This thesis defense was the very first one at the School of Communication & Media conducted through Skype.
The Master in International Communication is a joint programme, developed in close cooperation between five consortium partners. Students are required to study a semester at two different universities and work on their thesis in the third semester, which then has to be assessed by both universities.
With Ceciana presenting from her home country Brasil, there were two full-fledged examination committees, one at Vilnius University, Lithuania and one at the School of Communication & Media. Ceciana's thesis focused on the role that new media can play in sustainable development work for non-governmental organizations (NGO's) carried out in developing countries. The focus on new media was very appropriate considering the setting. Thesis supervisor Hope Webber (who is Ghanian, and still partly works his home country) comments: "I only met Ceciana once, and I never met her other supervisor and the people in Vilnius at all. Skype saves us such a lot of time and travelling. And Ceciana could never have done the interviews all over the world without Skype either. A master programme like this would be way too expensive without new media."
The Master in International Communication prepares communication professionals for their tasks and responsibilities in a multi-cultural and international environment.
Graduates of the MIC are interculturally competent communication professionals able to work in a global context from a European Perspective. They anticipate change and are able to create, offer and manage sustainable and innovative solutions to problems from the professional field at a senior managerial or consultancy level