Dr. Ndeti Ndati, Dean.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SOJMC) is the only UNESCO potential Centre of Excellence in Kenya and among the top twelve (12) training institutions in Africa on communication and media. Started in 1970 as a project of UNESCO with support from Denmark, Norway and Austria, the School has been more instrumental in shaping the capacity of the professionals in the communication and media industry than other institutions in the African region.
From its humble beginnings focusing on professional training, the School has grown and expanded it academic base by launching two Bachelors programmes; a Masters programme and a PhD programme. There is a high demand for our programmes are based on their inter-disciplinarity and the blend of intellectual rigour and professional practical induction. Critical thinking, creativity and innovation also undergird the programmes and our graduates leave with a holistic grounding along the four specialisations of Print Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Public Relations and Development Communication.
The School is currently re-thinking its structure, programmes and collaborations with a view to re-positioning itself in the ever-changing world. Our firm tradition of leadership prevails (please view a sample of our alumni , but will be strengthened through the recently established Centre for Communication and Media Training and Practice (in liaison with the Media Council of Kenya; Ministry of Information and Communication and the Kenya Institute of Mass Communication). It is intended that the synergy between the academy and industry at the Centre through continuous education and research shall be mutually enriching and that this synergy shall transform the landscape of the sector in an enduring fashion.
The School has a population of 1,600 students who are currently enrolled in the following programmes:
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism and Media Studies: http://journalism.uonbi.ac.ke/uon_degrees_details/868 This course has specializations in with Print Journalism; Broadcast Journalism; Public Relations; and Development Communication). It is grounded in the multidisciplinary approach and provides students with a sound theoretical foundation, blended with practical skills in communication and development.