UCA Students Network in Nairobi
Two UCA undergraduate students, Sehar Naz Janani (centre) and Ali Zain Hussain (right), and Dr Evangelia Papoutsaki (left), Associate Professor of Communications and Media at UCA, visited Nairobi, Kenya from March 16-21 as part of a field trip to the Aga Khan University’s (AKU) Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) and the Nation Media Group (NMG). AKU and NMG are part of the broader Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), of which UCA is a member.
“This trip was an amazing experience for me to see how relations can be fostered within AKDN. We, as UCA students, have been given a wonderful platform to pave our way to global opportunities,” said Ali Zain Hussain.
During the 6-day visit, they learnt about the GSMC programme, attended guest lectures on “Media Law and Ethics” by Churchill Otieno, Managing Editor of NMG and “Digital Disruption” by an Editor from the Standard Newspaper. Among their meetings, they discussed possible internship opportunities for UCA students at NMG and AKU. Janani, Hussain and Dr. Papoutsaki also learnt about other AKDN initiatives including the Environmental Reporting Programme, which raises awareness about social and environmental issues through media, and “Pishi – savour the taste” production house, a cooking show under the umbrella of NMG.
“During our visit, we felt the Kenyan spirit of Karibu (welcome). Our educational trip to Kenya has opened up multiple doors for prospective internships and graduate studies throughout East Africa,” said Sehar Naz Janani. “Our time in Africa gave us a unique opportunity to represent the inaugural class of UCA’s undergraduate programme, and form connections between Central Asia and the Global South.”