Seasoned communications scholar Professor Kwame Karikari and Ghanaian media expert Ambassador Kabral Blay-Amihere have been appointed to lead the School of Communication Studies at Wisconsin.
Professor Karikari joins as Dean of the School of Communication Studies, while Ambassador Kabral will serve as Head of Department.
Professor Karikari is former Director of the School of Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon and founder of the Media Foundation for West Africa.
He is an internationally recognized media advocate and scholar, an editorial member of several international journals, and a UNESCO consultant on journalism education.
Professor Karikari has over 35 years of academic experience.
Ambassador Kabral is a household name in media circles. He is one-time Director of the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) and former lecturer in Journalism and Communication at Fourah Bay College, Freetown. He is former Chairman of the National Media Commission and was president of the West Africa Journalists Association in the 90s, among other leadership positions held in media.
Ambassador Kabral previously served as Ghana's High Commissioner to Sierra Leone (2001-2005) and ambassador to Côte d'Ivoire (2006-2009). He worked as a journalist for 25 years before joining the diplomatic corps.
Setting out his vision for the School of Communication Studies, Professor Karikari said: “We want the School of Communication Studies at Wisconsin to be the “it” communication school in Ghana, and attract students from the region and beyond. We want everybody to point to this School as a standard-bearer in Communications training.
“Through a combination of strong academics and professional training, graduates from this School will represent a new generation of well-trained communicators with strong intellectual preparation.”
The new Dean said this vision would be achieved by:
• employing the best in the field, including communications practitioners
• incorporating writing as a core practice across all specialisations
• providing courses that enhance intellectual capacity and strengthen critical thinking
• applying the UNESCO model of Journalism across all Communication courses
• organising internships and placements in the industry for students (newspaper, radio, TV, PR and Advertising)
• engaging in public discourse on communications in Ghana through public lectures and other fora
• developing the School’s research capacity
Wisconsin’s School of Communication Studies runs a four-year BA Communication Studies programme affiliated to the University of Cape Coast.
The programme is open to WASSCE/SSSCE graduates, mature students, diploma holders (for a top-up degree) and holders of other professional qualifications.
For details about the programme, visit wiuc-ghana.edu.gh/ba-communication-studies