that will change the way you think about leadership and communication in your professional and personal life,” added the Dean.

On his part, Havard Kennedy School Executive Education Senior Associate Dean Debra Iles said: “For us at Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education, this engagement stresses our commitment to public service and to engaging senior leaders in Africa. We are pleased to bring our adaptive leadership curriculum to the region as part of this suite of offerings.”

In a separate agreement with the Aga Khan Foundation, it was agreed that HKS Executive Education will deliver one of the courses in the suite: Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos Complexity and Courage. This course will help executives exercise leadership amid uncertainty with skill, purpose and effectiveness.

The programme will be launched in November, 2017.
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OPINION: Print media is not dead, all we need are better journalists

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Thu 03rd Aug 2017 10:37:38am

Michael Meyer has been at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications as the school’s founding dean for four years, after a five-year stint at the United Nations as the communications director and speech writer for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

An award-winning correspondent for Newsweek magazine where he spent most of his professional life as an editor, Meyer holds an MA in Journalism from Columbia University.

What should people know about Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications?

The Aga Khan University has in the past chiefly been a medical school training medical practitioners, including nurses and midwives. The Aga Khan established the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications ahead of other graduate schools, to change the media landscape in East Africa. What is missing is the kind of graduate professional education seen in the United States and Europe in business, law and above all in media. The Aga Khan is therefore establishing a series of graduate professional schools across the region beginning with this media school. It is a huge investment amounting to $500 million (Sh50 billion) over the next 15 years.

What makes AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications different from other media trainers?


Most journalism trainers here train recent undergraduates and their idea is to give them a new career. We are focused exclusively on practising professionals to help them raise their own game. We take journalists with jobs and make them better at their jobs and therefore improve the quality of reporting in the region as a force of democracy and economic development.

What is the most popular programme at the school?

We are a new graduate school. In January 2018, we will launch a cutting edge MA in digital journalism, which will be as good as any journalism skill in America or Europe. We will offer scholarships to the first class of 20 people who will be young journalists in their mid-20s and early 30s. So far, in our first two years of operation, we have run a series of professional, executive-style development courses to about 800 students. These are two-week programmes for corporations, governments and media houses.

Do you make any follow-up on your graduates since they are already practising journalists?

We keep running into students who went through our programme as practising journalists. Even when they are out there, they are always welcome to call anyone of our faculty for help in a story.

How do you intend to bridge the gender gap in training journalists?

We will insist that roughly half the class for our MA programme are women. There is a terrible lack of female journalists in Kenya, especially those occupying senior editor positions in newsrooms. Women continue to be discriminated against in journalism. Female reporters are harassed by politicians and sexually harassed in the newsrooms. We want to change that. Just the other day, female reporters that were covering political campaigns were harassed by political candidates. Being good at your job is the best ticket to advancement besides being the best protection at your job. As a Kenyan female journalist, you have to be better than the men around you if you have to advance.

With digital migration, the print industry in Kenya is dying. What is AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications doing to ensure the position of writers isn’t threatened?

We don’t believe that digital migration means the “death” of traditional media. Early next year, we plan to launch an innovation centre offering training and research helping media enterprises, old and new, legacy as well as start-ups, build new audiences and adapt to changing markets. If TheNew York Times or The Washington Post can increase subscription rates by a third to half over the past year, so can Kenyan media. Writers should focus on Kenyans’ thirst for knowledge. That is what matters most to readers and viewers. They care so much about the format or delivery style. Writers are the folks who interpret our world. They won’t simply disappear.

What do you do to bridge the skills gap in media graduates in Kenya?

We teach journalists to be better journalists – better writers, better editors, better fact-checkers, better managers and innovators. That is the real skills gap. It is in the head – the drive to be better. Believe it or not, you can teach this. It is part of living professionally, and ethically, in the media world.

Is there a way to offer more practical exposure to professionals you admit to the institution, especially those who are not drawn from newsrooms?

Our programmes focus on practice, not theory. Our students write stories and make films side-by-side with some of the world’s leading talents. In other words, we emphasise field work, not lectures. And because virtually all our students are journalists with jobs, they immediately apply what they learn to day-to-day work.

What is your message to media practitioners during the electioneering period?

Be fair. Be balanced. And above all, get it right. A journalist who plays political activist, who fudges the facts, will not be trusted.

Michael Meyer has been at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications as the school’s founding dean for four years, after a five-year stint at the United Nations as the communications director and speech writer for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

An award-winning correspondent for Newsweek magazine where he spent most of his professional life as an editor, Meyer holds an MA in Journalism from Columbia University.
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New study to assess impact of tech on Kenyan journalism

The Aga Khan University School of Media and Communications (GSMC) has partnered with the Media Council of Kenya (MCK) to study how new technologies have impacted journalism.

The research aims to offer fresh insights into challenges and opportunities associated with new skills among scribes and how they impact news organisations.

IPSOS Synovate is participating in the initiative as the implementing partner.
“Based on the findings, GSMC will design and develop programmes that will address the gaps and needs of journalists,” said Michael Meyer, the founding dean at GSMC.

The study targets journalists currently working in Kenya, and will seek to establish what technologies they are using as well as the level of technology adoption and technology habits among them.

Mr Meyer said this is primarily an online survey targeting professionals working in different platforms including radio, print, online and television.
MCK chief executive David Omwoyo said there was also need to introduce trainings to media practitioners who do not have formal journalism training.

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Harvard, Aga Khan University partner to offer leadership courses in Nairobi

By Joel Muinde For Citizen Digital
time updated Updated on: 1841, March 12, 2018 (EAT),

The Aga Khan University School of Media and Communications (GSMC) has on Sunday partnered with United States top university, Harvard, to offer leadership courses in Nairobi.

This first-of-its-kind programme marks the first time Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has collaborated with a local university to offer leadership training, especially in today’s volatile environment.

“2017 presented leaders with many challenges politically, socially and economically. The Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa programme will offer leaders with a unique learning experience that will change the way they think about leadership and communication, and help them explore new methods of tackling the challenges of contemporary Africa,” said Prof Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean, GSMC.

Facilitators of the programme include seasoned Kenyan and American business leaders: Martin Oduor-Otieno (Chairman and CEO of the Leadership Group, Michael Koehler (CEO of KONU), Hugh O’Doherty (Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Mike Eldon (Management Consultant and Executive Coach).

The first module of the programme which runs from March 11 – March 16, welcomed senior leaders from various sectors from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Gambia, Egypt and USA.

Upon graduation in June this year, participants will receive certificates from both Harvard Kennedy School and the Aga Khan University.
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Aga Khan, Harvard universities launch joint leadership course

Tuesday March 13 2018

ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP
In Summary

The first course focuses on executive education and training for officials from government, civil society, private sector and the media.

The pioneering suite of courses is designed to equip executives with skills, mindset and communication expertise.

It was launched on Sunday at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications campus in Nairobi.

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By GALGALO BOCHA


Harvard University and the Aga Khan University have both launched a joint leadership course to help African leaders address challenges facing them.

The programme involves Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC).

The two universities signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly launch the programme last year.

The first course focuses on executive education and training for officials from government, civil society, private sector and the media.

The second course in the suite, The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact to empower leaders to speak and act with clarity vision and authenticity.

The pioneering suite of courses designed to equip executives with skills, mindset and communication expertise aimed at transforming leadership in Africa was launched on Sunday at the Aga Khan Graduate School of Media and Communications campus in Nairobi.

GSMC Associate Dean Prof Rhonda Breit said the programme under the banner, ‘Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa will help executives exercise leadership “amid uncertainty with skill, purpose and effectiveness.”
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Aga Khan university kicks off inaugural leadership course

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B.C. mining titans step up to give nature a voice in Africa

Partnership with Aga Khan University empowers Africans to protect Africa
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Published on: March 19, 2018 | Last Updated: March 23, 2018 7:13 AM MDT

BC mining magnate Ross Beaty delivers a short address at the luncheon to honour his philanthropy in Africa

Some of BC’s biggest names in the mining industry came together on Tuesday March 13th in Vancouver to raise money for a series of documentaries that showcase critical environmental issues facing Africa.

The luncheon event hosted by the Vancouver-based Sitka Foundation and the Aga Khan University made special mention of the philanthropic works of mining titans Ross Beaty and Lukas Lundin.

Several local and international corporations, following their lead, pledged $50,000 each for the documentary series under a program called Giving Nature a Voice that is administered by the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Journalism in Nairobi.

“The films have influenced local and national policies in Africa,” said Michael Meyer, Founding Dean of the school, who spoke about the program along with Firoz Rasul, the university’s President and filmmaker Andrew Tkach.

“It’s simply an honour for us to be able to empower Africans to protect Africa through these films and partnership with the Aga Khan University,” said Carolynn Beaty, Director of Granting of the Sitka Foundation.

“The teams are not only creating award-winning films that are chronicling beautiful, tragic and hopeful environmental stories, but they are also trying to influence policy makers and leaders who can create long term change,” said Beaty.

To find out more about the documentary series go to http://givingnatureavoice.org/
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2018 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harvard, Aga Khan University partner to offer leadership courses in Nairobi

The Aga Khan University School of Media and Communications (GSMC) has on Sunday partnered with United States top university, Harvard, to offer leadership courses in Nairobi.

This first-of-its-kind programme marks the first time Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) has collaborated with a local university to offer leadership training, especially in today’s volatile environment.

“2017 presented leaders with many challenges politically, socially and economically. The Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa programme will offer leaders with a unique learning experience that will change the way they think about leadership and communication, and help them explore new methods of tackling the challenges of contemporary Africa,” said Prof Rhonda Breit, Associate Dean, GSMC.

Facilitators of the programme include seasoned Kenyan and American business leaders: Martin Oduor-Otieno (Chairman and CEO of the Leadership Group, Michael Koehler (CEO of KONU), Hugh O’Doherty (Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Mike Eldon (Management Consultant and Executive Coach).

The first module of the programme which runs from March 11 – March 16, welcomed senior leaders from various sectors from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Gambia, Egypt and USA.

Upon graduation in June this year, participants will receive certificates from both Harvard Kennedy School and the Aga Khan University.

https://citizentv.co.ke/news/harvard-aga-khan-university-partner-to-offer-leadership-courses-in-nairobi-193456/
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 9:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is why you should apply for the Executive Education Programme at The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications, in 30 seconds

Visit this link for more information: http://akumedia.aku.edu/executive-education/

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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 8:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Transform Your Leadership Now

“If you are a motivated leader – committed to your own and Africa’s future – Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa is for you.”

We live in an era of accelerating change, uncertainty and unprecedented complexity. Organizational strategies today will be obsolete — if not self-defeating — tomorrow. Success requires agile leadership and visionary communication.

That is why the Graduate School of Media and Communications at the Aga Khan University (AKU GSMC) is proud to offer a seminal opportunity to sharpen two of the most vital skills – leadership and communication demanded by these challenging times.

Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa comprises two world class courses.

Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos, Complexity and Courage, delivered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (HKS), Executive Education, helps top executives exercise leadership amid uncertainty with dexterity and purpose.

The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact, delivered by AKU GSMC, empowers leaders to communicate and act with clarity, vision and authenticity. The fundamental premise: the success of any initiative or enterprise depends, more than ever before, on high-quality, maximum-impact communication. Executives who fail to recognize this imperative will be left behind.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Video: Aga Khan Quote

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan at the conference marking the 50ty anniversary of the Nation Media Group, Nairobi, Kenya, 18 March 2010.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIvgLVTHnUI
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