December 18, 2023:
Dr. Aisha Nakiwala, Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, poses for a photo with students from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nairobi. From left to right: Kairu Karega, Jecinta Mwangi, Dr. Nakiwala, Dr. Marjorie, Hope Nabalayo, and Mercy Omondi.
On October 2, 2023, four students from the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nairobi (UoN) visited the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Uganda. The students were Hope Nabalayo, Mercy Omondi, Jecinta Mwangi, and Kairu Karega, the current Chairperson of the Journalism Students Association (NUJOSA). This was during an unofficial visit to the institution during their stay in Kampala.
The students were welcomed by the Head of the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University, Dr. Aisha Nakiwala. Dr. Nakiwala expressed her gratitude for the students' courtesy visit and emphasized the importance of collaboration between the two departments.
During their visit, the UoN DOJMC students had the opportunity to attend some classes with the Makerere students, including Public Relations and Scriptwriting classes. They also had the opportunity to interact with the Makerere students, share ideas, and exchange contacts. Kairu Karega, the Chairperson of the Journalism Students Association at the University of Nairobi, also had the opportunity to speak to Kevin Mugabi, the current President of the Makerere University Journalism and Communication Association. They discussed areas of partnership and collaboration between the two associations, including joint student events. The visit was a valuable opportunity for the UoN DOJMC students to learn about the journalism and mass communication program at Makerere University. It was also a good opportunity for the students to network with their peers from another country and explore potential areas of collaboration.
The ongoing partnership between the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at UoN and the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University is beneficial for both institutions. It allows students and faculty to exchange ideas, collaborate on research projects, and learn from each other's experiences. The partnership also helps to promote cross-cultural understanding and cooperation.