University of Canterbury Visit

The University of Canterbury (UC) is a premier center of learning in New Zealand’s South island. The city of Christchurch where UC is situated is often referred to as New Zealand’s garden city and commonly known as the gateway to Antarctica.

The trip to the southern hemisphere, practically to the end of the earth, is long but worth the time travelled. First of all, the change in climate is a welcome surprise for any traveller coming from another part of the world in the northern hemisphere. Most noticeable is the breathtaking beauty of the country as a whole and the Canterbury plains in particular.

I was invited by Department of Media and Communication in the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences at the University of Canterbury. The topic of my presentation was advocacy communication in the age of social media. It was a pleasure to speak to a diverse audience of media scholars.

I highly appreciate UC’s hospitality extended towards me and the opportunity to meet the wonderful faculty, staff, and students at the school. Here is some information about the media and communication program at UC, as per their website:

The University of Canterbury’s Media and Communication programme is the most international programme of its kind in the country, with academic staff from North America, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific regions. The department offers a comprehensive undergraduate program that prepares graduates for a career in the field of media and communication; an engaging honours degree with courses that critically explore the relationship between media and power; a one-year graduate diploma in Journalism where students are provided with intensive practical training to produce highly competent, thinking journalists; and postgraduate degrees that match students with faculty in an intensive research-based relationship that is geared toward publishing studies that are valued in the field. The department was ranked second in New Zealand for its research in Media and Communication in the latest Performance Based Research Funding round.

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