Kåre Melhus, professor and director of international studies at the Gimlekollen School of Journalism and Communication in Kristiansand, Norway, was at Ole Miss Friday, August 27, for discussions about our Integrated Marketing Communication curriculum.
Gimlekollen has received $10 million U.S. to develop the Kosovo Institute of Journalism and Communication in Pristina, Kosovo. Professor Melhus is chairman of the Board of Directors of KIJAC. will be put into place in Kosovo during the coming academic year.
Twenty-five journalism students graduate from the graduate level program each year, but the IMC curriculum will enable the program to attract many more students who will be vital in building the economy of the newly created nation.
During his visit, Professor Melhus met with faculty in the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and with administrators, including Greet Provoost, Director of Interntational Programs at Ole Miss; Provost Morris Stocks and Chancellor Dan Jones.
Dean Will Norton has been on the board of KIJAC since 2006. During one visit he met with Norwegian Embassy officials in Pristina who told him, “KIJAC is the light house for freedom in all the Balkans.
Serbian nationalists, Albanians, Bosnians, Croatians, Macedonians, Afghans, Israelis and many other nationalities are students in the program.
Dean Norton and Professor Melhus discussed how the program will develop and who might teach the IMC courses.