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Training India’s journalists

29 July 2009

(Front, left to right) Mr Sashi Kumar, Head of The Asian College of Journalism, signs the agreement joined by the Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Professor Justin Lewis. Also present were (rear, left to right) Mr Tim Holmes, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Sandra Elliott, Director of Communications and International Relations Division, Mr N Ram, Editor in Chief of the Hindu newspaper and Professor Duncan Bloy, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.(Front, left to right) Mr Sashi Kumar, Head of The Asian College of Journalism, signs the agreement joined by the Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Professor Justin Lewis. Also present were (rear, left to right) Mr Tim Holmes, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Sandra Elliott, Director of Communications and International Relations Division, Mr N Ram, Editor in Chief of the Hindu newspaper and Professor Duncan Bloy, School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.

A unique University agreement offering some of India’s most talented journalism students the chance to further develop their skills has been signed.

The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has this week signed a Memorandum of Understanding with India’s Asian College of Journalism (ACJ).

The agreement will offer ACJ students the opportunity to convert their postgraduate diploma to a MA in Journalism from the University. Students will also be able to visit Cardiff to help them prepare for submission of their dissertations.

It is hoped, as the agreement develops, that students will be able to prepare their dissertations at the Asian College with the help and advice of visiting academics from across the School.

Professor Justin Lewis, Head of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies said, "The School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is delighted to formally link-up with the Asian College of Journalism in this unique way.

"The successful implementation of this agreement will help provide the School with a number of opportunities to develop collaborative work with staff at the ACJ and further establish Cardiff’s growing reputation for excellence in journalism across India."

The ACJ is widely recognised as India’s leading journalism training school. Based in Chennai, it recruits students from all over India equipping them with journalism skills adapted to the specific needs of India and other developing countries in Asia.

The agreement was formally signed by Dr David Grant, Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University and Sashi Kumar, Head of The Asian College of Journalism. Present at the official signing was Mr N Ram, Editor in Chief of the Hindu newspaper and Sandra Elliott, Director of Communications and International Relations Division.

Prior to the signing, Mr Sashi Kumar joined several academic staff and representatives from across the School of Journalism for lunch.

The signing of this Memorandum of Understanding adds to Cardiff’s growing list of international links.

The University has this year already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF), to produce world class education and research in Islamic Finance as well as a Memorandum of Agreement with Taylor’s University College, Malaysia, to lead collaborative provision of pharmacy degree programmes.