Pintak named dean of Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University, Nairobi

On July 1, I assume the role of dean of the Graduate School of Media and Communications at Aga Khan University in Nairobi. The goal is to help the young program broaden its footprint across East Africa and beyond, building on the foundation laid by my predecessor, former Newsweek editor Michael Meyer. While this is an extremely challenging time for universities and journalism organizations around the world, I firmly believe the crisis also opens opportunities for new ways of thinking about what we do.

Lawrence Pintak

I will be dividing my time between the Aga Khan campuses in Kenya and the UK.

Aga Khan University is a multi-national institution that operates on three continents, employing more than 15,000 faculty and staff. Its medical school runs the most respected hospitals in Pakistan and East Africa. The university was founded by the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the world’s Isma’ili Muslims, though the university is secular. The university is part of the Aga Khan Development Network, one of the world’s largest philanthropies, with an annual budget of $1 billion.

Journalism is extremely important to the Aga Khan, who founded Kenya’s dominant media group, The Nation, and who was responsible for creating the Graduate School of Media and Communications, which offers an MA in Journalism and Digital Media and conducts a range of professional training and research activities, a model similar to that of the center I ran at the American University in Cairo and another I helped establish in Karachi.

I look forward to exploring ways the GSMC faculty might partner with RMIG members.

— Dr. Lawrence Pintak

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