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Cardiff University sign up India’s journalists of the future

03 August 2009

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

Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies has signed a unique Memorandum of Understanding with India’s leading institute for journalism education, the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ).

The agreement will offer ACJ students the opportunity to convert their postgraduate diploma to a MA in Journalism at one of the UK’s centres of excellence in journalism teaching and research

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 Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies said, "Cardiff University’s 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 Cardiff University with a number of opportunities to develop collaborative work with staff at the Asian College of Journalism and further establish Cardiff’s reputation for excellence in journalism not only in the UK but across India."

The Asian College of Journalism (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 on an official visit to the UK university, this week.

Also 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 at Cardiff University as well as representatives from across the University’s School of Journalism.

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

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

The Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies is a world-leading centre for media teaching and research.

A pioneering force in journalism education since the 1970s, the School has an international reputation as a centre for the study of journalism, mass media and cultural studies. It benefits from a state-of-the-art digital media monitoring facility and comprehensive archives including the Richard Stott Daily Mirror Papers and the Cudlipp Collection.

Researchers at the School contribute to evolving UK policies in a wide range of areas such as devolution, science communication, and journalism practice, and to international debates about media and culture. Major research groups at the School include Journalism Studies; Mediatized Conflict; Race, Representation and Cultural Identity; Risk, Science, Health and Media.

In the most recent independent assessment of the quality of research in British universities, the volume of ‘world-leading’ research in the School placed it in the top 1% of all university departments in the UK.

The Centre for Journalism Studies offers the highly acclaimed and award winning Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism Studies, which prepares students for a career in journalism or public and media relations.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology and preparation for a wide range of professions.

Visit the University website at: www.cardiff.ac.uk

Professor Justin Lewis

Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies

Telephone: (0)29 208 76341

E-mail: JomecHoS@cardiff.ac.uk

Further information on the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ) is available at: www.asianmedia.org