EDUCATION PLUS

Making global links

Graham Roberts

Graham Roberts  

The media and communication industry is buzzing with activity. Along with numerous opportunities comes the need for a good understanding of international issues and the ability to communicate the same to a global audience. It is in this area that Graham Roberts, director, Institute of Communications, University of Leeds, U.K., intends to train his students. Professor Roberts, who was recently on an educational tour of India, was in Chennai to explore opportunities for collaborative projects. He took time off his schedule of college visits and counselling sessions with prospective students to speak on the courses offered in his university and the opportunities available for students from India. "By the year 2008, we are looking at about 10 students from India in every batch. An international environment has gained more significance in today's context, particularly in the media and communications industry," he said. At present, about 60 per cent of their students are from different countries.Besides theoretical knowledge, a student would learn to work in an international environment. With classmates and visiting scholars from all over the world, students were bound to get a fair idea of global issues and trends. They would be sensitised to various international issues and would have related discussions. "There is no substitute for meeting people and connecting with people," he added. Professor Roberts said political communications was a key area of research that would be given emphasis. "It is important to get across political issues to people. Fewqer and fewer people are connected with politics. Can the media help? These are questions we would like to raise."MEERA SRINIVASAN

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