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International Media Studies: Master's program gets underway for 11th time

A new round of students joined the International Media Studies (IMS) program on September 16th. Now in its 11th year, this unique Master's program combines communications, hands-on media skills and media management.

The International Media Studies class of 2019-2021: 34 students from 27 countries

The International Media Studies class of 2019-2021: 34 students from 27 countries

"I'm always impressed by the different types of expertise that come together here," said Professor Christoph Schmidt as he greeted the new students at DW Akademie. Schmidt heads DW Akademie's division for Academic Education.

Variety of students 

The 34 young men and women briefly introduced themselves, many in English, others in German. Among them are journalists, PR experts, media academics, data journalists and NGO employees as well as those with experience in online marketing, communications and international relations. Some have completed internships at DW and DW Akademie.

Their know-how is as diverse as the countries they come from: Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan, Colombia, Jordan, Palestinian Territories, Georgia, Syria, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Cameroon, among others.

Unique program

Students graduate from the program as media experts. With lectures, seminars and research projects they explore the link between media, politics and society, and learn about media development policy, media economics and media management.

DW Akademie offers the four-semester Master's degree together with the Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and the University of Bonn. This bilingual (German/English) program is unique in Germany, combining research, lectures and hands-on media skills.

Lectures and seminars get underway in early October. In the meantime, students are taking part in a two-week orientation that also introduces them to academic papers, media economics, and digital media, and a visit to the German contemporary history museum in Bonn.

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