Knowledge economy requires new innovative skill sets with strong ethical practices to ensure job security
Quetta, PK – 2 June 2016 – Pakistan ranks at 98 among 140 countries in the world on academia-industry collaboration measured by the Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 of the World Economic Forum. Strong academia and media industry collaboration is the only way to improve the ethical standards; this was the consensus of the second interactive session held at the University of Balochistan, Quetta today.
Industry experts, senior journalists, media professionals and academicians attended the seminar along with a large number of students, scholars and faculty from the journalism and media sciences departments attended the session.
Adopting new technologies and working in an environment where the “Internet of Things” is changing the way we do business and social interactions across all fields of communications and industries.
Muhammad Fahim Baloch, Assistant Professor and Head of Department of the Media and Journalism Department, University of Balochistan, in his welcome note emphasised on the importance of academia and media industry meetings and their role in strengthening the knowledge economy of the country. He further added that such activities play a role of an anchoring role for aspiring journalists.
The seminar aimed at highlighting and identifying the need to develop strong linkages between the academia and media industry. The meeting brought industry representatives and academia sector on one platform to formally share ideas to improve job security for fresh graduates and be part of the knowledge based media industry, while ensuring media ethics in principle and practice both.
Moderating the session, Amna Sabahat, Program Manager for Promoting Ethical Journalism for Mishal Pakistan said that securing a good job depends on high skill set, innovative thinking and hard work. She further added, “at the same time the students need to explore job market even before completing their education. She also said, “Pakistan needs to create an average of 170,000 jobs every month. Pakistan’s demographics do not allow everyone to get a job. The youth needs to explore entrepreneurial experiences to create a secure and prosperous future.
Speaking on the occasion, Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan said, “In the times of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the demand for professionalism and ethical business practicing are key to ensure job security. Embracing new and emerging technologies improve not only the quality of content but also the timely delivery of information as well. He further said, “More organizations are now taking interest in engaging with their communities to build the capacities of the communities they work.
This Mishal activity was part of the DANIDA-supported ‘Strengthening Media in Pakistan’ project being implemented by International Media Support (IMS), which seeks to promote greater media professionalism in the country and an enabling environment in which to foster it through partnerships with key media stakeholders including media organizations, regulators, coalitions, parliament, policymakers and the government.
In addition to conducting academia – media industry interface in Punjab and Balochistan, Mishal will be conducting these interactive sessions with youth and other stakeholders in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh by the end of July 2016.
Established in 2003, Mishal has been engaged with some of the most dynamic organizations, including media enterprises and global development agencies helping them develop their communication strategies and solutions for better understanding and creating synergies with their concerned stakeholders. Mishal is the country partner institute of the Center for Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum. Mishal’s research and capacity building initiatives have assisted and helped successive governments to improve Pakistan’s global ranking on competitiveness, gender gap, trade and information technology indices.
The University of Balochistan offers graduate, postgraduate, doctoral and advanced programs of studies in various disciplines i-e Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Business & Public Administration, Computer etc. The students of this University share some key characteristics: high talent, leadership quality and commitment for accomplishment of tasks.
The University is equipped with the state of the art and science as well as qualified faculty with in the country and abroad. The courses in different disciplines of Science and Arts are designed to emphasize on research. Students are encouraged to think creatively and communicate their ideas effectively. The Science & Technology plays a vital role in the development of a country. Any nation can’t progress without the help of trained professionals in Science & Technology. At the University of Balochistan students are trained in the area of Natural, Physical, Chemical & Biological Sciences.