As international conferences cannot make a success without additional activities and events, the International Conference on Media and Terrorism steps up to the plate in this as well.
When King Khalid University (KKU) resolved to organize this conference tackling an intricate issue at the international level, it took into account that the activities and events held concurrently with the conference should not be secondary.
Rather, they should perform a role as important the conference theme due to the pivotal role played by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in combating international terror.
In addition, media plays a sensitive, effective role in this warfare thanks to the participation of national, regional, and international mass media in the conference.
This explains why KKU has been keen on supporting a multifaceted exhibition, shedding light on the following:
•Efforts exerted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in combatting terror;
•Efforts exerted by Saudi official and private institutions to support the country in fighting terror;
•Cultural and artistic efforts exerted by the Saudi community to express their rejection of all forms of terror through:
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.