Kabul, May 13, 2013
With the inauguration of a state-of-the-art Media Operations Center (MOC), journalism students at Kabul University will have professional studios and equipment at their fingertips, giving them invaluable hands-on and practical experience to prepare them for their future journalism careers.
The U.S. Embassy provided a $2.67 million grant to the HUDA Development Organization, in close coordination with the Ministry of Higher Education and Kabul University, to build and equip the Media Operations Center. The three-story building has a print studio capable of producing books, magazines, and other materials; two radio recording and production studios; and a television recording and production studio. The MOC also features an adjacent broadcast tower which provides radio broadcast capability.
Officials with the Ministry of Higher Education, Kabul University, as well as faculty and students attended today’s ceremony. Honored guests included Dr. Obaidullah Obaid, the Minister of Higher Education, Dr. Habibullah Habib, Chancellor Kabul University, Dr. Waheed Gharwal, Dean, Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University, and Professor Hadi Hedayati, Vice Chancellor, Kabul University.
The facility opened to more than 500 enthusiastic journalism students when classes started on April 13. The U.S. Embassy’s Journalism Partnership Program with the University of Nebraska at Omaha will provide additional training to the University’s journalism professors on use of the advanced equipment and curriculum development.