Umm Al-Qura University

Umm Al-Qura University

Overview


- 2018/12/13

Overview:

The Mass Communication Department was established in 1402 A.H. as one of the departments of the College of Da`wah and Fundamentals of Religion under the title ‘Islamic Mass Communication Department’. Under the umbrella of the College of Da`wah and Fundamentals of Religion, it was chaired by a number of professors:

  • Dr. Ahmad Ghaloush (Supervisor of the Department)
  • Dr. Ahmad Al-Banani
  • Dr. Safran Al-Maqati
  • Prof. Talib Al-Ahmadi
  • Dr. Ahmad Abdul-Latif Al-Abdul-Latif

Later, the Department was transferred to the College of Social Sciences to start a new phase of its history. It was then chaired by a number of professors, as follows:

  • Prof. Talib Al-Ahmadi (continuing his presidency that started in the College of Da`wah and Fundamentals of Religion)
  • Dr. Osama Hariri
  • Dr. Safran Al-Maqati
  • Dr. Adnan Al-Harbi
  • Dr. Osama Madani
  • Dr. Muhammad Bassaqar 
  • Dr. Muhammad Hendiah
  • Dr. Salim bin Ali Urijah

Deputy Heads of the Department (Female Section):

  • Dr. Sana’ Al-Hebishi
  • Prof. Nadia Khundana
  • Prof. Samia Sharaf
  • Dr. Suzan Bardisi
  • Dr. Dalal Al-Harithi
  • Dr. In`am Shu`aibi

Message:

To prepare and graduate professional media cadres who are able to meet the needs of the media labor market in the Kingdom in the fields of print and electronic journalism, radio and TV, and public relations and advertising.

Objectives:

  1. To enable the graduates to acquire the skills needed to work in the media in different specializations: journalism, radio and TV, and public relations and advertising.
  2. To enable the graduates to have a deep understanding of the ethics of media work in light of the Islamic instructions and the cultural norms of the Saudi society.
  3. To enable the graduates to have a deep understanding of the great importance of the role of media in social growth and development, and the preservation of the precious material and moral standards of the Saudi society.
  4. To keep pace with the continuous development in the different fields and techniques of media by providing theoretical and practical materials in this regard, such as electronic journalism, satellite communication technology, and international and digital media.
  5. To meet the needs of the different fields of the labor market, such as print and electronic journalism, audio and video broadcasting, and public relations and advertising.

Values:

The Department carries out its academic and training tasks in light of the professional media practices derived from the cultural and civilizational norms of the Saudi society.

Organizational Structure of the Mass Communication Department:

The organizational structure of the Department is as follows:

Head of the Mass Communication Department

He is the head of the organizational and administrative structure of the Department, and is responsible for issuing the administrative instructions that organize the different affairs of the students and staff, as well as the educational processes in the male and female sections, in general.

Deputy Head of the Department (Female Section)

She follows all the incoming and outgoing correspondences of the Head of the Department, and is fully responsible for the affairs of the female students and academic staff, as well as the educational processes in the female section, in general.

Faculty Members and Student Affairs Unit

This unit is responsible for all student affairs, from the time of their admission to the Department until their graduation, as follows:

a. Supervising the registration of courses for students in the beginning of each semester, and the addition and deletion of courses in accordance with students’ needs and circumstances, in line with the University bylaws.

b. Providing academic guidance for students to help them face any difficulties or problems that they may encounter during their study.

c. Supervising students’ distribution to any of the three divisions of the Department (journalism, radio and TV, and public relations) according to students’ interests, the Department’s capacity, and the labor market needs.

d. Supervising the arrangement of schedules at the beginning of each semester, and the distribution of lectures to the academic staff, paying attention to the specific specialization of each academic staff member.

Quality and Academic Accreditation Unit

It is responsible for the following:

a. Dissemination of the culture of quality and academic accreditation at the Department through public lectures, training courses and workshops.

b. Preparation of the Department’s strategic plan according to the requirements of the International Accreditation Organization (IAO).

c. Preparation of reports of the Mass Communication Department, including the specific criteria of the Saudi National Center for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA).

d. Representation of the Department at the College in matters relevant to quality and academic accreditation.

Practical Training Unit

It is responsible for the following:

a. Supervision of the preparation and training of students to become adequately qualified to undertake media work in a professional manner.

b. Helping students to obtain real work opportunities in different sectors of media and public relations through field visits.

c. Supervision of the provision of media skills to students in order to qualify them for work in the different sectors of media.

Extra-curricular Activities Unit:

It is responsible for the following:

a. Supervision of the extra-curricular activities, such as the organization of public lectures and events on different occasions.

b. Supervision of the organization of cultural shows, such as media exhibitions and the presentation of documentary movies produced by the students of the Department.

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