The Shiv Nadar University (SNU) on September 25, 2012, New Delhi, announced the launch of the School of Communication (SoC) to offer Undergraduate, Graduate and research level programs in Communication. The University also announced a new collaboration with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania(ASC)through which ASC will assist SNUin designing the curriculum for its programs along with assisting SNU in identification and training of faculty. The partnership also established both faculty and student exchange programs whereby students and faculty from both institutions will have the option to spend up to two semesters at The Annenberg School for communication campus in Pennsylvania or at the SNU campus at Greater Noida.
The partnership also paves the way for the establishment of joint Center for Global Communication Research to be located at SNU. Faculty from both schools and across disciplines at both Universities would be affiliated with the Center whose objective is to undertake research on critical issues in global communication. .The Center will hold conferences and seminars and publish research reports as part of its mission to disseminate the findings of the research conducted at the Center.
Announcing the partnership, Nikhil Sinha, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University said, ‘The growth of communication and media in India has been exponential and India increasingly requires globally relevant research-led programs in communication. Annenberg is a globally renowned institution and stands at the forefront of education, research, and policy studies on the processes, nature, and consequences of existing and emerging media. We believe that this collaboration would help us leverage ASC’s proven track record of five decades in Communication Education and Research to create a world class communication program at the SNU School of Communication.”
Michael Delli Carpini, Dean, Annenberg School for Communication said, “The Annenberg School for Communication has been committed to responding to changes in both the nature of Communication as a social process and in Communication as a discipline. We see our partnership with the Shiv Nadar University as an opportunity help all aspiring communication professionals become better consumers and producers of public information, strengthen their understanding of the role of communication in their personal, professional and civic lives, and prepare them for private and public-sector leadership positions in communication-related and other fields. We look forward to an exciting partnership.”
Academic programs will commence in August 2013. Students completing the programs successfully will obtain a degree issued by Shiv Nadar University.