The Aga Khan University Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) in partnership with the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has commenced a 12-week professional development course dubbed 'Connect and Communicate', for communicators working within the AKDN and Jamati system.
The participants who are drawn from over 15 countries will be taken through five modules that include: The Art of Storytelling, Social Media, Tech and Media, Engaging the Media, and Emotional Intelligence and Communication.
Speaking at the orientation, Aga Khan University's President Sulaiman Shahabbudin commended the participants for enrolling for the transformative course noting it signified the unwavering commitment to advancing the art of communication within the AKDN and wider Jamati system. “I am truly captivated by the vibrant mosaic of cultures that you all represent with participants coming from over 15 countries. This diversity is not just remarkable but also an invaluable asset that shows the extensive global influence of the AKDN and underscores our shared dedication to the power of effective communication."
Professor Nancy Booker, Dean of GSMC informed the participants that they would not only learn from the various facilitators that have been carefully selected, but also from each other's shared experiences.
Fayyaz Nurmohamed, Director of Communications at the AKDN thanked the participants for joining the course noting the complex challenges in the world today and the importance of communications. “Communicators have a responsibility to support the network by getting the right message out, and influencing how people think and feel about the AKDN."
The programme's mode of delivery will be weekly live sessions with asynchronous activities, and will be taught by a diverse set of renowned faculty and practitioners drawn from a global pool.