20 January 2011 the UNESCO Cairo Office and the Cairo University launched a project to strengthen journalism education and communication research in Egypt. The aim of this project is to reform curriculum of Cairo University Faculty of Communication, the leading university in Egypt, as well as to provide recommendations for the other journalism schools of the country in line with the standards provided by the UNESCO Model Curricula on Journalism Education.
The UNESCO Cairo Office is to support needs assessment study as well as two workshops and International Conference aimed to develop recommendations to facilitate restructuring of journalism curricula.
The two workshops will analyze the current status and carry out the needs assessment of journalism education in Egypt and selected Arab States. More than twenty research groups will be created to implement the task with about fifty researches involved in developing a report on the status of journalism education and communication research, which will be published in English and Arabic in mid 2011 and serve as a basis for further action.
The findings of the needs assessment report will be discussed at the international conference to be held in October 2011. The conference will serve as a forum of exchange and discussion for developing modern curricula for journalism education and will commission recommendations and guidelines aimed to put in place and new plan in reforming journalism education based on the UNESCO Model Curricula on Journalism Education.
The recommendations and guidelines of the conference will be followed up by the Cairo University Faculty of Communication in reforming university curricula of 2012 and beyond. They will also be made available to other institution of higher education through the local body responsible for the university accreditation process in Egypt.
Source: UNESCO Office in Cairo