Rongo University in Kenya has celebrated the graduation of its first cohort of media students trained in a partnership programme with the University of Brighton.
The research, student and staff exchange programme with Rongo University started three years ago under the leadership of Dr Peter Day, Senior Lecturer in media in the University of Brighton’s College of Arts and Humanities, and Professor Jerry Agalo at Rongo, which recently celebrated being awarded its university charter.
The programme focuses on community media and communication and involves material support in the form of books and media training equipment from the University of Brighton to Rongo University.
Students and lecturers from both institutions have visited each other’s country to participate in community media research and communication activities.
Dr Day has also engaged in tutorial activities, thesis examination and supervision of Doctoral students at Rongo University. Others who have benefited from the collaboration include the surrounding small-scale farmers, youth entrepreneurs and local gold miners who have been trained on how to use community media to create awareness about their activities and to expand market demands for their products.