Aga Khan University and Deutsche Welle sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop world-class professional development programmes in East Africa

Aga Khan University and Deutsche Welle sign a Memorandum of Understanding to develop world-class professional development programmes in East Africa

Nairobi, Kenya – July 14, 2015 – Aga Khan University and Deutsche Welle have made a commitment to cooperate and support the development and delivery of professional development programs for Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (AKU-GSMC).

A memorandum of understanding has been signed by the Director General, Deutsche Welle (DW), Mr. Peter Limbourg and the President, Aga Khan University (AKU), Mr. Firoz Rasul, signaling the start of a partnership to develop world-class professional development programmes for media and communication professionals in East Africa.

The partnership brings together two leading institutions focused on building capacity and expertise in media and communications. DW Akademie, the international media development and training division of DW, will leverage over 50 years experience training aspiring journalists and media professionals across multi-media platforms and will work closely with AKU-GSMC to facilitate and deliver world-class training at AKU-GSMC’s campus located in Westland’s, Nairobi, Kenya.

“We are very pleased to join efforts with AKU-GSMC. Strengthening human rights through media development is at the core of the undertaking. We look forward to bringing this project to fruition”, says Peter Limbourg, Director General, Deutsche Welle (DW).

AKU-GSMC has been established to address the need for globally competitive media and communications training in Eastern Africa. Its focus is on supporting a robust, independent and professional media and communications sector by offering professional development, executive leadership and graduate programmes to journalism and media professionals.

“This is a terrific example of how two very different media organizations — one an innovative academic institution, the other a premier global media leader — can work together to deliver the highest-standard media education and training across East Africa,” says Dean Michael Meyer, a former Newsweek editor and director of communications for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The partnership has been made possible thanks to the support of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the German Development Bank (KfW) and the East African Community (EAC).

For more information, please contact Kenneth Macharia, Director of Resource and Business Development at or +254 718 928955.


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