June 10, 2015, Cairo – The Master of Arts program in journalism and mass communication at The American University in Cairo (AUC) has ranked first in Africa, according to Eduniversal, a global ranking and rating agency specializing in higher education headquartered in Paris. Eduniversal has recently published its master’s rankings for the 2014 – 2015 academic year, based on a global survey of 5,000 international recruiters, 800,000 students and over 10,000 representatives from 1,000 academic institutions in 154 countries. Each year this ranking evaluates more than 12,000 postgraduate programs and it is the only ranking that evaluates individual masters programs worldwide in 30 fields of study.“We are very happy and proud of this ranking. I have been teaching for 20 years in the Department of Journalism and Mass communications and I feel like I have been rewarded for a life-time commitment,” said Naila Hamdy, head of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications, “Our MA program is a very special program, although we teach in English but the research we do and the multicultural caliber of students we have, makes us stand out.” Hamdy added that what is special about the program is how it provides an American quality education but based in the heart of the Middle East.”
According to Hamdy, the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication has enjoyed a reputation for excellence since its inception; its alumni count among the most influential among the region’s journalists, media professionals and media scholars. “Guided by our faculty of leading experts, researchers, and journalists, and a curriculum which offers hands-on, multi-disciplinary training in mass media, our three majors are perfectly positioned to deal with the evolving socio-political structures in Egypt and beyond.” The three majors include Multimedia Journalism, Communication and Media Arts and Marketing Communications.
The MA program in Journalism and Mass Communication is designed to provide intellectual growth and advanced training for persons already engaged in mass media or public information work. It is a balanced program focusing on academic and theoretical instruction while immersing students in substantial graduate-level professional journalism and media courses that enhance their communication skills. As media transits in Egypt and across the region, the industry has diversified as media values and professionalism standards continue to evolve. Graduates have the opportunity to observe changes and challenges first hand and through their research, presentations and publications, produce valuable media studies.
The Eduniversal rankings include all types of master’s programs that are either nationally or internationally associated with 30 different specializations. The ranking of the top master’s programs was determined according to the reputation of the program, career prospects and salary level of the first cohort after graduation, as well as the level of satisfaction among students.