Tens of scholars, students and practitioners in the fields of communication and development last Thursday converged at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology during the inaugural Conference on Communication and Development. The conference organized by the Department of Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) and themed: Trends, Challenges and Issues in Communication and Development, attracted over 40 research papers in eleven categories besides presentations by a number of practitioners.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded the initiative by the SSH Department noting that it resonated with JKUAT’s vision in which the University has reaffirmed its commitment to pioneer research and innovations aimed at national development.
“This conference provides the platform where scholars and practitioners can share their research findings, innovations and experiences,” Prof. Imbuga said, through a speech delivered by Prof. Elegwa Mukulu, Dean, School for Human Resource Development.
The Chair, Department of SSH, Dr. Hellen Mberia noted that the conference to be organized annually, will also give students pursuing communication and development related courses additional opportunity to interact with field leaders at faculty and industry levels.
“It is now a requirement for our postgraduate students to publish at least a paper in a referred journal before graduating. This is therefore an avenue to achieve that end,” averred Dr. Mberia.
At the opening ceremony, Emerald Group Publishers’ Soji Koledabe took participants through the publishing process with the globally acclaimed publishing house. His address covered the key areas that make a good paper, working with co-authors and publishing timelines with Emerald.
The conference sub-themes included: development communication, transformational leadership and governance, participatory development in Africa, culture and development, globalization and development and public relations practices.