Joint project from Deutsche Welle, University of Bonn and the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences will begin in the winter of 2009.
Professor Matthias Winiger, Rector of the University of Bonn, Professor Michael Krzeminski, Vice Rector of the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and Erik Bettermann, Deutsche Welle Director General, have signed a cooperative agreement for the realization of a Master’s program entitled “International Media Studies”. The program will take place in Bonn and will begin in the winter of 2009.
The four-semester, bilingual Master’s program has been established for future journalists, media managers and employees from communication departments from developing and emerging countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and transformation countries in Eastern Europe. The international participants will be trained on the role of journalism in communicating information to society. Following graduation, the students should return to their homelands and work as multipliers of information. Applicants are required to have an academic degree and at least one year of professional experience in the media industry.
Bettermann stated that the signing of this cooperative agreement is an important step on the way to forming a Master’s program. He also thanked the partners for their constructive cooperation.
During the signing, Krzeminski stressed the uniqueness of this offer. He said that even though there are many programs for media studies in Germany, there are none that connect the media to development work in this form, while also accounting for global media developments.
Winiger emphasized the meaning behind the cooperation between the two education institutions and Deutsche Welle. He said that everyone involved can only benefit from this arrangement: The students from all over the world due to the blend of research, learning and practice, the city of Bonn due to a unique course of studies and the cooperation partners due to a reciprocal exchange of knowledge.
The new program focuses on journalism, media and development, media and education, communication and media science, media management and politics and society.
The first part of the program will take 18 months and will conclude with an “International Journalist (DWA)”certificate from DW-AKADEMIE. After successfully completing the full Master’s program, students will receive of “Master’s of Art”.
June 13, 2008