The academic committee was taken by surprised at the mass of requests coming from inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to participate in this conference; there were over 1,000 requests.
This response put a lot of pressure on the committee, which handled each request separately, and finally had to sieve through them down to just 130 selections.
The committee is currently reviewing all this academic research submitted to the conference for final selection.
The Department of Media and Communications, School of Humanities, King Khalid University, is pleased to organize this international conference the second in our fledging department, which was established just three years ago.
The academic committee will be inviting international media channels, social media networks, strategic centers, as well as local and international organizations to cover all aspects of the subject matter.
We aspire to chalking out a draft international communique on how media should deal with terror. This is, definitely, an aspiration we intend to reach.
Head of Media & Communications Department, KKU
KKU Mass Communication Department is established with the aim of meeting the academic accreditation standards, though it is the most fledgling department in mass communication Pan-Saudi universities.
Drafted to fulfill the academic accreditation requirements and to meet the domestic mass communication needs, the department plan is based upon teaching English language intensively to the freshmen. In addition, the freshmen will study customized Arabic-focused syllabuses to hone up their writing skills.
Providing three majors, the department is tailored on studying the modern-day trends in mass communication teaching adopted in benchmark universities in the U.S. and Europe. In addition, it serves the domestic labor market in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The Mass Communication Department plan stands out as it fulfills standards set by the domestic and international accreditation agencies, particularly those pertaining to restructuring the syllabuses by the department on and off campus, including the supporting syllabuses. This serves the approach that media men should have the deep knowhow on various majors and spheres of media action.
There are some other training programs not in the crux of Mass Communication Department; however, they are set to earn the degree. In-house training, for example, is a requirement that helps train undergrads on various on-the-job skills, and enriches practice for course books. This is in addition to scheduling visits for the undergraduates to media agencies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and overseas.
Thanks to the KKU rector’s directives, an attention to Mass Communication Department is paid to activate the mass communication paradigm on campus, including, developing Afaq, the weekly campus newspaper – the first campus newspaper nationwide and in the region. This is in addition to establishing a sophisticated media center, including studios, to be labs for training the undergrads to meet the KKU needs from media perspective.