Align courses with new trends, Nation editorial head advises varsities

Sunday March 6 2016

Nation Media Group Editor- in- Chief Tom Mshindi (second right) tours Mount Kenya University's Thika main campus on March 4, 2016. He noted that the university’s visionary leadership has made it one of the fastest growing private institute in the country. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Nation Media Group Editor- in- Chief Tom Mshindi (second right) tours Mount Kenya University's Thika main campus on March 4, 2016. He noted that the university’s visionary leadership has made it one of the fastest growing private institute in the country. PHOTO | MARY WAMBUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By MARY WAMBUI
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Nation Media Group Editor-in-Chief Tom Mshindi has challenged local institutions of higher learning offering courses in journalism to adapt their curriculum to the current media trends.

Speaking at the Mount Kenya University’s main campus in Thika where he had a meeting with the institution’s top leadership, Mr Mshindi said: “That is the only way the students can be guaranteed on their relevance in the field.”

The editorial boss noted that the university’s visionary leadership has made it one of the fastest growing private universities in the country but challenged it to be upfront in voicing its success in the field of research and training.

“From what I have seen the university is doing a lot of research, which has not been documented by anyone. Share your story with us,” he said.

The university is currently involved in three major research projects funded by local and international donors to reduce newborn mortality by 30 per cent in 2017, control bilharzia along Lake Victoria Island and create a platform where scientists and people of faith can deliberate on contentious issues.

The Nation editorial director also urged the university to engage experienced journalists from Nation Media Group to offer mentorship to its students.

“We have an experienced workforce in both print and broadcast journalism, which can interact and help mould the student fraternity into resourceful journalists. We can work on something aside from offering internship opportunities to Mount Kenya University students,” Mr Mshindi said.

The university’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stanley Waudo said: “I see a great opportunity for great partnership with the most coveted employer both locally and abroad.”