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Aga Khan Announces New Graduate School of Media and Communications at Pan-Africa Media Conference in Nairobi - 2010-03-18

Thursday, 2010, March 18

Nairobi, Kenya: 18 March 2010 – His Highness the Aga Khan today announced the establishment of the Aga Khan University Graduate (AKU) School of Media and Communications. The School, whose initial campus will be situated in Nairobi, will aim to foster a critical mass of diverse, media leaders, enterprises and institutions distinguished by the highest standards of competence, ethics, professionalism and social responsibility. It is anticipated that the School will be formally launched in 2011, although some of its activities may begin later this year.

The Aga Khan made the announcement as part of his address to the inaugural Pan-Africa Media Conference, which marks the 50th Anniversary of the Nation Media Group. The two-day conference is being held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, and was officially opened by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya.

Named for its flagship newspaper the Daily Nation, the Nation Media Group was established by the Aga Khan in 1960. Together with its Kiswahili counterpart Taifa Leo, the Nation provided an independent voice in the years leading up to Kenya’s independence. The Nation Group has since expanded from print into radio, television and digital media, and has spread its influence beyond Kenya’s borders. Today, it continues to be a leading voice in Kenya, as well as the broader East African region.

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