Professor Valerie Adema (Dean - School of Science & Technology, and the School of Communication, Cinematic & Creative Arts), delivers her address at the Dean’s Convocation on Wednesday, November 28, at the Chandaria School of Business Lecture Theater I. PHOTO: ANTONIO LONGANGI
By Taigu Muchiri
During the Dean’s Convocation on Wednesday, November 28, Prof. Valerie Adema (Dean, School of Science and Technology - SST; School of Communication, Cinematic and Creative Arts - SCCCA) announced that the School of Communication plans to initiate the development of the Bachelor of Arts in Documentary Film Production, the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts with specializations in Theatre, Music and Dance and Fashion Design, and the Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication.
The review of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Technology and the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism will commence this academic year, while the Departments of Computing and Cinematic Arts are currently working together to develop a gaming concentration within the Bachelor of Arts in Animation program, in response to market demands for formal training and certification for developers of software games.
During the same period, the Dean announced plans to recruit faculty to teach public relations, software engineering and statistics. Four new faculty will be also be recruited to teach corporate communication, digital communication, film and animation.
Dean Adema also hoped to complete the process of recruiting a permanent SCCCA Dean by the end of this academic year.
The School will strengthen its Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) disciplines by conducting more rigorous, robust, and impactful applied science programs. The School will complete the accreditation process for the graduate program in Information Security and doctoral Information Systems and Technology program and begin student enrollment into these programs.
Prof. Adema also intends to engage industry and academia stakeholders in the curriculum drafting process for undergraduate programs in Bioengineering and Renewable Energy Technology. Additionally, SST plans to undertake a feasibility study to initiate the development of a Bachelor of Science in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Game Design and Development, in order to position the University as a leading technological training institution.
The schools also plan to enhance academic excellence by establishing centers of academic excellence such as a Center for High Performance Computing, a Center for Informatics Research and Innovation, and the Media Center.
The Journalism and Corporate Communication Department is finalizing a new concentration in Political Communication for the MA Communication Studies program. SCCCA has also begun the restructuring of its programs prerequisites for BA Journalism and MA Communication programs in order to ensure quality learning.
In addition, plans are already underway to restructure the student newspaper (USIU-Africa Gazette) and the campus radio (USIU-Africa Radio 99.9FM), in a bid to professionalize the two university media outlets for the benefit of student training and acquisition of requisite skills.