The Graduate School of Media and Communications has been half a decade in the making. It began with the idea that a rising East Africa was out-growing its traditional educational institutions. And in addition to fine universities, it was also believed that, above all, East Africa needed first-rate institutions of graduate professional education — in business, law and media.
So it was that the Aga Khan University put together a Thinking Group of eminent scholars, journalists and media leaders. For several years they considered what a rigorous, forward-looking, cutting-edge graduate school of communications might look like — and the result is the AKU Graduate School of Media and Communications that we have begun to build today.
Members of the original Thinking Group included:
Anton Harber, dean and Caxton Professor of Journalism at Witswatersrand University in Johannesburg.
Wangethi Mwangi, longest-serving editorial director of the Nation Media Group of East Africa.
Karim H. Karim, director of the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University in Canada.
James Lee, former chairman of Pearson Group (UK) and chair of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London.
Lee Huebner, professor of media and public affairs at George Washington University, former speechwriter to U.S. President Richard Nixon, publisher of the International Herald Tribune and president of the American University in Paris
Robert Whitcomb, vice president and the editorial-page editor of The Providence Journal in Rhode Island and member of the board of the New England Journal of Higher Education.
Wilfred Kiboro, former chief executive of the Nation Media Group and chairman of the International Press Institute.