Deutsche Welle was the media partner at the event “Gemeinsam für Entwicklung” (“Development, Together”). And the second master’s program in International Media Studies was opened at the broadcasting house in Bonn.
DW-AKADEMIE director Gerda Meuer and Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz (BMZ)
The idea behind “Engagement fairbindet – Gemeinsam für Entwicklung” (“Involvement Connects Fairly – Development, Together”) was to bring together established and new players involved in development cooperation. The one-day event was hosted by BMZ, Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and attracted some 2,000 invited guests. Held in the garden of the former federal chancellery, Deutsche Welle was the event’s media partner.
Inside DW’s own pavilion, DW-AKADEMIE showed guests working in the areas of politics, business, culture and civil society examples of its media development projects and gave impressions of the trainees’ multimedia know-how. DW’s international trainees developed an on-site blog with texts, photos and videos.
DW colleagues were pleased by the remarks made by BMZ State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz during a talk round on media development. “DW-AKADEMIE’s work has to be expanded,” he said, adding that his ministry would provide the necessary funding in the upcoming year.
Master’s Program Opened
The second master’s degree program in International Media Studies (IMS) was opened on 8 September at Deutsche Welle’s broadcasting house in Bonn. 24 students are taking part in the second IMS program. They come from 15 countries including Argentina, Belarus, Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and Kosovo. Over the coming two years they will receive bilingual training (German and English) in the areas of media and development, journalism, communications, and media management.
Speaking at the official opening were DW Director-General Erik Bettermann, BMZ State Secretary Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz and Marc Jan Eumann, North Rhine-Westfalia State Secretary for Federal Affairs, European Affairs and the Media. The two student representatives from the first master’s program, Mona-Maryam Emamzadeh and Rodrigo Rodembusch, also welcomed the newcomers.
The four-semester International Media Studies master’s program was initiated in September 2009 with 21 students from 13 countries. Cooperation partners include the Bonn-Rhine-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the Bonn University.