Kenya’s first locally-trained digital journalists awarded degrees

Kenya’s first locally-trained digital journalists awarded degrees

Ten journalists have graduated with a Master’s degree in digital journalism. The postgraduate programme is the first of its kind in Kenya and East Africa, and is offered by the Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications.

“This course has helped open up my mind to the different possibilities in media. I have utilised the different skills acquired during the training and I am looking to better put what I have learned into practice,” said Julian Kamau, citizen journalism editor at the Standard Group.

Kenneth Kipruto, news editor at the Standard newspaper said, “As a newspaper editor, I no longer think of the stories as just for print but for the website too. I can proudly say that thanks to the course, I can do a story for TV and radio.”

Speaking during the 16th convocation ceremony in Nairobi, AKU President Firoz Rasul said the University is evolving to meet the demands of a changing world, and to deliver on its mission of improving quality of life in Africa.

“As of today, the number of Kenyans who have graduated from AKU stands at more than 1,500. From Mombasa to Turkana to Nairobi, they are leading change – as educators, clinicians, entrepreneurs, advocates, public servants, and policymakers. And now, with the awarding of our first master’s degrees in digital journalism, they will be making their mark in the media sector as well,” Mr Rasul said.

The Aga Khan University recently introduced three new master’s degrees, in nursing, midwifery, and media leadership and innovation. It is also establishing a Centre for Cancer Research to develop treatments specifically for East Africa’s population, and will soon commence the construction of a Children’s Specialty Hospital to provide advanced paediatric care. Construction of the University Centre is underway and will provide cutting-edge learning and research spaces for students and faculty.

Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Health Dr Rashid Aman applauded AKU for being an outstanding institution of higher education and health care delivery in Kenya.

“Your expansion of molecular imaging and oncology services in the recent past, are of particular importance to government as they provide an opportunity to increase access to specialized healthcare in this region, making Kenya a medical tourism hub in line with the country’s vision 2030,” Dr Aman said.

Ninety-three graduates were awarded degrees in various disciplines: 12 graduated with a Diploma in Oncology Nursing, 28 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 26 with Master of Medicine, 17 with a Master of Education, and 10 with a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism.

To read the valedictory address, click here.

To view the graduation photos, click here.