The “United Arab Emirates” joins the
world’s yearly celebrations of the “World Press Freedom Day” on May (3rd), and
the evaluation of press freedom around the world, defense against what
threatens the independence of media tools, and paying tribute to journalists
who have lost their lives while doing their job.
The “World Press Freedom Day” in (2014)
concentrates on three correlated subjects, which are: the “Importance of Media
in Development”, “Safety of journalists and the rule of law”, and the
“Sustainability and Integrity of Journalism”; an international conference is
scheduled to take place at (UNESCO) headquarters in “Paris” on (5-6) of May.
The annual “UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize” ceremony will take place on May (2nd), (2014)
at (UNESCO) headquarters.
The UAE is working to encourage youth to
study “Journalism and Media”, to meet the needs of the labor market in this
field and the openness the State is witnessing in the field of information and
The role of the “Ministry Higher
Education and Scientific Research” is to support students to study Journalism, through
giving initial accreditation to the “Journalism and Media” Bachelor program
in in the specialties of “Journalism” and “Radio and Television” and
“Public Relations and Advertising” in line with the policy of higher
education in the State, that aims to accredit all the specialties needed by the different employment sectors,
after ensuring the conformity of its
programs proposed by universities and
colleges with the global and international standards and requirements.
The number of universities and colleges with
the specialty of “Journalism and Media” and its different branches accredited by
the Ministry are (13) private universities and colleges, (12) of them offer "Bachelor’s”
degree and one offers “Master’s” degree in “Mass Communication and Media” which
is the “University of Wollongong in Dubai”. The three government universities: the “UAE University”, “Zayed
University”, the “Higher Colleges of Technology” offer “Bachelor’s” Programs in
the “Science of Communication and Public Information”, “Applied Communication”
and “Applied Technology Diploma” which will be offered by the “Higher Colleges
of Technology” starting the next academic year.
The UAE has lately witnessed media
mobility regionally and internationally on its lands, through hosting various
forums and conferences concerned with the media industry and exchanging
opinions and ideas on the new developments in information technology and
communication, and the world of digital media and media content.
There are over (17) satellite TV stations
in the UAE, in addition the state launched in May (2012) the first Arabic
satellite station from “Abu Dhabi” which is “Sky News” which reaches up to (50)
million viewers in the “Middle East” and “Northern Africa”, (24) radio
stations, nine daily Arabic newspapers, seven English daily newspapers, hundreds of specialized
weekly and monthly magazines and journals , and up to (60) newspapers and
magazine and journals issued by the ministries, institutions, enterprises,
public organizations and associations, sport and scientific clubs , cultural
and scientific societies, and general assemblies.
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