A 3-member, international External Review Team, led by Commissioner Rolin Sidwell from the Commission for Academic Accreditation visited UOWD to complete their review of a Master of Media and Communications degree proposal.
Professor Elizabeth Toth (Department of Communication at the University of Maryland) and Professor Maria Marron (Department of Journalism at Central Michigan State University) worked with Dr Sidwell to assess all aspects of the UOWD proposal. In addition to reviewing the written proposal, they toured the University, met with staff and students, and talked with various members of the journalism, PR and media industry.
Dr Alma Kadragic, who has been leading the development of UOWDs proposal, said that ERT visit was the culmination of many months of preparation. "We talked to many people in the media, journalists and PR practitioners, and potential employers. Everyone supported our initiative, and urged us to start as soon as possible."
The development of this degree program proposal represents a significant step forward in achieving the UOWD strategic plan, according to Professor Rob Whelan, UOWD President. He said: "This University has built a very strong reputation in Finance and Banking, Business and Management and Computer Science and IT. If this new degree in Communications is accredited, it will the first step of the Universitys expansion into the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Professor Whelan thanked the external contributors, whose input helped to refine the degree proposal, particularly Katy Ludditt (Hill & Knowlton), Rebecca Hill (MEPRA), Francis Matthew (Gulf News), Mishaal al Gergawi (Gulf News columnist), Aida al Busaidi (MASDAR), Mohammad Abdullah (Media City), Shane Dobbin (Impact Porter Novelli), Sana Bagersh (BrandMoxie), Eithne Treanor (E. Treanor Media), Brena O'Neill (Writing, Communication & Design), and Mazen Mahawi (Media Watch ME).